Antares 127mm Second Light
Just a quick session to check a few things that were nagging me since last night's session...
All of the initial settings are OK, the Sirius definitely points west when Vega is east of meridian. Does UTC offset need to be -4 hours, even when daylight savings time is selected? Is one hour difference enough to explain that large an error?
Did 2-star alignment on Vega and Altair, and was able to find M13 and M92 this time with the LVW42. After centering and switching eyepieces, they both looked nice with their outer stars resolving and their cores bright. I want to compare the views between the Antares and TV85 at similar magnification next time out just to see what the extra 1.5" or so buys.
After the Hercules globs, I entered M27 and the Sirius but in dam near in the center of the field. But after a while (20 min maybe?) it drifted out of the field. Selected it again, and it went right back to the middle of the field! OK... so if the mount knows where the object is, why can't it keep it centered while tracking?
Polar scope definitely does not illuminate, and straight-thru finder scope is most definitely the must useless piece of shit I've ever had the privilege of owning.
Clouds rolled in quickly a little before 10pm.