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    Hello and greets. I'm a newbie - meaning I haven't touched a scope in my life except to unpack from the box, rtfm and feel more than a little confused.
    Looked through a lot of threads here hoping for an ABC for someone like me - can't find one - will be watching the beginner tut vids - however, before I point the scope at anything I'm hoping for some sage advice.
    Specifically - I have a nexstar 5se new. Power supply poweramp thing - I've worked out how to use.

    Steps in order ?
    Collimation check, alignment ( as per the manual for the 3 star thing ), etc..
    Its probably simple - but right now, the big words scare me
    Any basic help appreciated - even a pointer to the right thread to look in.

    I'm going to have my first stab tonight - live in a place with little ambient light and can view off my balcony if a clear sky.

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    hi and welcome to the forums.
    alot of real good info can be had at the top of the beginners
    forum in the stickies there.
    also,stickies in the other forums.
    the best thing right now is patience,you're on two learning curves.
    learning the sky,and learning the scope.
    practice with the scope during the day,in the house until you get
    used to using the controls and how to set the scope up.
    remember to line the finderscope up with the ota aswell.
    this should be done during the day for good results.
    find a distant static object,say a telegraph pole(the further away,the better) then centre the top,in the
    eyepiece.once you have,put the exact same view in the finder by adjusting
    the thumb screws.
    you'll be amazed how many people just put the finder on the ota and then
    say they can't see anything through the scope.
    a simple thing that many get wrong.
    if you have any problems/worries,just post your questions.
    we're a friendly,helpful bunch here.
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    As Andy says above.
    Also have a read at this thread from a while back, but still relevant Nexstar 4SE...can't even locate the moon
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    FatBob,

    You have an excellent telescope with a mount having a lot of advanced features. You will need to read the manual many times to absorb all that your telescope has to offer. I'm on my tenth reading and still find stuff.

    Starting out, keep life simple and stay with the basics. The three star align works very well.

    Don't worry about using the built-in wedge on the mount, the camera control features, equatorial alignments, and polar alignments for the time being. That can come later after you gain experience.

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    Hi Fatbob,

    Dont worry take in all the advice given here. Im very new to using Scopes too and all the advice given here is perfect!! Enjoy looking through your Scope first. Do you have an IPhone or something like that? There are some great Apps that you can use to help you. I have a HTC Desire and i have an App called Google Skymaps and i use it by searching what i want to look at and it will show you just where in the sky to find it.
    Great tool i have found.

    Also if you are able to have a look for an Astronomical Society or club that is in your local area and join it. You will learn a heap from People first hand and a heap from this forum.

    Enjoy your Scope mate.

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    Go slow-- takes about 3-4 times outside with the scope to learn how to operate it and use the hand controller. You can PRACTICE inside the house doing fake alignments to learn the hand controller menu options. Easier to learn in the day time than in the dark!

    a. Set up the scope as Joe says above in ALT AZ mode-- do not do a polar alignment yet. Some scopes have a HOME position -- check the manual. This is a starting position for alignment.

    b. Level the tripod

    c. Make sure time, date, and site are correct in the hand controller.

    d. Execute a 2 star or better a 3 star alignment, centering each star in the eyepiece. Make sure your finder scope is aligned exactly with the main tube, you can do this on a distant object during the day time.

    e. Once you align on 2 or 3 stars execute a goto to Saturn which is up right now-- keep your eye close to the eyepiece as the scope finishes it's slewing-- Saturn may drift slowly across the eyepiece and just outside the field of view (maybe) toward the end of the goto slew-- BUT you will know exactly where it is located off the edge of view, and can re-center it with the hand controller.

    That's about it. Clear skies to you.
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