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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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.
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
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
During the day time line-up the small finder scope with the main tube. Use the eyepiece with the largest number written on it. Site on a distant object with the main scope. Then line- up the crosshairs on the finder with out moving the main tube so BOTH are pointed at the same object.
Locate a local Astronomy club and attend their star parties. You have a good beginners telescope by the way.
Learn how to collimate the telescope. Watch this video. http://www.andysshotglass.com/Collimating.html