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    I have tried night after night after night to look at the stars and what do I see mostly things the size of this period. I know my scope isn't the largest but Galileo seen more than I ever would. If you have read my other post you'll know what size my scope is. I would at least like to see Jupiter and at least one or two of its moons but when I sit there for an hour using different ep's all I see is something the size of a period left by a pencil. So if there is any suggestions or comments please feel free to say so. I don't want to give up but I am close

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    Galaxyhunter, we don't want you to give up either. Do you have a digital camera? could you post some pictures of your scope and mount? We will get this figured out, somehow.

    Is your finder scope aligned with your main scope?
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    Here is a pic of my scope from the manual. the only difference is that I have left to right and up and down fine adj(similar to an eq mount. Then its a 800mmx 60mm. but the picture is very close. Yes the finder scope is align with the scope.
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    Hi John ...Most everything you look at in the night sky will look like little pinpoints of light ...Even with my 8in. schmidt-cass they look like little points of light and my scope is 2000mm focal length , so they will look small in your scope also ...With the exception of the moon and a few planets most everything we see in the sky is going to look like pinpoints of light ...That is just the way it is with our smaller telescopes ..... Did you get a second scope ? I thought that was in the works ... NEVER GIVE UP BUDDY ....
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    Galaxyhunter,

    The prime objective of this forum is to encourage people to further their interest in amateur astronomy, and we always try to be upbeat and positive, but I am afraid this is going to negative, and it hurts me to say it.

    What you have is what we call a "department store telescope" These are cheaply made to sell to the mass market, and they don't work very well. The advertising is misleading, (for instance, it says on the brochure that you can get 280 times magnification, but the theoretical maximum magnification would be 120x, according to the Backyard Astronomer's guide), and we hate them, because they give people high expectations without delivering results, and most of them end up in the back of the closet, waiting for the next garage sale.

    That being said, I found this site which tells you how to get the best out of your scope.

    You are obviously enthusiastic about Amateur Astronomy, you have posted lots, and seem to have done your homework. You just don't have a very good tool. I hope the above article helps.

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    Rich this is one that I thought was worth buying. I guess I got burned, I am always in the market for a second or a third scope. I still have my good one but this is a learning process. So with that remark I am going to put this one on ebay and try to get something out of it. Maybe a youngin will buy it and get the astronomy bug.

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    Thats cool john ...Just be sure to describe the scope good when you do your description ...List all the accessories it comes with , focal length of the scope and diameter of the objective ...Describe it as best as possible , who know's a collector might buy it ...
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    You are either doing something wrong or your scope is not working correctly. You should be able to see the moons of Jupiter even with the smallest of scopes. Very low powered bino's will allow you to see the moons of Jupiter. You just have to understand that the moons will look like little tiny stars next to Jupiter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heirwalker View Post
    You are either doing something wrong or your scope is not working correctly. You should be able to see the moons of Jupiter even with the smallest of scopes. Very low powered bino's will allow you to see the moons of Jupiter. You just have to understand that the moons will look like little tiny stars next to Jupiter.
    Very true...I can see Jupiters moons with my rifle scope (no that's not why it has a new dark spot). Jupiter and it's moons can even be seen in daylight.
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    Hi John,

    You have been posting here for too long to still be struggling. Have you considered contacting a local astronomy club? Here is a link. AstroPlace 2.0 - Club Listings

 

 
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