never knew my finder scope
Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:27 PM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:41 PM
Finding Messier objects seems so easy now.
That will last until you hit the spring galaxies. Not many of them visible in a 6x30 finderscope!
Bet you can't see M1 or M78, either.
The real beauty of the finderscope comes when you start matching up star fields with your charts. Line up the crosshairs where the chart says the object should be, look through the main eyepiece, and voila!
Not that I ever turn down a gift horse, either. If I can see the object directly, so much the better.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:28 PM
It's great you're getting to know your finder. Have fun!
Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:56 PM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:35 PM
I'm developing a liking to this procedure for non-goto scopes: red-dot.red bulls-eye/laser/sky-scout (use ONE of that group) for "right about there" then switch to optical finder for "right THERE",then look in the eyepiece "look at THAT".
Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:40 PM
Ken, I was looking into a 50mm finder but they seemed to have a 5 degree FOV and I really wouldn't want to spend that kind of money anyway. Heck, I only spent 125 on the scope to begin with. As far as dark skies from my back yard it vary's. Tonight I could only see 4.7s naked eye, but it was a terrible night for seeing. M36 38 and 37 seemed dim. Clouds rolled in off the Gulf at 8:15. My best views are N to E to S. They build a super walmart down the road to the west. At least they put in the lights that shine down. Clear skies....
Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:08 AM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:53 PM
It was a GIFT !!!!
Here I thought mine for considerably more was a great deal. :o
That scope was such a bargain you can easily afford a better finder yet be sure of recouping your funds at some futire date.Just watch the CN ads and other places.