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Your LOCAL Astronomy Club! Join NOW!

As the Treasurer for one of the largest Astronomy clubs in the USA, I can tell you that NOTHING has helped me along with the Astronomy hobby more than the CLUB! and it's members.

Most large Astronomy clubs have:

Monthly meetings where all things about the club and the hobby are discussed.

Free star parties where members set-up their telescopes and show the sky to the general public. They share all manner of information about the hobby to the people who attend the star party.

Some club's have a "dark sky" location, usually a large field, where members can take their telescopes away from city light pollution and really SEE the sky! Our club has a bunkhouse, meeting room, and domed observatory with a 16 inch computer controlled telescope at it's dark sky site. Additionally we have several nice loaner scopes at the site that the members can use for free.

Many clubs, ours included, have close ties with a local college or university. Our club is sponsored by the Physics Department of a nationally known university. We use a campus lecture hall with full multi-media facilities to hold our monthly meetings.

The club offers member discounts on the two major Astronomy magazines - Astronomy, and Sky and Telescope.

Most club's have Special Interest Groups called SIG, that specialize in certain aspects of the hobby; like Public Observing, Astro-Photography APSIG, and Amateur Telescope Making ATMSIG. You can get specialized assistance with whatever interests you, or join others and show the sky to the general public at a local star party!

What does this all COST? Not very much really! Our club dues are $40 per year. A very small price to pay for access to the dark site observatory, and speakers at our monthly meetings; along with all the other club activities.

So my advice to you would be to JOIN a local Astronomy club and get involved with it's activities. The Astronomical League has a list of clubs BY STATE, at this web site:

http://www.astroleague.org/societies/list

Join now BEFORE you purchase your first telescope. The members will help you purchase the right one to fit your Astronomy interest.

Clear Skies!
TelescopeMan

Visit our club's web site here:
www.texasastro.org

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focusing


Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the scope-- take it outside during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object several blocks away or further.

The best beginners forum is www.astronomyforum.net where they help beginners learn all about the astronomy hobby.

Nov 29, 2011 | Optics

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need owners manual for Venture RX-7 telescope


You will not find a manual. BUT you do not need one.

This is a very simple reflector telescope on an Equatorial mount. The mount must be polar aligned in order to properly use the scope. Read my TIP in my profile section about aligning an Equatorial mount.

The major steps are:

Align the small finder scope with the main telescope tube on a distant object.

Set the Declination axis to your Latitude.

Align the main tube with the axis of the mount.

Point the entire mount toward the North Star Polaris.

Use the fine RA & DEC knobs to center Polaris in the eyepiece.

See this web site and my tips--
http://www.astronomy.net/articles/4/polaralign.html

This is why we NEVER recommend an EQ mount to a beginner. Polar Alignment just introduces one more FRUSTRATION to someone new to the Astronomy hobby.

The eyepieces simply go into the focuser. The Larger the number written on the eyepiece the LESS the magnification.

Take the scope outside during the daytime and practice focusing on a distant object using the eyepiece with the largest number.

The manual WILL NOT tell you how to find those small dim objects in the sky. It's just assembly instructions.It does not tell you how to become an amateur astronomer.

Locate a local Astronomy club and seek advice from the members, who will be glad to help you with your telescope.

Buy these two books available on amazon.com

Turn Left at Orion

and

Nightwatch

Read my tips on my profile page, and read this:
http://www.texasastro.org/telescope.php

Aug 11, 2010 | Optics

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lx90


The best thing I can suggest is to find a local astronomy club and have them help you.
To find a local astronomy club just go to the nearest Observatory or Planetarium and ask them where to find one.
Also you can go to WWW.ASTRONOMY.Com , click on COMMUNITY, and on the pulldown click on 'Astronomy Groups.'

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