Flintstone Stargazing

January 31, 2008

I’m actually glad for the clouds tonight…

Filed under: astronomy, Clouds, Equipment — Tags: , , — Ed @ 10:01 pm

It has been raining on and off this evening so the clouds are covering the sky, but that was fine by me. It gave me a chance to finish working with my mount without feeling pressured to get viewing. Boy am I glad I did. After being a bit disappointed with the RA axis yesterday, I’d been thinking about it and had the idea that maybe I had put the worm drive on crooked and that’s why it was sort of sticking. That’s exactly what was wrong. I took the worm drive off and reattached it paying special attention to how I aligned it and when I was done, the mount moved like butter. I also had time to be able to align the polar scope as well as fully collimate the telescope. Now, whenever the clouds go away, I should be able to retrain the drives and get the thing fully set up and ready to go.

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