Last episode, I got my hands on this lovely old Celestron-Vixen C80-SP, a nice Made-in-Japan 80mm f/11 achromat on a Super Polaris mount with a heavy duty wood tripod. Right now, I'm mostly using it for piggyback photography with a DSLR.
The SP mount had no polar alignment scope, but I read on a forum that the current Celestron CG-5 / Synta EQ5 polar scopes fit. So I ordered a polar scope off ebay, and it works perfectly. Like it was meant to fit there. I guess Synta really did copy the SP and GP right down to the thread sizes. The mount is much easier to align now, I got polaris in there just so, and I had minimal drift error over 15 minutes on Orion.
Does anyone know if the camping site usually sits on semi-hard or concrete pads? The 2005 photo and comment mentioned campers were on concrete ground. Were bringing pads but maybe cots are better suited for this event.
Submitted by david_finlayson on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 22:56
For some reason, I've always struggled to find M32 in the eye piece. Burnham identifies M32 as a large, very, very bright (!!) companion galaxy to M31, the Andromeda galaxy. He goes on, “M32 may be seen in field glasses as a fuzzy 9th magnitude “star” just 24' to the south of the central mass of M31...M32 [is] conspicuous on photographs of the Andromeda Galaxy and [is] well known to most observers. [M32] is considerably larger than visual observations would indicate; densitometer studies of M32 show that the true size is at least 8.5'” (Burnham, Vol. I, p. 149).