Still investigating issues with DEC tracking. January saw a few trips to TDS to obtain log files of encoder output and step response. The problem now seems dependent on which side of the pier the scope is on.
In early February a trip was made to investigate further. Axial movement was detected and measured in the worm gear and it was decided to pull the whole DEC mechanism for reconfiguration. The 24” scope will be out off commission until sometime in March.
Ross Salinger took some images of M42 and M90 in mid January. At right is an enhanced verision of his OIII image of M42, aka the Orion Nebula. Ross collected seven images of ten minutes each.
More stuff was cleared out of the back room and roof repairs await. Fortunately there’s not been much rain this season.
The flipped optical path is still ready for use and awaits a focusing training run at F8 and hopefully a training run with the at F16 (with the Televue) to get ready for double star speckle imaging.