If you dont have any experience with telescopes, I suggest trying it
first in daytime, since daytime objects are much better for getting
experience. Also, start with the lowest power eyepiece,
the one with the largest lens. Start by looking towards something
pretty big, like a car or a house, and it needs to be some distance
away to even have a chance to get a focus. If your target is closer
than about 1/4 mile, you should add the right angle eyepiece attachment
to allow you to focus in on closer objects.
When you are finally
set up with the low power eyepiece, and have a good big target in the
daytime, start looking thru the telescope while turning the knob thru
the entire range. At some point of knob turning, you should see some
image appear in the eyepiece..Turn the knob slowly to focus it clearly.
this is for the shaky tripod. If you can hang a book under the middle
of the tripod, the added weight will help stabilize the telescope, and
you should be able to see a little better, without so much motion at
the slightest touch.
After you look at the first car or house,
you can see how careful you have to be to use the telescope,
and you can start to look at other objects. When you move to the higher
power eyepieces, it will be even more critical in getting it both
aimed and focused. If its off by just a few degrees, you wont see what
you are looking for.
When you start nightime viewing, start with
the largest object in the sky, the moon. Its the same process as
daytime, except the eyepiece mechanism will have to be adjusted a
little closer to the main body of the telescope.
and stars will be the ultimate test. Stars and planets are harder to
see, since they are small, and hard to see unless they are in focus.
When you can see those views, you have passed the telescope test. Its a
matter of careful aim, and having the telescope focus set close to the
point where you can see objects that are VERY FAR AWAY. If you are able
to focus on the moon, you will be fairly close to being able to focus
on the planets. The hardest part is actually getting the planet in the
view of the telescope, in other words, aiming it.
The last item
that can really mess up the view is a fogged up lens. Usually this
happens in the summer when the scope has been in the air-conditioned
room, and then it fogs up when taken outside. The solution for this is
to let the telescope sit outside for 20 minutes, so the fogged lenses
can clear. By the way, the same fogging may happen when you bring the
telescope inside during the winter.
I hope this helps you
eventually get a clear view of some amazing views in the sky. Your
final exam is to take a look at the moon, the rings of Saturn, and the
moons of Jupiter, some time in the near future. Have Fun!
Dec 26, 2007 |
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