2012/07/18

Adjusted all finderscopes. Confirmed proper operation of the 8″ Celestron telescope and Mallincam, and located a few deep sky objects. Adjusted the Mallincam camera settings accordingly. Although the 8″ Celestron collimation and focus appear to be OK, the stars are not as pinpoint as those previously viewed with the 6″ refractor. Determined that a new failure to properly slew to the correct position in the sky was due to an error with the local time settings in TheSky6 planetary program. Deleted the TPoint model and began creating a new one until clouds stopped us. There are 3 or 4 stars entered into the TPoint model presently, and slewing is accurate. It was interesting to note that even though there was 100% cloud cover with no stars visible to the naked eye, a 56 second Mallincam exposure captured M13. Amazing!

Glen and Mike