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Posted by Glenn Mitchell on May 13, 2002 02:39:55 UTC

I took the scope out last night. It was overcast, and I hoped it would clear. It didn't. The only thing visible was Sirius for just a few minutes and Venus for a little longer. Both wandered in and out of visibility.

I decided to see how well the scope would do without any chance to adjust the initial star selection.

The scope ran through its paces. It selected Arcturus, pointed to the part of the sky I'd guess Arcturus would be. I selected it without slewing the scope to put the star dead center in the reticle (hard to do, if the star is completely overcast -- LOL). Then it picked Capella. The scope did the same. So did I.

I selected Venus and pressed GOTO. It went straight to it. Venus was just off center in my finder scope.

I was very impressed with the accuracy of the scope, since I could not improve the initial alignment.

Mitch

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