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    OK... I followed the instructions related to the use of the Bushnell goto NorthStar - the link here { removed due to site rules } is a great manual for the unit as it focused on the Remote


    I'm on the Isle Of Wight and the nearest city for the calibration was London. ( don't these things use gps??!! ) Took me some time to realise that the smaller eyepiece provided was virtually useless however after quite some time was able to look at a star. To be honest it only appeared brighter that using the naked eye and after three hours or so I came away wondering what the point of it all was. Can someone offer some guidance? I understand that WhiteCliff is a great location to stargaze as the light pollution is low, so I guess I'd go there and try to look at planets

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    Default Re: What am I seeing?

    Now that you have your scope working correctly, try using the lowest power eyepiece you have (biggest number) to give you the widest field of view and look at some of the Messier objects (M13, M92, M5, M44, M57, M27, M81, M82) these are just a few that you should be able to see fairly well.

    Get to as dark a location as you can. The stars will still be pinpoints like you see with the naked eye, but you will instantly see the difference when you get your first look at a DSO. Galaxies will be difficult with your small scope, but you can still see several, especially at a dark site. Globular clusters will probably show pretty well for you.

    I highly suggest giving this thread a look. https://theskysearchers.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=331
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    Default Re: What am I seeing?

    Do you have the reflector Northstar or the Maksutov Northstar from Bushnell?
    I could never get the goto on my Bushnell to work well, so I used the hand controller to move the scope and star hopped.
    Try to get hold of the book (new or used) "Turn Left At Orion" to find what objects you can see with your scope and how to get to them.
    And download a free app on your pc called Stellarium to look at the night sky in detail to plan before you head out to the scope.
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    Default Re: What am I seeing?

    Quote Originally Posted by IOWAstronomy View Post
    OK... I followed the instructions related to the use of the Bushnell goto NorthStar - the link here { removed due to site rules } is a great manual for the unit as it focused on the Remote


    I'm on the Isle Of Wight and the nearest city for the calibration was London. ( don't these things use gps??!! ) Took me some time to realise that the smaller eyepiece provided was virtually useless however after quite some time was able to look at a star. To be honest it only appeared brighter that using the naked eye and after three hours or so I came away wondering what the point of it all was. Can someone offer some guidance? I understand that WhiteCliff is a great location to stargaze as the light pollution is low, so I guess I'd go there and try to look at planets

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    It is important to manage your expectations. You are not going to see Hubble-type images. Stars will always look like stars. They will be brighter through the scope, and there will be more of them, but they will never be more than dots.

    Planets will look bigger and better through the scope, but again, don't expect Hubble quality. Even with the maximum useable magnification, they will still be small. Atmospheric distortion ("poor seeing") will interfere with good viewing. One nice thing is that you can usually see them well even with light pollution.

    Galaxies and nebulae will be interesting, but they are faint. You may have to train your eyes to see them, because they are so faint.

    I am not trying to discourage you, but people start into astronomy expecting to see pictures like they see on the box the telescope came in. That's not going to happen.
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