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09-05-2011, 18:36   #31
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Ok...so it seems that the scope you have is on a straight-forward EQ (Equatorial/German Equatorial) mount.

No computer control(?) so no software to run it(?).

Some good places to start to learn about how to set this up are:

1. The manual
2. Astro Baby's great 'How to' Section
3. Try set it up and experiment.



If you do 3 straight away we're here to help with specific questiions (or rather...answers to specific questions )

It's really not too hard. Teh instructions for these things make it look like 'Rocket Science' but it's not.

I started with my first scope by just pointing the thing towards the Moon.

After that I started roughly Polar Aligning, so that I coudl track the Moon etc.

I've never accurately Polar Aligned, and have not seen the need for it....yet....as long as I'm roughly set up with Polaris.

Astro Baby's site is great!

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Ok...so it seems that the scope you have is on a straight-forward EQ (Equatorial/German Equatorial) mount.

No computer control(?) so no software to run it(?).

Some good places to start to learn about how to set this up are:

1. The manual
2. Astro Baby's great 'How to' Section
3. Try set it up and experiment.



If you do 3 straight away we're here to help with specific questiions (or rather...answers to specific questions )

It's really not too hard. Teh instructions for these things make it look like 'Rocket Science' but it's not.

I started with my first scope by just pointing the thing towards the Moon.

After that I started roughly Polar Aligning, so that I coudl track the Moon etc.

I've never accurately Polar Aligned, and have not seen the need for it....yet....as long as I'm roughly set up with Polaris.

Astro Baby's site is great!

Clear skies,
Peter
Thats peter I think it is one of those what really confuses me is the computer software that came with it, so your saying if I get my manual and go there I can learn it quick time?

Am waiting for nice clear nights now to just go out and do what you done and point it to the heavens, but seeing as am living in a built up area with street lights surely isn't a great location?

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this is a really good post, thanks! someone mentioned blackrock observatory in cork, does anyone know any observatories in the east? the only one i know is the one in armagh?
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this is a really good post, thanks! someone mentioned blackrock observatory in cork, does anyone know any observatories in the east? the only one i know is the one in armagh?
Dunsink Observatory and the Rosse six foot telescope Are the most easterly observatories i am aware of

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunsink_Observatory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviathan_of_Parsonstown
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markree_Observatory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackrock_Castle / http://www.bco.ie/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armagh_Observatory / http://www.arm.ac.uk/
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Seemed better to ask here than start a new thread..

I'm looking to buy a telescope after getting fed up with my current pair of binoculars.
I first looked at some GoTo scopes but it seems like a lazy way of going about things, and you wont learn much getting a computer to do it all for you.

The selection on some site is huge and I'm just not sure on how to go about things, I know the basics to look out for like aperture and focal length, but not much about what the best brands are and build qualities.

My budget is around €300, mostly will be looking at the Moon and planets, nothing OTT.
Thanks in advance...
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11-07-2011, 00:14   #36
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Seemed better to ask here than start a new thread..

I'm looking to buy a telescope after getting fed up with my current pair of binoculars.
I first looked at some GoTo scopes but it seems like a lazy way of going about things, and you wont learn much getting a computer to do it all for you.

The selection on some site is huge and I'm just not sure on how to go about things, I know the basics to look out for like aperture and focal length, but not much about what the best brands are and build qualities.

My budget is around €300, mostly will be looking at the Moon and planets, nothing OTT.
Thanks in advance...


Hey I got the astromaster 90EQ off astronomy Ireland for I think it was 200 euros and I have seen the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus so far and they look great through it to be honest. The orion nebula looks great through it and binary system stars. I am going a bit off topic here but you should check out Sirius, appears as blue and red stars looks great, still to find andromeda galaxy through it which you should be able to see but it is hard to find.
I was committed to trying to figure out the right ascension and declination and I thought i had it figured out but it never really worked for me even though in fairness to astronomy Ireland when I went to them they did explain it well it was just I could not do it myself so now I just rely on constellations and stellarium to figure out where to find stars and planets.
My advice would be head down to the astronomy Ireland shop they give good advice and its not like lets sell him the worst most expensive telescope. Hope any of this helps.
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Hey guys looking for a bit of help here! I got a skylux 70/700 of a friend and it's seems that there is dirt on the lenses. I need to no can these be replaced as they are interfering with the view when I look through .

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Really great post, thank you.

Also, just wanted to know if there's someone good to follow on twitter with regards to astronomy happenings in Ireland. I always seem to miss things like meteor showers, and only hear about them afterwards....

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It was a clear night here in Barcelona and could see Jupiter, I grabbed my binocs and could clearly see 3 moons ... it was magical ..

I need to get into a dark sky area one night and just gaze upwards!!!

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I went out for a stroll the other night in a dark sky area and Orion was magical !!
A few months back I was in an even darker area (famous for it in fact) and was wondering why I couldn't see it - seems Orion is visible only during the winter !

Learning new things all the time.

Question - sites seem to say Orion is in the SW sky , yet it was in the SE .... I confirmed this on Stellarium ??

so all these sites are wrong or what ?

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Hello Jan,

It depends on the time of day as well as time of year.

Orion is rising in the east at 8PM in the South at midnight and setting at 4AM (ish).

A sky-guide will typically say whether it's for the evening, midnight or morning.

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