Time: 2012-03-24 22:30 – 2012-03-25 01:30 CDT ( 2012-04-25 03:30 – 06:30 UTC )
Location: 93d36 ‘W 41d44’N
Conditions: ~60 F, clear, no moon
Trans: 2/5, Seeing: 3/5
* Meade DS-90 90mm refractor telescope + assorted eyepieces
* Logitech C525 CCD webcam at prime focus
What I Saw
This was a first test using my nice 1.25″ eyepieces in the Meade DS-90 on planets, and I was pretty happy with it so far. I have also recently received an inexpensive ($32 US, AgenaAstro.com) GSO 1.25″ 2x Barlow lens that I like quite a lot. I have yet to take the time to get a good enough look at Saturn to see the Cassini division. As it rises higher earlier in the evening as spring goes on, that will happen soon enough though. I also managed to get a live video stream of Saturn on the Internet for about 1.5 hours on my Ustream.tv channel, and later in a Google+hangout with another amateur astronomer in Indiana. I also decided that I need to work on the (cheap) plastic rack and pinion focuser on this scope, it’s somewhat dreadful. After stacking 2231 video frames of Saturn in RegiStax I confirmed my suspicion that either seeing was not great, focus was off, optics of the main objective are not great, or a little of each.
– Full-length Ustream.tv link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPPEbZ5JnJs
– Highlight reel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQBPtlo2vFw
* M13, globular cluster, Hercules
I noticed (after being reminded by aforementioned Indiana astronomer) that Hercules was up and quite high in the sky just about as I was starting to finish up for the night, so I decided to try and get a peek with with the DS-90 at one of the best globular clusters in the sky. Seeing/transparency were marginal, but with a 20mm lens I was able to see a nice fuzzy glob and could barely resolve a few stars around the outside when using averted vision. These objects are SO MUCH better in my 10″ Zhumell Dob.
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I have the exact same telescope and have just purchased some missing parts. Would love any suggestions or helpful hints you may have!!!
Hi there, so sorry for the late response! If you need replacement parts, I called Meade directly to get a new 1.25″ diagonal.
Otherwise http://www.surplusshed.com/ might be a good place to find parts. Good luck!