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Are The Planets/stars Close To Horizon

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Posted by Peter Lai on October 4, 2002 21:51:20 UTC

Hi,

If the planets/stars are close to the horizon, they may become fussy due to air currents from cooling land masses.

I have similar problem w/ watching Saturn using my 10" LX200GPS after midnight. I can see the ring and the bright Saturn, but no details. I can see the air currents rising. I may try again later and wait till 3 or 4am when the planet is higher. As for stars and messiers, I have no problem seeing them, upto ~ magnitude 6, using the manual knob and the microfuser.

The only problem I have w/ the scope is the slewing noise. Have to manually move the scope after 11pm so as not to disturb my neighbors.

Good luck

PEter

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