After it felt like forever, we received our scope yesterday. Everything was well packaged and shipped on time. Thanks to Vince and Issac at http://www.highpointscientific.com. We did our first unboxing video. Sigh, it was tough, not to laugh when your best friend is right by your side and when this is your first time. I am sure we will have many people making fun of us, but there is a first time for everything and there is thrill and nervousness in the first time.
After we unboxed our scope(which by the way, came in three different shipments and is heavy and massive), we jumped right into action. We set up our mount, counter weights, the OTA however to our dismay, we could not see anything in the scope last night. One major mistake on our end was we started this pretty late in the evening, so by the time we wanted to go back and correct things, it was dark. The moon was amazing last night, I really wish I was able to set everything up but we failed. I am very sure, the reason why we could not see anything through our eye piece was because we were completely out of focus. I plan on starting the alignment and setting focus in the day time today, so that we are well prepared for this night.
One thing that I must point out is the lack of proper instructions for the device. I really hope Celestron will take this into account, and provide videos on how to set up the device.
Today is another day, and hopefully we will “See” some success today. I feel optimistic.
The situation reminds me of this wonderful poem by Emily Dickinson
Hope is the Thing with Feathers
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.