Polar scope woes, Stellarium telescope control and 1st light 2010

Posted by XTSee on 30th January , 2010

Last night/morning (Jan 29th/30th) was the first time I have been out with my C6-SGT not only for 2010, but also for a whole year (previous post explains about my pond building antics putting my astronomy on hold!).
Coming home from work the evening sky was beautifully clear, and I was in a great mood taking [...] Read more »

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 »

Moon Mosaic using a Focal Reducer - almost!

Posted by XTSee on 22nd March , 2009

Quite a while ago I bought a 0.8x Focal Reducer for my XT10i telescope in the hope that I would be able to obtain a wider field of view when taking astronomy pictures with my SPC900NC webcam.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get the damn thing to focus, even with my Low-Profile Crayford Focuser. It may be just [...] 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 »

ScopeTeknix Zodiac ST90 bin-mount,Moon, Andromeda, M103, NGC457

Posted by XTSee on 22nd September , 2008

Tonight at first sight looked promising with stars out, but not very good transparency.
I started by setting up my 20×80 binos to try them out with the ScopeTeknix Zodiac ST90 counterbalance binocular mounting which I bought at the same time as the binos, but until now have not had the opportunity to use them. The [...] Read more »

10 Things You Don’t Know About The Earth

Posted by XTSee on 9th September , 2008

I like this post about 10 Things You Don’t Know About the Earth, very interesting……. Phil Plait, the creator of Bad Astronomy, is an astronomer, lecturer, and author. After ten years working on Hubble Space Telescope and six more working on astronomy education, he struck out on his own as a writer.
What if you dug [...] Read more »

Partial Lunar eclipse thru 20×80 binos

Posted by XTSee on 17th August , 2008

Well I had very little hope of actually seeing the Partial Lunar Eclipse which took place on 16th August, starting at 20:36 BST, and ending at 23:44, with maximum coverage at 22:10. This weekends weather had been forecast (once again) as rainy and cloudy. Dull, dull, dull!
So I had given up all hope of actually [...] Read more »

Lunar photos of the Moon added to astrophotography section

Posted by XTSee on 21st June , 2008

Tonight I have brought the Astrophotography section of my web site to life by creating a sub-section showing the pictures I have taken of the Moon.

Although I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to astrophotography, the point is to show folk what I was able to produce on my very first attempt [...] 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 »