Having owned this mount and scope for nearly a year, I am thinking of adding a GoTo/tracking function by purchasing the SynScan Pro V3 Upgrade kit but would first like to seek the views of any members who have already added this feature or been down this route. At around £300 it should be an excellent accessory and all the utube videos and internet reviews support this. Alternatively, is it possible to add just motor drives (at around £100) and control these with planetarium software, like Stellarium or Skysafari?
Any views, in favour or against are very welcome. Thanks.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, I coudn’t sleep last night, so looking out of the window, I could see almost an exact last quarter moon. It would seem then that one of my favourite targets, Rupes recta, or the Straight wall might be ideally lit in the (lunar) setting sun for a change.
And so it was! A couple of the details deserved a closer examination:
Dome Birt 1 was quite obvious on the detail image of the Straight wall.
It was also interesting to compare images of the Wall under rising and setting sun conditions.
I acquired the rising sun image a couple of years ago under similar (ie window-sill) conditions.
A little north of the Wall is the crater Lalande, and do I see a second “Lunar X”?!
We have a new sunspot! – albeit very tiny!
Looking through my records for potential targets I noticed I had no recorded observation either image or sketch, of M25, a Sagittarius open cluster. This is probably because of its large size (30′) and low elevation. Anyway, it looked ideal for a window-sill image, so after a considerable time tracking it down (there aren’t any convenient stars to hop from), here it is:
As luck would have it, there wasn’t much happening on the Sun when we were at the Forestry centre. It did put on a show later though—