Name: Quentin Thomas, Mathieu Vander Donckt Crew: 178
date: 14 April 2017
Sky Conditions: clear
Wind Conditions: windy, we closed the lower part of the shutter because it was shivering.
Observation Start Time: 1am
Observation End Time: 2am
Summary: The first goal was to set up the telescope for the first time. We couldn’t make any photography due to the problems described below.
Objects Viewed: Arcturus, Jupiter
Problems Encountered: impossible to focus. For each viewed star, what should have been a single point was stretched out. Jupiter was fuzzy. We guess this is due to the alignment of the primary mirror. Can you send us the procedure to follow? Thank you.
Also, we didn’t dare to open the lower part of the shutter because of the wind. It was shivering. We let the upper part open to set up the telescope for next nights. After encountering the focusing problem, we closed everything.
Quentin “Dips” Thomas, Crew Astronomer,
Mathieu “Mitch” Vander Donckt, Crew Scientist and Journalist.