Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:42 AM
So I took some peoples advice and shelled out $200 for a Meade 114EQ-ASTR equatorial reflector scope! It is currently on its way and will be here on wednesday. I am thrilled and can't wait to use it! I was wondering if anyone else here had the same telescope and can tell me what they are able to see? Or at least what i should be able to see. Personally i would like to be able to see the messier objects and other DSO's
http://store.meade.c...-equatorial-... That's a link to the scope I bought and using the specs it says it has I assume I will be able to see some good stuff. Any help is welcome.
Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:34 AM
2.Align your finder scope during the day. Find a distant object you can see through the scope, then adjust the screws on the finder to get the center of the finder view on the same spot.
3. Defocus a star. The image should be a nice even donut as you focus away in either direction. If it is not, you will need to collimate the telescope.
4. Cool targets to begin with are M42 and Jupiter which are both up now. The Pleiades will not fit into the field of view but are worth seeing, because you can see the nebulosity surrounding the stars (it wiill look like your scope is fogging up.) The moon is also a worthy target (look at it last at night as it will wipe out your night vision. Use a moon filter if you have one.
5. Take your scope to an astronomy club outing. You will get lots of help in learning how to use it.
Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:40 AM
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:42 PM
Don't expect Hubble like views. Even the images seen in our photo gallery are much better than what the human eye can see. You should look at the photo gallery section there is some amazing work there. Galaxies are known as faint fuzzies, believe me they earned that name.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:19 PM
last night I had my 8in out looking at the GRS on jupiter and I have a big a@# street light really close but it didn't bother moi.
snow? what's that?