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    hi all tried for 2 days to work out the star finder on my celestron130 coming close to giving up .been cloudy most of the day here in wrexham n wales any way went into garden about 11.00pm and nearly a clear sky took telsecope into the back garden to try and look at jupiter i think in the west from me i tried for 30 minutes and could not see it in the scope and finder together and give up .I turn the scope around about 120 degrees to the moon same finder seems to be independant .however by manouvering the scope and on my hand and knees sighting down the scope got the moon smack bang in the middle of the eyepiece one word describes my feelings WOW ..i spent the next 25 minutes looking at every thing i could on the moon mountains on the s/w bottom and a deep dark crater fantastic by now while tracking the moon the eye piece was almost passed verticle and the starfinder below horizontal then i noticed the moon was centered in it so i mved 45 degrees west to a bright star looked in the eyepiece and with just a tiny ajustment the star was centered i tried to focus it but only succeded in seeing the cross piece in the scope but i must say gobsmacked and really pleased ..try again tommorrow night ..regards dave

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    great report. Before dark, try to align your scope and finder. It is much easier if you align on an object in the distance that is not moving.
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    Alignment issues are our bane too, I like the suggestion of trying to align the finderscope with the main scope during day light on something in the distance... Now why didn't I think of that?

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    You can also align the finderscope during night time by pointing at Polaris.
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    i always use a chimney pot during the day for tuning the finder scope then quite easy to find the bright planets out there at the moment

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    hi thanks for all the tips as i said in last nights post amazing to actually get some where with scope I haven't been able to get out today with the telescope just had alook ouside and the only thing i can see (naked eye ) is again jupiter but its very frosty and hazey here tonight pity .Just to ask a stupid question are you suppose to use the finder looking up the telescope from the bottom thats how it seemed to me last night .I will get it out side later on today and try something further away there is a church spire about 3 mile from me i can see clearly so will try with that.Dissapointed tonight but i suppose thats just my luck ..again thanks for the advise regards to all dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by djdf1 View Post
    hi thanks for all the tips as i said in last nights post amazing to actually get some where with scope I haven't been able to get out today with the telescope just had alook ouside and the only thing i can see (naked eye ) is again jupiter but its very frosty and hazey here tonight pity .Just to ask a stupid question are you suppose to use the finder looking up the telescope from the bottom thats how it seemed to me last night .I will get it out side later on today and try something further away there is a church spire about 3 mile from me i can see clearly so will try with that.Dissapointed tonight but i suppose thats just my luck ..again thanks for the advise regards to all dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesandmyOpinion View Post
    The Astromasters are pretty famous for having a bad finder scope. There is just no good way to use them. I'm going to assume you will be replacing it soon, so here is the link to the recommendation of Celestron. Please note that if choose to drill instead of using the alternate method, you will void your two year warranty. I used the double sided tape and am completely happy with it.[/url]
    I just purchased an 6 x 30 Orion Finderscope and install it on my son's Celestron powerseeker 127. The holes that were pre-drilled for the cheap finder scope were the same for this new finder scope. I had to buy the dovetail base. It arrived today. I had it installed in less then 10 minutes since the holes aligned perfectly. No tape, no drilling.
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    hi just come inside for a warm drink freezing here its now 6.45 pm
    still ready to hit it with a hammer tried again for jupiter clouded over turned round 90 degrees to see a star 15 minutes of trying and managed to get it in the eye piece focused it in it seemed small and looked to have some colours also i think i could see 3 moons? or maybe stars behind it .i looked on stellarium and think it was rigel just to ask why when focusing why was i seeing the cross piece inside telescope unless i zoomed out? I have been debating whether or not to invest in a Celestron Finderscope Star Pointer it seems to have very good reports about £22.00 here so not to expensive .will be back out laterjupitor will appear from behind a neighbours big tree about 9.30 and the moon should be visible in my back garden I think if i can find and aim at stars easier it will be far more enjoyable it is facinating now but so hard to use the finder many thanks for the tips back later on regards dave from freezing wrexham uk

 

 

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