Going back to finish off the construction blog. On January 24, 2011, I finally got everything assembled and nearly ready for 1st light. I wanted to try and focus on a star before mounting it with the bungie cords. Strange as it sounds, Polaris is quite visible through the skylights in my family room if you stand in the dining room entrance. If you know your astronomy, Polaris doesn't rotate much as it is <1° from the celestial pole. I knew I can see it but could the telescope see it through the dirty skylight and glass at 1600mm focal length? YES IT COULD! Is it first light, techically, yes?! But I wanted better, see the next post...
A view of completed setup
Poiting out the skylight
FOCUS ACHIEVED!!! This was a big sigh of relief that all the designs and plans panned out!
Now let's put this bad boy on the mount and wait for clear skies!