After watching a YouTube video on German equatorial mounts, I quickly learned that it's easiest to move only two axes at a time while keeping the elevation and vertical axis (not sure what it's called really) in the start position.
On August 11, 2013 I took the telescope out onto my balcony in Brownsburg, IN to test it out for the first time on the crescent moon. I'm calling this "first light" because it's my first real observation after cleaning and aligning my new (to me) scope!
|Meade 285 (D=60mm, F=900mm, f/15) with German equatorial mount|
|The scope, mount, and tripod set up in my grandpa's study|
|The scope in pieces ready to be taken back to Indiana|
|First light back in Indiana, turning the corner into the world of scopes!|
|iPhone photo with exposure lock (Night Cap)|
|iPhone photo through the eyepiece|
|Saturn! Not a great photo, but just enough to tell that it's not a star. Taken with iPhone through the eyepiece.|