New Moon and M35-M38

Posted by XTSee on 29th March , 2009

The new Moon and a reasonably clear night tempted me this evening to setup the Celestron C6-SGT, but with the Moon low in the sky, and between buildings it was a race to get setup in time before it sank below the rooftops. My intention was to setup the scope’s Goto with the serial link [...] Read more »

Star Testing the Orion Skyquest XT10i

Posted by XTSee on 12th December , 2008

Tonight I had a go at star testing my XT10i telescope to check the collimation and optics.
There was a full moon tonight, transparency was not particularly good and only the brighter stars were properly visible, so there wasn’t much point in trying to see much else, and instead I figured better use of my time [...] Read more »

California Nebula and the return of Orion

Posted by XTSee on 25th October , 2008

With clear skies gradually returning now that the colder evenings of autumn are upon us I have been enjoying the views of the heavens while walking my trusty dog Ben on the public footpath in fields at the back of our house. For stargazing I suppose I’m lucky that I can be out in the [...] Read more »

Webcam imaging: Jupiter/Moon and exploring Auriga

Posted by XTSee on 12th October , 2008

Tonights viewing was an attempt to obtain some better webcam footage of Jupiter. As usual though, it was very low in the sky, and I have only a short timeslot due to gaps between buildings. In fact I stood the XT10 on top of my patio dining table to give it sufficient height to see [...] Read more »

Moon and Galaxies in Ursa Major

Posted by XTSee on 10th May , 2008

Moon Spotting
Today was a nice warm, spring day, and the evening was quite mild. Ideal to get the XT10 out for some viewing. Stars weren’t particularly bright tonight, but the scope soon revealed quite a reasonable amount of depth.
Tonight I wanted to focus on observing the Moon, which is 5 days into new moon, and [...] Read more »