HELLO. I BOUGHT A TELESCOPE NG76AZ AND I'M ENSAMBLED EVERYTHING WITH THE MANUAL. BUT I'M TRYING TO USE IT, AND I CAN´T SEE ANYTHING IN THE SKY. I KNOW THAT I´M MAKING SOMETHING BAD BECAUSE IT´S MY FIRST TELESCOPE ,BUT I'M TRYING TO FIND A MANUAL THAT TELL ME HOW TO USE THIS PRODUCT AND ALL THE LINKS THAT I FOUND ITS THE SAME MANUAL THAT COMES WITH MY TELESCOPE. COULD SOMEBODY HELP ME?. I KNOW THAT MY QUESTION IT´S VERY SIMPLE, BUT THAT I EXPLAIN IN THIS NOTE.I DON´T HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS THINGS.. JEJJE¡¡.
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First the good news. Personally I believe a computer GOTO scope or a Dobsonian telescope with PUSHTO makes a great telescope for a beginner.
Why? Because you can use the hand controller to help you find those dim sky objects that are almost invisible from a typical suburban observing site with lots of light pollution.
Also if you pay attention you will learn many of the brighter stars in the sky, the Constellations, and the location of many of the brighter sky objects.
Now for the bad news. There are many cheap goto telescope systems being sold that do not work as advertised, and you still need APERTURE to see many of the dimmer sky objects. So a goto with a little 70mm refractor mounted on it will frustrate you!
Right off the bat let me list a few links to the better goto and pushto telescopes. See these web sites:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0023RRD9Y/ref=asc_df_B0023RRD9Y994674?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=googlecom09c9-20&linkCode=asn&creative=380341&creativeASIN=B0023RRD9Y This is just the mount, you need to also buy the telescope tube. I would suggest a 6 inch Celestron SCT Optical Tube Assembly (OTA), and also what is called a "dovetail" metal bar to mount the scope tube onto the side of this goto mount.
That should be enough to get you thinking! All of the ones listed above will have good goto performance IF:
You read the manual TWICE!
Test the scope out INSIDE in the light before you take it out at night and learn how to operate the hand controller.
Follow all the instructions in the manual about training the drives and or calibrating motors.
Accurately center BOTH alignment stars. Yes you will need to learn the names of a few stars in the sky.
AND NEVER plug or unplug the hand controller while the scope is turned on! This can burn out the circuits in the scope!
I would suggest that your first goto telescope be like the very first link above; a Dobsonian with a PUSHTO hand controller. This is the cheapest and best entry point to own a computer telescope. Yes, the prices are a little higher and old timers will tell you you do not need the computer goto to find objects in the sky.
I disagree! Beginners get very frustrated with the hobby when they cannot find anything other than the moon or several bright planets; or search for several hours to find one other dim sky object. Also most of us live in light polluted cities, and hopping around from star to star to find something is not really possible.
Add eye problems like cataracts and you will only see 6 or 7 stars in the sky, not enough to use to find other sky objects.
If you decide to buy a GOTO scope, please attend several star parties at your local Astronomy club. Many of the members will have this kind of telescope. You can ask questions, and they may even let you DRIVE the telescope!
Remember, READ the manual, train the drives, and do all the other initial setup that the manual recommends. Yes, you will need to know the names of a few bright stars in the sky! Your new computer telescope is not as smart as 3CPO in Star Wars!
The NG76AZ is made by Citiwell, but the only manual I can find is on retrevo for the 114 (the adjustments are the same, though). If you have a specific question about using the scope, post it here or go to cloudynights-dot-com, it's a forum & they have a beginners area that's really helpful!
This can be caused by many things-- such as dirt or grease on the encoders inside or a slipping clutch. I know you just bought this telescope, but Bushnell is NOT KNOWN for having quality telescopes.
To get the goto to work everything must be according to the manual.
The tripod needs to be perfectly level-- time, date, and site must be accurate, and the alignment objects must each be centered in the eyepiece. Sounds like you also have electronic issues with the hand controller. Only Bushnell can repair this scope.
Nicole, I think I can help. I will post a URL below where you can download a user manual for your scope. It should have all the info you need. Also tonight at about 12:15 central time there is a complete lunar eclipse, visible in the US where I am.If you are in the US canada or mexice it will be visible. You might want to point your scope at that. Good luck with it.
Take the scope outside during the day time and put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the focuser. Practice focusing on a distant object. The moon should be your first target at night.
Locate an Astronomy club nearby and the members will help you learn the sky. All sky objects are smaller than the tip of your finger held at arm's length. The scope must be pointed directly at them to see anything.
First you realize that you bought a $50 telescope! These are really toy telescopes that are not suitable for Astronomy.
We really cannot teach you how to be an amateur astronomer. Objects in the night sky are very tiny, the scope must be pointed directly at them to see anything.
Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the telescope focuser. Go outside during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object. The moon should be your first target at night.
Read my TIPS on my profile page, and read this: http://www.texasastro.org/telescope.php
That is a tiny 60mm telescope not much larger than a pair of 10x50mm binoculars. You will not find a manual for that scope.
Sorry, but you bought a toy telescope. We call them department store telescopes. Read my TIPS on my profile page. Sky objects are very tiny and most of them are very dim. You should be able to see Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and a few of the brighter sky objects that you can SEE without a telescope.
Buy several good Astronomy books like "Turn Left at Orion" and "Nightwatch" and download the free monthly star chart at www.skymaps.com ; these will help you learn the sky and point the telescope. USE ONLY the eyepiece with the largest number written on it. This is your LOWEST magnification. About 100 power is the MAXIMUM for that size telescope.