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    Default the Orion XT6 has arrived!



    dear all,

    I'd like to share my initial impressions after receiving my first scope:

    This thing is big. In fact, it's huge. It's ridiculously big when you consider that this is just some 'entry level' scope and surely people's expectations will be high when they see this unit which makes it all the more important that I hurry up and order a barlow and higher power eyepiece!

    Anyway, building the base was heaps of fun. The manual is crystal clear except for a few smallish photos that made it a little hard to verify I had everything in the right place. It's great that you get all the tools supplied in the box

    Unfortunately it was around midday when I finished building so I could only test the scope on a church tower a few blocks away. I had to calibrate the ez-finder scope all the way to the 'left' which I thought was a little strange. When I checked for collimation everything looked ok to me and I could focus on the tower just fine. Despite heavy clouds later that evening I managed to focus on a few stars, including a double star in Ursa Major. No planets were to be seen at that particular hour, and the moon needs a few more days to show itself clearly.

    Tracking an airplane proved almost impossible thanks to the upside down image so I will be looking at a right angle/true image finder for sure.

    two questions:

    after gazing for a while I noticed some dew on the scope (never read anything about how well these dobs deal with moisture). I'm guessing it would be a bad idea to let rain fall into that barrel, but what about the rest? Dew must be a frequent occurrence with night time viewing. Should I have a cloth handy to dry the scope every once in a while?

    On the eyepiece, there is a silver tube which can be separated if you unscrew it. Since there was nowhere else to fit the moon filter, I placed it on the bottom side of this silver tube, so it goes into the scope filter first, silver tube, eyepiece. Is this correct? Does the silver tube then normally remain in place and you screw new eyepieces onto it?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: the Orion XT6 has arrived!

    Great report!

    Thanks for sharing the 'big event'!
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    Default Re: the Orion XT6 has arrived!

    Congratulations on your new telescope. Dew can be bothersome. Some people use a hair dryer. My moon filter fits exactly like yours.
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    Yes, the filter goes on the silver barrel, at the bottom, it should be threaded for filters. Leave the silver barrel on, it is part of the eyepiece. In some eyepieces, lenses will fall out if you unscrew it. Not recommended.
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    Congrats on the new scope. Nice report. You put the filter in correctly.
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    Congratulations on getting your new scope! When I get a lot of dew on my OTA, like I did last night, I will just use a towel to wipe it off before I move it so that it does not tragically slip out of my hold. Have fun!
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    Default Re: the Orion XT6 has arrived!

    thanks everyone. I was just out again, getting a bit frustrated since I could only see stars. The truth is I have no idea of how to manually search for a nebula nor do I know if it is technically possible to see one with the standard 25mm plossl.

    That's not even taking into account light pollution conditions etc. Must be typical noob frenzy

    I've been using Starwalk to find messier objects close to bright stars. Finding the stars is easy but then I'm lost. No sign of the milky way either when I was looking around cygnus. Any pointers greatly appreciated! And yes I should do my homework and read the manual, too =]
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    A. try and find the darkest possible location you can
    B. investigate a possible use of a telrad finder they can be used with a good selection of charts that show where an object is using 3 small concentric circles in various degrees from target,,38-50$ usa dollars,,charts free off web
    C. just relax and start with the brightest this time of year
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    Congrats on the new scope, I am glad you commented on the fact of its size. That is something I am sure a lot of beginners overlook, I personally got an 8" Dobsonian and it can be quite troublesome moving it in and out of the house. My brother is saying he wants to get a 12" scope for his first, probably trying to one up me haha, but I told him he needs to seriously consider something a lot smaller. You want to be able to take it on trips and to stargazing parties, the sheer weight can prevent you from wanting to move it around much at all. Thank you for this post! Have a blast with it, I am sure you will!
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    Have fun with the scope, my primary scope is an older Orion XT6 and I still enjoy it quite a bit. You might also try downloading Stellarium at some point, it's a free planetarium software that can help you plan your viewing and help locate objects in the sky. I also suggest a good astronomy book, something like "Nightwatch" or "Turn Left at Orion". These books have good star maps in them as well as helpful tips and discussions on equipment and accessories. A good planisphere might be helpful as well.

    As far as your last question, I'm not sure I'm understanding you correctly. Are you actually unscrewing the tube from the bottom of the eyepiece, if so that's probably not a good thing. The eyepiece is meant to be used as a single unit and they usually have threads at the bottom of them for filters to screw into.

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