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    Greetings Earthings....this is my first post and as a new star gazer a quick question.

    I have an 800mm telescope, a not very expensive one if I'm honest as my wife didnt want me spending a lot of money on a (possible) two-minute wonder!

    It is OK and does the job for me and the kids to start to explore the heavens - but it does suffer from the shakes and take a good few seconds to stabilize after it has been moved/touched/adjusted etc.

    Is there anyway to reduce this?

    Many thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonXabi View Post
    Greetings Earthings....this is my first post and as a new star gazer a quick question.

    I have an 800mm telescope, a not very expensive one if I'm honest as my wife didnt want me spending a lot of money on a (possible) two-minute wonder!

    It is OK and does the job for me and the kids to start to explore the heavens - but it does suffer from the shakes and take a good few seconds to stabilize after it has been moved/touched/adjusted etc.

    Is there anyway to reduce this?

    Many thanks!
    No offense intended, but it would be helpful if you gave us a bit more info. Then someone may have precisely the correct answer for you. . .

    Exactly what telescope do you have (make, model, etc.)? What kind of mount and tripod?

    Also, note that telling us that it is an 800mm telescope really doesn't give us much to go on. I'm going to assume that you gave us the focal length, but we'd also really like to know the size of the objective, whether it is a reflector or refractor, what kind of eyepieces you are using (whether they are Plossl's, Kellner's, Orthos, etc. and their focal length in mm's).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonXabi View Post
    Greetings Earthings....this is my first post and as a new star gazer a quick question.

    I have an 800mm telescope, a not very expensive one if I'm honest as my wife didnt want me spending a lot of money on a (possible) two-minute wonder!

    It is OK and does the job for me and the kids to start to explore the heavens - but it does suffer from the shakes and take a good few seconds to stabilize after it has been moved/touched/adjusted etc.

    Is there anyway to reduce this?

    Many thanks!
    Without knowing what you have Ill give it a shot in the dark here.
    First tighten up every nut & bolt possible to a degree that it won't interfere with movement. Next add a weight to the tripod at the bottom of the eyepiece holder , couple lbs. makes a BIG diff, Also if possible use the scope with the tripod legs non extended. This will mean sitting or neeling on the ground to view. Better bring along a rug or carboard then its not a big issue.
    Other then this that's about all you can do without an upgrade on the mount.
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    Suspending a weight from the center tray will make a huge difference! also make sure that you are not leaning on the scope body when you look and (I know it sounds silly) but use the old photographers trick and time your breathing

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    Without knowing what actual telescope you own and what kind of mount you have it on to be honest all we can say has already been said...tighten every bolt on the tripod and set the tripod up as low to the ground that you can use comfortably...

    Give us more to work with....

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    Hi Don,
    Welcome to the Forum!
    Universal solutions to shakes include:
    -Setting telescope on grass instead of concrete;
    -Shortening the mount legs to minimum usable length;
    - Using the longest focus eyepieces you are happy with;
    - Tightening all screws and joints of the mount (without breaking them);
    - Putting a maximum sustainable mass on the mounts tray;
    - Some folk experiment with a length of chain hung on the telescope's tube.
    Clear skies,
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    One other thing Ill add is never ever place your scope on a wooden deck.
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    Don this is a thread I did a while back, not knowing what you have for a scope I am not sure if this will help...but take a look. Also all good advice from above.


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