I am going to take you through the set-up, except for getting the parts outside. Wow!!! That dang thing picked up a couple hundred more pounds than the last time I set it up. Guess it has been a couple of years. Where does the time go?? And so fast…
It seems to me that I used to carry that tube with the mirror in it. Yep, sure did. Now, I could hardly handle the tube by itself. I tied a rope around it in two places to act like a sling. That gave me something to hold on to. Even so, it wasn’t a pretty sight, getting it out through a couple of doors, but managed somehow and was still able to walk back in the house and then try to get that base out. Just as much trouble; now I know why it has been so long since I had it out (grin).
OK, I got it out. Now, this first picture is the three main parts, tube, base, and mirror (in the box).
I put the tube on the base. This next picture is looking down the tube.
I opened the box that holds the mirror safely in Styrofoam. I put a tape measure across the mirror support plate to give you an idea of the size of the tube it fits to.
To make it easier to get the mirror in the same way each time, I put a mark on the tube at one of the three bolts.
Got it bolted on. See, I even got the marks on the mirror plate and the tube to match up. So far so good, see next picture.
This next picture was taken after the mirror was mounted, looking at it from the side. You can see that the mirror is spring mounted and also adjustable.
Ok, how about a picture looking down the tube with the mirror in place:
OK, all together. Guess that calls for a victory picture:
And the last picture is looking down the tube with the mirror in place, but without my ugly face showing up in it as it did in the ones above:
The viewing was the best it gets for this area. Other than a few billion stars, here is a short list of what I viewed:
Jupiter and her moons. Beautiful colored stripes.
Uranus – a fuzzy bluish ball
M31 – The bright Andromeda spiral galaxyM32 – Andromeda’s companion along with M110
I am limited to a small patch of sky because of the house on one side and trees tall trees on all sides. Could see a lot more from a wide open field somewhere, but the deck is more convenient.