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I have just bought my son a NG70CA telescope. Have no manuals and cant find any on the web. As my son is very interested in star gazing..we can see the moon quite clearly but little else. Having seen certain reviews it was infered that you could see other planets/ andromeda. I am hopefully looking for a bit of guidance being completely new to this and in all honest havent got a clue... is this particular telescope suitable for anything other than just looking at the moon...where can I get info on where exactly to look for other views of the sky any help would be very much appreciated. Many Thanks

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  • eddy107 Sep 09, 2009

    Thanks to all with advice as I said before am very new to this. The telescope I have please bare with me... has an eyepiece which you view through thats it...you keep saying make sure finder scope is perfectly aligned to scope...the eye piece that you look through can be adjusted but when you turn it makes objects viewed at funny angles so I have it set up so that everything is the right way up theonly other adjustment on this scope is the magnification/focusing. I can view the moon which is quite clear but that is about it...just wanted to know if this is about the telescopes limits...it just seems to me that although i can see the moon quite clearly it does not seem as if there is great detail of the moon itself(not that I know what i should expect to see) hence why i asked if this is a powerfull enough telescope to see other objects( Not that i would know ( at the moment where to look in the sky for different objects)..I hope that is a bit clearer as regards to my problem albeit a bit long winded.

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Try to locate a local Astronomy club and attend their star parties. Also download the free monthly star chart at:

www.skymaps.com Objects in the sky are tiny. Your scope must be pointed directly at them or you will not see them in the eyepiece. Make sure the finder scope is aligned with the main tube perfectly. Then use the finder scope to align the telescope.

This may also help you:
http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=810

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Testimonial: "Thanks for your help.not too sure what you mean by Make sure the finder scope is aligned with the main tube perfectly.am really new to this but thanks"

  • Joe Lalumia aka TelescopeMan

    If the small "finderscope" IS NOT exactly aligned you cannot use it to find small objects in the sky.

  • Joe Lalumia aka TelescopeMan

    Again the scope must be pointed directly at objects in the sky. They are VERY small. So you must be able to point the telescope exactly you will not see much just pointing it around just anywhere in the sky. Try to find a local astronomy club to help you. Here is a list of clubs by State:
    http://www.astroleague.org/societies/lis...




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