Flintstone Stargazing

January 1, 2009

The Moon and Venus During the Daytime on 1/1/09

Filed under: Observation Journal — Ed @ 9:34 pm

Today, I glanced up and happened to see the Moon. What I didn’t expect was that I would be able to see Venus as well, during the daytime. Pretty cool. Unfortunately, the image is a bit out of focus…

I spent a lot of the day working on my scope. One of the gears on my electric focuser came loose, so I fixed that. I also disassembled my mount, regreased and re-set the right ascension axis and re-fit the gears in the declination axis. Afterward, I realigned the mount’s polar scope and retrained the drive motors, so it’s a bit disappointing that the sky is cloudy this evening because I’d like to check out the improvements. When I was testing and aligning this afternoon, everything was silky smooth, so I’m expecting great things, particularly regarding autoguiding.

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2 Comments »

  1. It is an amazing sight…Venus is so very bright

    Comment by Stacie — January 1, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

  2. By the way…I’m in Chattanooga. Just happened upon your blog searching for info about tonight’s sky. Thanks!

    Comment by Stacie — January 1, 2009 @ 11:30 pm


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