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I'm helping my friends neighbor with an 8" f6.

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#1 stargazer193857

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 11:14 PM

My landlord has dark sky property, which I'm invited to often. He has neighbors with a brand new 8" f6.

They could not find anything with it. So I offered to help.

I loaned them my 5.5mm 82 deg eyepiece and 6" Starblast for comparison.
I discovered their center bolt was so tight that the feet returned with the tube in AZ. So I loosened it.
The 8" f6 could not focus on a nearby roof or trees, so lack of focus confused them. I told the they need to go to the back yard to focus on far away stuff.
They did not know what a red don't finder or Telrad is, or how to mount them. So I explained and showed them.
I explained how to aim the scope, change eyepieces, and find stuff.
I told them where the planets are.
My landlord explained how bright the moon is.

I had to go, but they told me they now understood enough to figure out how to do the rest. I told them I'd be back after the full moon to show them galaxies and give more detailed training.

That brand new 8" f6. Had sat unused for at least 2 months. My friends, who have an older 8" f6 they no longer use, did not recognize it was the same scope brand and size scope they have, describing it as a 10".

The owner also had no idea how to carry it correctly, and is lucky the springs kept it together.
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Posted 29 September 2020 - 02:18 AM

It's funny how a few minutes surfing the web could have saved them from the embarrassment of having a neighbor's friend come over and show you how to turn on your new tv.


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Posted 29 September 2020 - 06:52 PM

I watched the father carry the 8", and saw his little son helping by carrying some slack. All one piece, sideways, held together by the springs. Looked very awkward.

I'll tell them about CloudyNights.

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 09:46 AM

It's funny how a few minutes surfing the web could have saved them from the embarrassment of having a neighbor's friend come over and show you how to turn on your new tv.

For all it's worth it's also possible they're getting the socpe after few minutes surfing the web...




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