It's been a few days since I blogged--the holiday was busy. Kat's back had been bothering her for a while, and it got pretty bad over the weekend. Em was here, and we were able to have a good non-turkey day, with a feast of Kat's special potato/carrot/squash soup (my favorite), green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, hashroom casserole, some raw veggie mixtures that our only-eats-raw-foods friend and Kat made up together (I didn't taste that!), salad, and a nice Sara Lee cheesecake. I used to miss having turkey and dressing, but we had so much good food this year I didn't miss the old bird a bit. Besides, I love seeing them in the wild; why support the fake big-breasted turkey industry?
Astronomy Boy Jeff DeTray has given me some ideas about how to manage the vignetting and test the lenses and such, and I researched rack-and-pinion focusers online during the holiday weekend. They're a bit pricey, but I think one would make a big difference. I need to choose carefully, though--not many of the sites have photos or detailed descriptions. I'll see what happens when I try Jeff's suggestions in the morning (it's dark by 4:30 now, so no scoping after work).
I'll try to get up extra early in the morning and see what the view through the scope looks like. It's been unseasonably warm here, reaching the 50s in the daytime (though we get a light to medium frost every night). So I've been enjoying what little of the sun I've been able to see when I'm not at work. It's hard for a southerner to do without the sun, but somehow I will manage. Hope to get some good photos in the morning, then post sometime during the day.