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    Just got this telescope for my kids (yeah, that's what I told everyone). I have had two nights with it so far and am very impressed with seeing the bands on Jupiter. I got this telescope with little research and no knowledge of the hobby. I think it's a pretty good buy for my family. I am interested in learning more about the hobby and, of course, this telescope. I've seen no reviews or discussions here about this model... is it too much of a beginners scope to have much relevance here or is it too new a model?

    So far I plan on buying a barlow lens for it (any suggested makes besides what Orion offers (budget is about 40.00)) and a univeral camera mount, since I took a few pics through the lens by holding the camera and am interested in seeing how much better my images will be with a steady mount.

    Anyway, I guess my point of this post is to get some experienced opinions about this telescope to satisfy my curiosity about what the "experts" think about it.

    I'm impressed, but then again I am still trying to understand what right ascension is and why I should care.

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    Thanks for joining the Astronomy Forum and congratulations on your new telescope. You'll find the folks here more than ready to help you get started as well as give you advice as you progress.

    One good starting place is the book "The Back Yard Astronomer's Guide." It will explain astronomy in everyday terms .... no degree in Physics or Math needed at all. Another good book is either "NightWatch" or "Turn Left at Orion." Either of these two books will tell you about some objects that you can see with your telescope and, more important, how to find them. Your local public library is a good place for books.

    The Orion SpaceProbe 3EQ is a starter telescope. While it is a bit on the small side, it will serve you very well learning the night skies. Many of the forum members started out just like your kids with dad buying a very similar telescope.
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    Welcome to the forum and enjoy the new scope. Download this free program.. It is a great way to learn the night sky.

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    Thanks for the replies. Ironically enough I downloaded Stellarium already, so I guess I'm looking in the right places for information. I also have a copy of Starry Night software that came with the telescope (any opinions on it?).

    So, yeah, I understand it's a beginners telescope. Are there any side by side comparisons of an image from a beginners scope and a 500.00+ scope. I know an image does not do justice to the real thing, but something a guy like me who is just starting out can look at and see how much larger/closer the same planet looks in a better scope.

    And I am not trying to insult anyone here, but am just trying to grasp the motivation of astronomers in general... I've seen Jupiter, the Moon, and a bunch of stars. I plan on trying to see Saturn and what ever else I can with this telescope. And it's neat to see, but besides getting a better scope to only see them closer. Once it's all been seen, what else is there.. Do they change all that much? I know some of this is a once in a lifetime experience (certain comets, right?). But once you know where all the planets and DSO's are what keeps bringing you back to your telescope each night?

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    Hey, not sure if this should be the right place to post this but I thought I'd ask a few other questions. I've been reading and reading the manual that came with my telescope. I've read a few websites and am trying to understand how to polar align my telescope to use coordinates to find stars, etc.

    Without going into all the detail of how I did it (I'm sure its second nature to you all), I think I properly aligned my mount. I then did my best to identify a known object in the sky and point the telescope at it and set the RA ring to those coordinates.

    My Declination ring is quite small and getting an accurate feel for it seems difficult (To be expected from a low end scope?).

    So if my polar alignment is accurate and my identification of a known object to set the RA ring was accurate I should be able to aim the scope using coordinates for other objects with some degree of accuracy right?

    I of course did not have the satisfaction of this and am hoping to get better results with some tips from you all and a few more nights trying. Just to give you an idea of my understanding of things like this, I am very comfortable navigating with a map and compass using MGRS coordinates and of course using a GPS.

    So any help is appreciated.

 

 

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