June 12, 2014
Looking at the stars and galaxies have always been part of me ever since I was a kid. I know that someday this passion will come true and this day it began.
My telescope arrived as a kit and just to test out that everything is working properly, I decided to point it to the easiest recognizable planet which is Saturn. It was cool, and my kids enjoyed it. That was fun.
Declination, Ascession motors, controllers working properly, setting up the tripod and mount was challenging as everything is heavy and needs special care. This was just a rough test since the motors should be able to track stars, galaxies and planets and haven’t tested those.
Next was to setup astrophotography but that was very difficult as I’m a beginner, I have very little skills and knowledge. It took weeks for me to do my research and testing out my telescope. The experience was a little bit frustrating specially in finding Polaris to align the telescope.
Decided to buy the Celestron Auto Star Align and made life a breeze, was finally able to do astrophotography and the Dumbbell Nebula was the first result.