6:30 AM on 11/24. Sunrise over the Sacramento Mountains. I came up to Orion’s Belt last night right after work to work on calibrating the new mount. It’s been a whole month since this key piece of equipment arrived. Since then I have been troubleshooting less than optimal pointing behavior. It turns out I have a lot of backlash in declination! So at least I know what the problem is. Sometimes you need to take a break from all this equipment hassle and just enjoy this amazing universe we live in! A cup of coffee on a brisk November morning with the sunrise could do the trick.
We now have a platform consisting of a mount, optical tube and camera! Yay! Unfortunately the mount is not performing as expected which of course is disappointing but we are determined to fix the problem. I have found with all this imaging stuff the more you spend the more trouble there is! You would think a telescope mount that costs as much as a car would be trouble free. I guess not. Anyway I keep telling myself they sent up the Hubble in 1992 with a mirror surface that was jacked up and required refiguring!! So I guess things aren’t that bad. At least my equipment is still Earthbound! More coffee and sunrises for me.