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    Hi there

    Just joined the forum in hope to find answers. And I have a lot of questions.
    Couple of days back became the proud owner of celestron astromaster 130eq
    and already seen my first celestial object - BLACK HOLE - in other words - completely NOTHING. I am pretty much sure this is not due to telescope failure, rather owner's lack of experience. But I assumed, that I am not the first one experiencing this kind of discovery. Have read all manuals suplied with the tube - did not helped, so here I am. Hopefully with a time, all will get better.
    Any hints are highly appreciated.

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    EQ's are notoriously awkward to get the hang of at first.
    Joining an astronomy club will help - other than that, read up on this site and you're sure to get an idea!
    Basically you have to line the axis of the mount up with the pole star. So that when you train the scope on a heavenly body (careful Jack!!) it only has to rotate through one arc using one trajectory.
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    hi and welcome to the forums,
    a great place to be.
    first thing,take your time,we all tend to rush in
    when we have a new scope.
    is there a dust cover on the front of the scope?
    did you remove it?sounds silly i know,but you'd
    be surprised how many people forget it an only see
    a "blackhole".
    you also need to callibrate the finder with the ota,
    if you don't,they can end up looking at totally different
    parts of the sky.
    read the manual at least TWICE,you will be surprised what
    you missed the first time.
    also read the stickies at the top of the beginners forum,
    there's alot of useful info there.
    download stellarium if you haven't already.it's free software.
    it will help you learn the layout of the constellations and show
    you where everything is,at any given time on any given day.
    clear skies,
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    You're going to think this is a joke but it really happened. My friend's father got a department store 4.5" newton & first night he too just saw "black holes". It seemed he actually forgot to take the cap off the scope. He realized this when he was looking for it & couldn't find it when putting the scope away........

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    Thanks Guys!

    As I thought, all will be better with a time.
    No worries people, it's not so bad! Dust cover has been removed before I tried to find anything. :-) Regarding this cover, there are 2 circles on that cover and one of them can be open. What for?

    It looks like first of all I have to align polar axis and calibrate the finder. If I will have any problems with it I will cry for help.

    Andy - trust me - I will take my time with it. I was waiting for this first scope over 20 years, so I can spend next couple of days or weeks to make it up and running, but probably you will be flooded with questions, sometimes very silly ones I presume.

    Thanks again and be patient for me people

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    nice one jack.
    just to help on the finder alignment:
    the best time to do this is during the day.
    pick an object as far away as possible an line it in the centre
    of the ep.something like a chimney pot,tv aerial or telegraph pole.
    once this is done,just centre the finder on the exact same view.
    some people will say line up on a star,which could be done,however,
    those things are moving and imo,not as accurate as a static
    object.
    also remember,when you remove the finder,and replace it,alignment
    will need to be checked/done again.
    clear skies,
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    The small caped hole in the dust cover is there so you can CUT the amount of light entering the telescope when you are viewing an extremely bright object like the moon...

    just remove it and leave the larger part of the cover on the scope an in place.... sounds nuts BUT until you get blinded my the full moon you will understand just how useful it it...

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    Hi and welcome . All good advice from above.

    Another use for that hole , though I would wait a good while before trying , is that a Solar Film Filter can be ( with extreme care and attention ) be attached to the aperture and used for solar viewing. BUT , please , please read up on this first and ask Q's . Don't just go jumping in. You only get one set of eyes, cherish them .

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