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Orion xt 10

I am just about a complete astronomy novice. I bought an orion xt10. I bought it through C-7 and paid for them to collimate it and had it delivered. I followed the manual to set it up. I have not set up the intelli-scope locating device. Thus, I do it "manually" for now. When I look through the skyscope to locate an object and put it on the cross-hairs, I then look through the eyepiece (provided by orion through telescope purchase and it appears that I cannot see the target any more magnified or clearer than the skyscope. I've tried the other eyepiece that came with it, and I have also tried it with the light pollution filter and still - nothing. What am I doing wrong?

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  • psi_phi_1 Feb 06, 2008

    still not getting any more magnification or focus without using filter as drummernick suggested...I sincerely appreciate you trying to help me...thx

  • psi_phi_1 Feb 06, 2008

    still not getting any more magnification or focus without using filter as drummernick suggested...I sincerely appreciate you trying to help me...thx

  • psi_phi_1 Feb 06, 2008

    still not getting any more magnification or focus without using filter as drummernick suggested...I sincerely appreciate you trying to help me...thx

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Well, I'll try to help... maybe you have placed the secondary mirror the other way around...

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Sounds like bad filter not focases in corect ok i would return it cuse these are usally relly clear thx nick

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    nick helpap Feb 06, 2008

    ya vote me as fix ya then thats all i have i bet bad lens

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  1. Get Stellarium or another fine astronomy program
  2. During the day, point the telescope at a part of the landscape about 100 yards away.
  3. Use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number) in the focal tube.
  4. Center the landscape object in the telescope.
  5. Align the finder scope so that it points exactly where the main telescope is.
  6. At night, leave the scope out to reach thermal equilibrium (about an hour for small reflectors and refractors)
  7. If the scope is on a EQ mount, polar align.
  8. Point the finder at the moon. The moon should be in the main scope also.
  9. Practice finding the moon before you start on the planets
  10. Once you are comfortable with the moon and planets, you can go for the deep sky objects

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Binoculars make a GREAT first "Telescope"!


For beginners in the Astronomy hobby we usually recommend that they buy a nice pair of either 7x50mm binoculars, or 10x50mm binoculars as their first 'telescope".

Additionally they should buy one or two Astronomy books, one of which should be a star chart. You will use the star chart and the binoculars to learn a little bit about the night sky BEFORE you buy your first telescope.

Good books:

Objects in the Heavens by Peter Birren- http://www.amazon.com/Objects-Heavens-Peter-Birren/dp/155369662X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1264187389&sr=8-1-fkmr0

Sky & Telescope Star Atlas- http://www.amazon.com/Sky-Telescopes-Pocket-Atlas/dp/1931559317/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264187432&sr=8-1

Turn Left at Orion- http://www.amazon.com/Turn-Left-Orion-Hundred-Telescope/dp/0521781906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264187469&sr=8-1-spell

Nightwatch- http://www.amazon.com/NightWatch-Practical-Guide-Viewing-Universe/dp/155407147X/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264187498&sr=8-5

Spend a few months learning the sky with the binoculars and JOIN a local Astronomy club. The members will help you learn the sky and you will get to look through their telescopes and decide on which one you should purchase. Did you know that the Astronomical League gives awards for completing several different observations using binoculars! Join your local AL Astronomy club to learn about observing awards using only binoculars!

List of Astronomy Clubs by State:
http://www.astroleague.org/societies/list

Clear Skies!

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Meanwhile watch this video:
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