Tuesday, February 15, 2011

porch observatory

Finished all my prep.

The power cord was threaded outside through the kitchen window.

The Celestron 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain tube was installed atop the Vixen Super Polaris mount. I put the plastic dew cap in place.

Finder scope installed and aligned.

The dew heaters were installed and powered. The Velcro end on the eyepiece strap was a little flimsy, on its last threads... I hoped the end bit wouldn't fly off the porch in a snow bank.

The mount already felt a little stiff to move about, as the temperature dropped.

Netbook was in the kitchen staying warm, custom observing list ready.

I had suited up with ski pants and 5 layers on the torso.

I should come up with a name... The Overlook? Ha ha ha!

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