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  1. Hi, thanks for the reply. The EP's are marked RK20, K12 and SR4 so im not sure if they are decent or not??? Plus I have a 2x Barlow that came with the scope. The best viewing I seem to get is with the RK20 + Barlow as the object still seems fairly bright. The cap is fully off too so no problems there, I also leave the scope and lens outside for a good while before I use them so they have cooled down a touch. Looks like I need a new scope if I am going to get this astronomy lark off the ground. Ive got the phillips stargazer 2008 book along with other Phillips books and charts and there seems so much to see that I want to continue, but I just dont feel this scope is up for it. Im not happy with just looking at the moon, I want to see DSO's!! Andy
  2. cheers russ Thats what I like to hear, a clear concise honest opinion! I was only thinking last night that this telescope is probably only good for viewing the moon and your comments seem to prove that theory.... So... realistically, what amount of £££ do I have to spend in order to see some decent eye candy when looking at deep sky objects??? Ive spent £100 on this one and all I can see is a tiny cloud which isnt what I expected to be honest. Cheers Andy
  3. Hi I have a 70/900mm refractor with 3 lenses ( 22mm, 12mm, 4mm) and a 2x Barlow Lens. I havent used the telescope yet in areas where light pollution is at a minimum. Ive only looked from my back garden. Ive seen Mars and Saturn(last night with the rings in view) but they look tiny thru my telescope, so much so that they just appear as a small light circle. I cant see a chance in hell of me being able to see any detail of their surface features. To make things even more frustrating is that wne i move down a lens from 22 to 12 or even 22 to 22+Barlow the object in view becomes more of a darker blur, basically rendering my 4mm and 12+Barlow lenses redundant. Is this normal for the scope I have..... or do things look better when im in a darker environment? Deep Sky Objects:- I have a book showing a list of object and their magnitude. Looking at my set up, what magnitude can I get a good look at with my scope? I looked at Orion's nebula's last night and was pretty dissapointed. I looked in the region of the horse nebula but found nothing, then I moved on to M42/M43 region and found to what seem to be a tiny cloud, but thats all I could see, and when I tried to zoom in again, things became a fuzzy blur as per usual. Am I doing something wrong, or am I just expecting too much with a scope of my calibre? Will I see MUCH more detail if I went into a rural area? If I cant see Orion's deep sky objects what hope have I looking anywhere else because Orion's are the easiest to spot arent they? Andy
  4. haha when i talked about the kitchen, I meant I was playing around with the dials and noticed they were fairly loose but obviously that must be down to the warmer temps indoors. I left the telescope outside for 15 minutes before I started using it tonight so by the time I needed to move the dials once id found the star, everything had tightened up, and its a problem I will face again next time I try it. Ive just tried again in the kitchen and they are again much looser than they were outside in the colder climate.
  5. only joined the site today, and not even used my new first scope properly yet but from what ive read and seen on here, its a site I will be visiting every day for news, info and advice. First impressions... awesome
  6. Hi again, Just been outside to see if I can use the Dec/RA mainly out of curiosity more than anything. Cant see much from my garden as there is pretty bad light pollution around so I lined up Polaris which went pretty well (need to slightly align the finder next time out but other than that, it was all good ), I then proceeded to unlock Dec/RA and swing it round clockwise to Dubhe so that I could then adjust the Dec + R/A settings to their corresponding co-ordinates. I locked Dec and R/A once more but to my amazement, I could hardly move the R/A numbers around. Dec seemed to move but still pretty stiff. I tried it last night in the kitchen (warmer temp) and it span around quite well but outside, it would hardly budge. Any ideas how I can loosen it up a bit?? Is this a common problem?? Cheers, Andy
  7. Hi guys Thanks for the responses. I did wonder last night when i was racking my brain about the setting circles whether I was overcomplicating things! I will stick to learning the constellations and using the finder for now then. Ive got a good map of objects within Orion off the internet so that should keep me busy for a while. I also got a couple of books and a planesphere with the scope, just a pity its always raining in Preston! I managed to get a short look a Mars the other night, but thats about it since I built it on boxing day! Thanks anyway, and i will let you know how i get on Andy
  8. Hi All This is my first post as a budding wannabe astromoner. I bought a Bresser 90/900 refractor telescope with a EQ mount. I was playing around with it last night but just need some advice on how I set it up correctly so that I can find objects by using co-ordinates. This is what ive done so far:- 1: - I have balanced the scope 2:- I have locked the base down so that I cannot swivel the mount around. 3: Ensured the tripod is on level ground 4:- I then turn the tripod so that it is facing North, then raise the latitude to 54 degrees to find the North Star, then lock it I now have Polaris in my sights. This is where the confusion begins. Im of the understanding that I now have to find a star nearby and try to locate it by only moving Dec and R/A, so im going to track one of the stars in Ursa Major as its the nearest star to Polaris (Dubhe) What im confused about is what settings to place Dec and R/A once ive moved the telescope on these 2 axis to find Dubhe. Dubhe is shown as 50 Dec and 11hr R/A. On Dec there is a dial going from 1-9 then back down to 1 (i think). I take it this is repeated 4 times around the dial to give 360 degrees?? So if I had the Dec set at 9 when pointing to the Polaris star, do I just move the dial either clockwise or anticlockwise until it lands on one of the 5's?? Im moving the tube clockwise to get from Polaris to Dubhe. Reference the R/A setting, my dial goes from 0-23 but ive noticed above the number are another set of number in reverse So how do I set this to the 11th hour? Do I just spin it clockwise until I find No. 11, and which set of numbers do I use? The top row or bottom row? Thanks in advance Andy ps... Great site!! Once this is achieved, am I all set up for finding objects via co-ordinates??
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