I started off with something simple and easy to see, Jupiter. I could clearly see the cloud bands and its 4 moons with my 10mm eyepiece in. I wanted to see more, so I used the Barlow I had for my other scope, but I don't it works correctly with my dobson because it made my views look worse even though they were bigger. So, after that I decided that was enough of looking at Jupiter, so I moved on to my next target.
For my next target, I decided to pick the Moon, because, well why not, it is big and would be a good target to test the clarity of my telescope's optics. Immediately, I was over whelmed by how bright it was even though it was only waxing gibbious so I put the front cover on to block out most of the light. That helped a lot. It showed lots of detail, more than I ever remember seeing with my 4.5 inch. I used the 10mm to zoom in and saw even more details. I took a few pictures with my smartphone, and moved back to Jupiter which I watched until it went behind my treeline.
My next target was the north star, Polaris. This was just randomly selected on the spot, there no particular reason for this one. I did use it to make sure I had everything focused without it moving out of my
My next target was the brightest star, Sirius. It appeared very bright and even had spikes around it because of the brightness. I didn't much time here. Moving on.
My next target was the Orion Nebula. It appeared grey and fuzzy, but was clearly and easily visible, I saw the Trapezium easily with the 10mm eyepiece. I looked at some of the stars around it too. I saw lots of them, and they were all really clear.
My final target was a challenge. I chose comet 19P/Borelly because I saw on SkySafari that it was visible tonight, and I thought it would be a great target to test the abilities of my new scope and my ability to find objects without
And that ended my night. Hope you enjoyed reading about my first light experience, I had quite a night with my new telescope.