How the mighty fall…
I’m working on a project for a beginner’s astrophotography book and to avoid cheating, bought a bunch of budget equipment to try out with a DSLR, tripod and Fornax Lightrack. Focusing on a DSLR can be a bit of a chore without PC support, so I found a bright star to the south and tried to focus on it using the liveview on the LCD.
Dammit! This refractor is awful, I thought to myself. It must have a de-centered element or something, as the best I could manage was an elongated orange blob.
4 days later, I realized I had been looking at Saturn.