AutoFiLX200

by Theodore R Frimet

shrimp gumbo

Tasty little morsel, if you’re not going Vegan. I have been off the reservation for quite a few months. I’d got a hankering for shrimp gumbo for my telescope. You know, the Meade LX200 GPS that I’ve invested time and money into? Yes, yes, I know. Don’t get you started. We ALL have time and money invested in our telescopes. Yet, this is one tasty little morsel.

I was watching one of our AAAP members, awhile ago. He tipped and paused his tablet, while his mount ushered to a new venue. I was so impressed. After a few years of pushing a dob, and an SCT about, I decided that my final destination would be wireless. Yummy.

Enter our Ukraine European ally, and provider of all good things for the Meade LX 200 GPS, astro-gadget.net. This wireless support offer was clearly everything that the chef could summon to the menu. It works flawlessly with my iPhone 6S running iOS 13.3.1, and Sky Safari Plus. Hurray!

The price was not hefty, and despite anticipating the shipment, our business partner, Alexander, was with me, every step of the way. Thank you for mailing the order!

Замовлення отримано сьогодні і працює у справному стані.
Сподіваюсь на чисте небо та приємні спостереження 🙂
Дякую за вашу працю, вашу інтелект та вашу доставку!

Saturday night, and everything is all right. A waning crescent moon took a nose dive at 4:41 EST. I set up during daylight, and readied for a few hours of viewing. There were going to be clouds in the forecast. So I ruled out a car trip to Jenny Jump, and settled into my backyard.

Mu Cep – Garnet Star, Beta Monocerotis, Messier 34 and Messier 93 all found with ease. 

The Garnet Star was one of my first, “push-to” experiences, while on an AAAP Star Party. I hopped, from star to star, using charts, and brut eye measurements. Tonight, the pedestrian in me parted ways. I jumped with joy, not having to wander the night sky. My efforts to make observations of the Garnet Star were easy peasee.

Beta Monocerotis was truly a wonder. At first blush this brightest star in Monceres appeared as a doublet. Pushing the magnification, with an Explore Scientific 11mm 82 degree series eyepiece, resolved this Beta as 3 stars, just as 8:40 PM started to set in.

My evening was capped off with a visit to M34, sporting an open cluster. To be sure, I managed a one off on M93, an open star cluster in Puppis.

My Autostar II paddle display appeared to be too bright. I attempted an adjustment. I am one-off from the latest firmware, so the inevitable problem ensued. Communication was lost to my scope. It drifted peacefully about the night sky.

Rest assured, I powered down, and was ready to Automatic-Align. Then clouds from the East crept in. Having had two hours of fine observation, I mused, “to shroud, or not to shroud – that is the question”. I decided on the former, and brought our Meade LX200 GPS home to roost in its JMI case.

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