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    Default Re: I'm new to Astronomy, just bought a basic telescope..hi everyone



    Hi Carolyn and Welcome to the Forums. It's a great place to learn everything about the stars and share your observations which motivate everyone to achieve and forms a certain amount of camaraderie!
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    Default Re: I'm new to Astronomy, just bought a basic telescope..hi everyone

    Thanks for your kind words of support and advice! I have so much to learn but this is very interesting and I will read all the links that you gave me. Just got a moon filter, and as soon as it gets clear enough to see something, I'm going back outside to try my luck with the scope to see the moon again. I took it out once, but all I was able to focus on were the fibers in the cable from the street light down the street not the moon that was high above me! I got the moon bright and clear in the finder scope, but not the larger scope. D'oh! Got a red flashlight and a Sky & Telescope star map wheel, will try to match something, anything, if I can (the big "if). It's cold here in NE Ohio, and hope that the scope will be ok going outside in cold temps. Beau & new telescope.jpg
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    Default Re: I'm new to Astronomy, just bought a basic telescope..hi everyone

    Hi, and welcome to the forum.

    I don't know anything about Rokinon telescopes but some Rokinon camera lenses are nothing to laugh at. Some models of Rokinon camera lenses are rebranded Samyang lenses and have been getting really good reviews. If the Rokinon telescopes come from the same place you should have a pretty respectable instrument, regardless of design.

    Edit: just want to add: telescopes are much more tolerant of the cold than we humans. Dress warm (really warm, stargazing does not produce a lot of heat), let your scope cool down and enjoy.
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    Default Re: I'm new to Astronomy, just bought a basic telescope..hi everyone

    Hi Twopurringcats,

    Ours ere purr after a feed of nuts and meat! :-)

    Hey, the scope you got you will enjoy Carolyn as it,s the scope you wanted to get started! -it,s what you could afford for now! :-) --enjoy!!!!

    This hobby i only got into about a year ago and i,m immenced in it at this point!
    What you,ll learn from all of us here you,ll enjoy!
    Any questions you have will be answered for you here.

    Enjoy your new scope and get to learn the night sky,
    before you know it, you,ll be hunting for a bigger one.
    But enjoy the sight of the night sky with the one you,ve got first.

    Hey,
    clear skies to you also!

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    Hi Carolyn,you'll love it here,everyone is so friendly and they always say the only stupid question is the one you dont ask,have fun with your new scope,Tony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twopurringcats View Post
    I got the moon bright and clear in the finder scope, but not the larger scope.
    Carolyn,

    You have to align your finder and main telescope. This is a job to do in the daytime. Aim your main scope at a distant object, like a tv tower or tall chimney. Get the object right in the centre of your main mirror. Then adjust your finderscope until it gets the same view.

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    Default Re: I'm new to Astronomy, just bought a basic telescope..hi everyone

    That's how it starts!!

    You picked two very good books to start out with. As far as aligning your telescope is concerned, YouTube is a great resource for learning how an equatorial mount works. Once you get the hang of it, check out the Kochab Clock method of polar alignment. In a nutshell, you center Polaris (the North Star) in your eyepiece, then move the mount about a degree toward Kochab (the other bright star in the Little Dipper). Don't worry about measuring one degree exactly for now...that's for those of us obsessed with astrophotography...just move it a tad in the direction of Kochab and that will suffice.

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    Hope this helps, and welcome to the forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alec in France View Post
    Carolyn,

    You have to align your finder and main telescope. This is a job to do in the daytime. Aim your main scope at a distant object, like a tv tower or tall chimney. Get the object right in the centre of your main mirror. Then adjust your finderscope until it gets the same view.

    Alec.

    This is something that almost becomes part of the routine of observing. Between observing sessions, could be a couple of weeks of just a day, my finder scopes have a way of wandering off their alignment all by themselves. I'm sure they do this just to be annoying and wanting attention, just like the cats knocking the fish food off the self. It has become habit to realign them every time I want to observe. I usually set my scopes up just before total darkness (just as Polaris becomes faintly visible) at which time I aim at a clearance light on a tower across the bay to align my finder. It only takes 30 seconds or so. I then do my alignment and go have a cup of tea while the scope cools.

    Have fun.
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    Hi Carolyn and welcome to the forum!

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