NorthStar® Telescopes offer amateur
astronomers state-of-the-art computer-driven location and tracking
capability with simple, push-button control. With a built-in data base
of 20,000 celestial objects, you simply call up your target on the
hand-held control module, enter a simple "Go To" command and the
NorthStar computer does the rest. Once locked on, tracking the object
for prolonged viewing is automatic. the idea is not to touch the scope but use the hand controller. so the answer is no. not recommended.
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Does your telescope have a go-to computerized mount.
The simple answer for a manually controlled telescopoe is:
1. Put in an eyepiece that has the highest number printed on its side - usually 25 mm, or 26 mm -
2. Aim the telescope at what you want to see in the night sky.
You can aim by sighting with your eye along the length of the telescope or by using the finder scope (a tiny telescope usually attached to the body of the main telescope).
3. After finding a target to look at, turn the focussing knobs slowly in one direction - if the image is getting blurrier then turn the knob in the opposite direction. Do this slowly and gently, until the image looks sharp.
4. Start by looking at a large target such as the moon. It is very easy to find and to aim at.
5. Get some books on beginning amateur astronomy. You can find a wide selection of these at your local library, or Google the internet for information of amateur astronomy.
I hope the above outline helps you to get started.
No the red pointer is not necessary- BUT you will have a harder time aiming the telescope.
Objects in the sky are very tiny. The field of view is about the size of the tip of your finger held at arm's length. VERY small! This is the biggest problem for beginners, the telescope must be pointed DIRECTLY at the object in order to see it. Try for the moon first at night, since it is a BIG target.
Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the telescope focuser. DO NOT use the 2x barlow if you have one. Practice focusing during the day time on a distant object. The image will be upside down, but this is normal.
Read my TIPS on my profile page, and these: http://www.texasastro.org/telescope.php