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    Default First time using a telescope



    Tonight was my first night using a telescope. First, I looked at Mars. I was amazed how quickly it went through the view of the 10mm eyepiece. Second, I looked at the Pleiades. They looked better through the finder scope than through the eyepiece (overly zoomed). Third, I found Andromeda Galaxy. I could see it with the naked eye, but had a hard time aligning the telescope on it.

    My favourite was looking at the Pleiades through the finder scope. I was thrilled to see Andromeda, but annoyed at my skills. So easy to find with the galaxy with the naked eye, but when I looked in the finder to align the telescope, I would see so many stars and lose track of the target... Need lots of practice.

    I am pleased with my first night.

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    Default Re: First time using a telescope

    It all comes with practice, at least you managed to get some clear skies
    Good luck with the next session.

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    Default Re: First time using a telescope

    Awesome!

    Yeah, M31 can be a little tough at first with a scope, but you'll soon be able to swing to it every time.
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    An 8" Skywatcher that I bought for my kids. F/5.9 with 10mm and 25mm. So far I prefer the 25mm over the 10mm.
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    Default Re: First time using a telescope

    Congrats on your first light.

    For now, just use the 10mm for the planets and the moon (and globular clusters after you find them with the 25mm) and use the 25mm for everything else. In a few weeks/months you'll be ready to consider adding 1, 2, or 3 more eyepieces (EP) to your kit. Try to get out to use your scope every chance you get. The more practice the easier everything becomes.

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    Default Re: First time using a telescope

    I have always been confused when using a finder scope that has magnification - exactly for the reason you stated - because my eyes see a few stars, but when I look through the (magnifying) finder scope, I see many more, so which is the one I wanted?

    My solution has been to go with a red dot finder. It's simply a 1x sight and either a red dot, or a reticle to help center on the target. No magnification means it shows the same view as with your eye alone, so for me no confusion.

    It may help if you add a red dot finder to your arsenal. When aligned, you can use the RDF first, then move to your other finder scope, and then finally to the eyepiece.

    Keep at it, and good luck & clear skies!

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