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    Post First views of cresent moon with new scope..



    I used the scope for 2 evenings and got some lovely views of the cresnt moon.

    Still not Polar alignment yet, just getting used too using it first..

    I took a picture holding my mobile to the eye piece, a little shaky but quite good (can't post though).

    I got my Celestron Omni x2 barlow today, so gonna try that and see if i can see anything a bit further out..

    That RDF on the Astromaster 130eq is really difficult to get right, gave me a headache trying to do with both eyes open..

    Does anyone know how to do it properly?

    Thanks..

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    Default Re: First views of cresent moon with new scope..

    With RDF I usually keep both eyes open but use the same eye, if you use both the dot will appear to move.
    Maybe a Telrad or right angle finder would work better for you
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    Default Re: First views of cresent moon with new scope..

    Congrats on the first light! Some RDs could be trickier than others. I believe Telrad is a better much for reflectors than RD.
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    Default Re: First views of cresent moon with new scope..

    A red dot finder works really well for me. I use it with an 8X50 RACI. The first few times it seems tricky, but with a little more practice I think you will find it a snap. As Gabby said, keep both eyes open but only "look" with one. Make sure you have it properly aligned with the OTA.

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    Default Re: First views of cresent moon with new scope..

    You be careful with that "holding the phone to the eyepiece" business. That gets expensive.

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    Default Re: First views of cresent moon with new scope..

    Hi vialli. Congratulations on the new Astromaster 130eq telescope. I prefer the RACI (right angle correct image) finder scopes myself. I have a 6x30 on my long focal length narrow field 7" Mak-Cass telescope and 9x50s on my short focal length wide field 12" Dob and 6" refractor telescopes. I like the Orion brand because they are equipped with a spring loaded pin at the bottom, so you only have to adjust the two top screws for alignment. Once you align the finder to your telescope with a distant object, it is easy to find objects in the night sky. I hope this helps vialli, and a big welcome to the forum.
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    Default Re: First views of cresent moon with new scope..

    Hey everyone, thanks for all the replies and suggestions.

    I have done a lot of reading and decided on one of these (Rigel QuikFinder Compact Reflex Sight)..

    Also just ordered one of these (Celestron X-Cel LX eyepiece 18mm) will see how it goes and if good will order some different sizes.

    I have a Celestron Omni x2 barlow too..

    Thanks again for all the help..

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    Enjoy the new gear and let us know how it goes for you.
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    Just to say I have got the RDF set perfectly, I closed one eye and tilted my head and got it spot on!!

    I have tested it a few times and know where to look from and find things first time..

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    Default Re: First views of cresent moon with new scope..

    Well an update on that really bad RDF that comes on the 130EQ, I got rid of it!!

    Got myself a Telrad Finder, absolutely brilliant...
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