Greetings from an extreme beginner
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:20 PM
Everything was great until we got it outside and tried to view with the 2" eyepiece it came with. Couldn't get it to focus at all. The 1.25's we had worked ok so I did get some great viewing in but I was disappointed that the 2" with its better fov wasn't focusing. Googling the problem offered the solution of loosening the tightening knob on the focuser because it tends to get in the way so we will try that tomorrow. And I do have a better 2" eyepiece on the way so am anticipating more wonders! Any and all advise is appreciated and desired! I'm just happy to be a part of the astronomy community!
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:27 PM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:29 PM
Your husband sounds like a keeper. (Mandatory fishing reference...)
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:34 PM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:40 PM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:45 PM
Welcome to Cloudy Nights. This is a great place with lots of very helpful and knowledgable people.
Enjoy that new 12" Lightbridge.
Best, Linda B.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:48 PM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:12 AM
I have a 100 degree 20mm on the way.
Thats the best choice in the 2" eyepiece class u hve made for a f/5 telescope. An accessory you would like to consider for the eyepiece would be the 2X apochromatic ED Barlow which can also be used as a 1.5x.
Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:14 AM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:41 AM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:35 AM
No advice from here ether (except maybe a +1 on the Barlow, anyone should have a decent one)
You got some nice gear there and I’m sure you will have a lot of fun with that
and you already got the best accessory of all, your husband, the fact that you
got someone to enjoy the night sky with makes it that much better.
Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:52 AM
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:10 PM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:40 PM
Don't forget collimation equipment. That scope will require frequent and accurate collimation....and once it is...it's gonna give some fantastic views. Congrats!
Welcome to Cloudy Nights
I think that will be your most important lesson as is mentioned above. With any newtonian collimation is more important than any eyepiece.
I would start with this article from Gary Seronick. He does a good job or getting a beginner started and I think this will help.
Here is also a more in depth discussion by some of the collimation experts here. This may help if you get into trouble.
Do you have a collimation cap, cheshire, or a laser?
Don't get to frustrated or over think collimation. But once you master it, you will only spend a minute or two and have perfect views.
Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:44 PM
Some other advice would be to make sure your scope is properly cooled.
Also here is a link to a bunch of information Dave Mitsky has put together. It may be a bit overwhelming at first but he has included so much you will find many answers in this post.
Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:53 PM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:54 PM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:12 PM
Drive by Truckers, I'm a huge fan.
and what band lamplight?