Observation Log 3/24/04

nx8i.jpg3/24/04- Installed Bob’s Knobs.
Installed Ray’s Brackets.

6pm- Showed Jan all five naked eye planets! 8:45 pm- Celestron NexStar 8i telescope. Collimate. Split Polaris for first time. Tube currents for ~2 hours. Dew. Runaway altitude axis- balance or Declination nut? Better w/ 1.25″ eyepieces, so it’s probably a balance problem.

Jan came back out for amazing views of Saturn, Jupiter w/ 17mm Nagler! Collimation pretty good, need excellent seeing to do better. 10PM-12PM- tried “Tour” button, but GoTo problematic. Had to re-align a lot. Saw Kemble’s Cascade. Must practice balancing the OTA in the field.

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