Our first time taking the EdgeHD 14 outside since September. Perhaps the Astro-Physics 1100GTO and Mach2GTO mounts we've been using for deep sky imaging have spoiled me, but managing such a large and heavy setup on the CGEM DX seemed much harder than I remember. Frequent breezes and the telescope starting far out of collimation did not help.
The Equatorial Zone appears to be losing the orange color it has had to varying degrees since 2018. Mid-infrared images have shown that thermal emissions increase when the zone has a darker color, indicating the white ammonia cloud layer that is higher and colder is gone during these times. The loss of color indicates the ammonia cloud layer is returning.
Astro-Physics Advanced Convertible Barlow
Celestron EdgeHD 14
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