Gary wrote:During last night's sidewalk at Bishan Park, SkyProdigy 130 was not able to auto align itself. Based on memory, the sky clarity was about the same (if not very slightly better) than the first time when it was there.
Need more tests to check the auto-align feature under average sky conditions in Singapore. Or if there is a way to improve or speed up the auto alignment process - e.g. manually move/point it to a clearer patch in the sky, power off and power on again. Perhaps a brighter Moon just drowned out enough stars to hinder auto alignment.
Didn't have time to really test other alignment options due to the sidewalk nature where we are constantly "interrupted" by the curious public (not that I mind cause it's suppose to be a sidewalk anyway). Perhaps more intensive testing during some upcoming overnight sessions when there is much less crowd or privately by the owner herself.
The play in the focuser is more obvious if the visual train is extended (e.g. via barlow), shifting the image in the view while focusing. Perhaps exaggerated in last night's case because the telescope was not auto-aligned properly and thus not tracking properly.
The default red dot finder has been replaced by a right angle finder. Very useful upgrade. Less neck pain in finding objects through it.
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