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    Hello, I've had my scope for 2 clear nights now, I have the Heritage 130P FlexTube™ 130mm (5.1") f/650, Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm, x2 Barlow Lens. And i can see the moon fine with the 10mm and 25mm.

    But I aim my telescope at other things and have the mirror reflection so i take that as out of focus so i twiddle the focuser and then i see a dot. Am i doing something wrong or expecting too much? cause I expect to see something more then a tiny dot...

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    a dot of light? if so then probably thats whatever star you may be looking at. There will be more post so keep a watchfull eye. I myeslf have a 10" Dob and with the exception of planets, nebula's, and galaxies any other star that I point to still ends up as nothing more than a bright dot. With that in mind though, the planet, nebula, and galaxies still dont show up as the pretty pictures you will see in the magazines or on the net.
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    Stars are mostly points of light..no more. They may vary in color as you view more, like Betelgeuse which is a red giant
    Or they may be colored doubles like Albireo. If you can view the Moon with detail, then things seem to be working fine. Try get a view of Jupiter away in the west, although it may be a bit late now to see it.
    Have you down loaded stellarium yet?
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    Did you align the finder with the telescope? If not, you may not be looking where you thought you would be looking. The moon is a fairly big target and relatively forgiving of a misaligned finderscope.

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    Hi Daveed, got my 130p last week. Yep, stars will appear as just points of light,
    Have you tried the Orion nebula? It looks pretty cool through this scope.
    Had my first EVER view of Saturn the other night, it was AMAZING!! This was with just 65x mag as they sent me a 3x barlow instead of the 2x. The 3x just doesn't work well. Try Saturn tonight at 10:30-11:00pm east-ish! I'm guessing that with the 10mm and a 2x it will look Fantastic!

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    Another target to try for.
    Saturn is coming up a little after 8pm, it should by high enough to see after 10pm or so. The first time I showed my wife Saturn was through my 130mm scope and she could tell what it was.
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    If you are expecting Hubble-type images (like the ones on telescope packaging!), you will be disappointed.

    There are basically three types of objects you can look at: planets, stars, and DSOs. Planets (including the moon in this case) are the only ones on first glance that look like anything. With suitable magnification, depending on which one you are looking at, you will see a disk and possibly some surface features. Stars are dots. Any time a star doesn't look like a dot, there's something wrong with your scope. DSOs (Deep Space Objects), until you get used to them, look like fuzzy patches that might or might not be there.

    Part of the beauty of astronomy is learning to appreciate what is there. Stars often come in clusters. Open clusters are really pretty, as I am only now learning, having just purchased a good wide-angle eyepiece. They are still just dots, but in nice arrangements. Those fuzzy DSOs turn out to have details that you can make out if you let your eyes get properly dark-adapted, and you learn how to see with averted vision.

    Part of the challenge of astronomy is learning what it is you are looking at, and how to see it well.

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    Thank you guys, for all your replies!

    I have Stellarium, and its great apart from the fact I have to go inside everytime I forget where something is! But I will keep the faith an keep trying.
    I would go an look at Saturn, but the clouds have decided to roll in! So it'll have to be another night.

    But I have to say looking a the moon was pretty epic, I admire the detail I got with my scope :P

    But thanks again

    Clear skies

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    Sounds like you could really use a sky atlas to keep with you at the scope. I highly recommend the Pocket Sky Atlas [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sky-Telescopes-Pocket-Atlas/dp/1931559317/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1299710287&sr=8-1]Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas: Amazon.co.uk: Roger W. Sinnott: Books[/ame]

    It is small, portable and convenient. I also recommend you get a red flashlight with which to read it by as red light will help preserve your night vision better than running in and out of the house and looking at the pc screen. You can even take a regular flashlight (torch) and put some red plastic film over it (enough layers to sufficiently dim the light but still be able to see the atlas pages). I never go outside without my atlas and red light.
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    OR download this free monthly star chart and take it outside:

    Skymaps.com - Publication Quality Sky Maps & Star Charts

    and remember that if you point it at a STAR you will only see a brighter STAR that's all. You must locate the objects in the sky such as star clusters, globular clusters, galaxies, and planets, and nebula. The majority of which you cannot see naked eye.

    Find a local Astronomy club and the members will help you with the telescope.

    Clear skies!
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