Dang Weather!


After finally fixing the problem with the wedge, and actually getting the scope roughly aligned, I realized that I would need to engage the "SmartMount" function to get the tracking to where I needed it to be. This function, built into the scope, selects roughly 40 stars that you align to, one at a time, and tell the scope when you're "dead center". This refines the tracking of the scope, as it learns any errors that are present in the gears and tracking.

However, thanks to Mother Nature, I haven't had any clear skies to try the procedure. This picture shows the

Dome and Grey Skies
Dome and Grey Skies
dome from the backyard, and the absence of blue skies should be a clue. Even the Bel Tor Clear Sky Clock says the sky should be "average", or 3 out 5 in terms of seeing conditions. But I just looked up and saw nothing but yuck. Hopefully in the next few days a glimmer of clear skies will occur and I can continue working on Bertha's tracking and accuracy.

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