So I have an Orion 130st EQ Reflector Telescope, and I have no problem finding the moon until I try using a Barlow lens, which, in my experience, has made seeing anything in the night sky more difficult. I understand that the Barlow lens is meant to increase the magnification of the eyepiece by a factor of 2, but I was wondering, is there an easy way for me to use the finder scope and the Barlow lens simultaneously so that focusing on objects like the moon doesn't feel like I'm looking at the sky with a straw?
One thing I've noticed is that If I orient the telescope in such a way that the cross-hairs of the finder scope are positioned like the x and y axes of a graph, and the moon is visible in the upper right quadrant of that graph, then I can see the moon in the eyepiece no problem without making any major adjustments to the scope's position (ie. using the RIA and declination knobs). However, when I try and put the Barlow lens in with the eyepiece, I notice that I always have to orient the telescope in such a way that the moon appears in the upper left quadrant of the finder scopes cross-hairs, and ensure that it's close enough to the origin, in order for me to see it. The problem is, I'm only sometimes successful at doing this, and other times, not so much. I'll find myself spending about 5 minutes or so just trying to get a part of the moon in a viewable position. So my question is: is there a secret, specific way for me to make better make use of the finder scope and Barlow lens so that I don't spend as much time trying to spot the moon? or is it a matter of spending more time with my telescope?
Edited by newtoastronomy1993, 15 January 2020 - 10:40 AM.