Rank Beginner with his first telescope.
Posted 01 February 2004 - 08:47 PM
In the mean time, I hope that there are patient folks here that don't mind dumb questions, because I know I'll have a torrent of them as soon as I start getting out.
Posted 01 February 2004 - 09:07 PM
Posted 03 February 2004 - 03:52 PM
Why not get a book and start learning the skies beforehand?
Terrence Dickenson's "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide" comes to mind.
You could also check out www.nexstarsite.com and the nexstar and babynexstar Yahoo groups.
Heck, you could even visit Celestron's site and download the 130 manual!
Posted 03 February 2004 - 06:12 PM
Are you clairvoyant? I have "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide" AND I've downloaded the 130's Owner's Manual.
Is it Friday yet???
Posted 04 February 2004 - 11:33 AM
I did the same thing.
Now be prepared for for an onslaught of "I wants":
-A 12V power tank to replace the 8AA batteries
-A 120 V AC Adapter for when you are viewing near an outlet
-More EP's or a 2X Barlow.
-etc., etc., etc...
BTW, when you start to look at the moon, if you don't have a lunar filter, at try removing only the middle portion of your OTA cap. This will really help cut down on the brightness. (My 114 has a removable center piece, and I assume the 130 is the same)
Posted 04 February 2004 - 01:02 PM
Posted 04 February 2004 - 06:29 PM
Well, I ordered the lens and filter kit, and the AC power adaptor when I ordered the telescope. I should receive it Friday and, of course, the weather is forecasted to be wet, cold, and miserable here. Oh, well, it will give me more time to hit the books.
Posted 04 February 2004 - 08:36 PM
Posted 06 February 2004 - 07:27 PM
But......it's pouring outside . So, I guess I'll kick back and read a bit. I can't wait for the next clear night!
Posted 06 February 2004 - 10:48 PM
Let us know as soon as you've had a chance to use it. I'm excited to see how it works. At least it will let me live vicariously.
Posted 06 February 2004 - 11:12 PM
Good luck to all in mid-Feb., when we'll have moonless skies and hopefully some clear ones too !!
Posted 07 February 2004 - 09:24 AM