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Manually aiming my 78-8890 telescope

I just got this telescope and am a beginner, can I manualy aim it without using the motor? And of course without damaging it?

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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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How to use the telescope and set it to see images


It depends on what kind of telescope you have.

The method of use is somewhat different.

Also we have to know what kind of mount you have,

equatorial or alta-zimuth.

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.

walt

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The knob on the fork arm is tightened? Correct. You can slew manually, but cannot do a two star alignment?

Is all of this correct? Post a reply with additional information.

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I have the 30 lens for my telescope, and I can't seem to get it to focus on anything.I see light when i aim it at the daytime sky, but that is it.


If the eyepiece will not come to focus even by moving the focuser completely inward and completely outward. Try aiming it at a distant land object during the day time.

Read my tips on my profile page.

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Cannot see anything


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

http://www.texasastro.org/mounts.php

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Software for the ds114 for auto aiming


I have the disk and you can also download a lot of software from the Meade site
http://www.meade.com/support/downloads.html

The software is not aiming software though.

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Where can I get lenses and aiming knob for a 114EQ-D.


Hardware store for missing parts like screws and nuts--- these two internet retailers sell eyepieces --

http://www.agenaastro.com/

http://www.optcorp.com/

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It's an Edmund Scientific telescope -- sort of like this one--
http://scientificsonline.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_3039112

Call the company at the phone number on the web site above.

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These are good scopes for the bucks.
What size eyepiece in mm do you have. What are you aiming the scope at? Try your largest eyepiece in mm at the moon.

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This is a pretty generic Chinese made 6" Newtonian reflector. The one's I have sampled produce excellent images. Celestron has a great online archieve of its manuals. This scope is similar to their C150-HD Newtonian Model #31056. The manual can be found here:
http://downloads.celestron.com/Manuals/telescopes/c150hd_g8n/c150hd_g8n_manual/c150hd_g8n_manual_0802.pdf

Google "beginning astronomy" and you'll get a quartr of million hits. Good over view here.
http://library.thinkquest.org/29033/frames.htm
and here:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/howto/basics/3304616.html?page=1&c=y
While you are there get a subscription to Sky and Telescope or their other publication aimed at beginners, Night Sky.

Find a local astronomy club and join it.
HTH, George

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