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  1. UPDATE Richard I owe you one. Just got home and spotted a chance to train the scope on to moon. I removed the spacer as suggested and tried both the 20mm and the 6mm eyepiece. No problem finding an focus at all!! I knew it would be something I was doing wrong. All your help was much appreciated guys. Unfortunately the gap in the clouds has closed so cannot test it on anything else but at least I know it works. JT
  2. You are quite correct. The images I have without the Barlow are indeed perfectly fine. I just wondered if I was doing something wrong
  3. Richard - you might have something there. There is a small piece that unscrews and comes away. Whether this is a spacer for the purpose you describe I am unsure but it allows the barlow to sit inside the tube and its removal may well allow me the extra travel needed to achieve an image. Unfortunately the cloud looks like it is here to stay for the night so as soon as I can get back out to test this I will update this thread. Thanks all JT
  4. Thanks Steve. The wheel is all the way in before a clear image is achieved. It happens with both the 20mm and the 6mm. I think I will put it down to being both cheap and possibly faulty. I will look to purchase another soon and keep it when I upgrade the scope. Thanks for your help JT
  5. Thanks for your time Steve The focal lengths of the eyepieces are 20mm and 6mm The view I get is simply one which has the object centred but large and blurred. When I move the focus wheel it starts to get smaller and starts to become clearer, but long before I can get a viewable image I reach the limit of the focus wheel and cannot go any further. I wonder if it is that I am exceeding the max usable magnification as you suggest. I admit I did not allow the scope to cool for an hour as I did not know this was necessary and the cloud was coming in and I wanted to use the scope tonight while I could. I will bear this in mind in future though, thanks JT
  6. I have Shaun, I move in the direction where the focus starts to sharpen but I reach the limit of the focus wheel before it achieves it
  7. Can anyone help? Only been observing since Christmas so I am a total noob. Just arrived home and the skies were clear as a bell so out I went with my small Dobson. This is the first time since Christmas I've been able to view the moon through it so that was my first stop - stunning. Next I managed to locate, what Star Walk reliably informs me was Aldebaran (HR 1457) a beautiful orange star and from there to Jupiter and it's moons, unfortunately too soon to see the red spot. Then I thought I'd try out the Dobson eyepiece which came with the scope. Now I admit that this is a cheap scope (I was bought it as a present at Christmas) and as I have previously said I am sure to be upgrading sooner rather than later. Generally I am really chuffed with it apart from the Barlow eyepiece that came with it. All of the other eyepieces work perfectly but as soon as I combine them with the Barlow I cannot get a focus at all. My question is simply, is it the fact that this is a low quality Barlow or am I missing something? Any help appreciated. JT
  8. i'll bear that in mind when I go shopping thanks JT
  9. Some great suggestions. Thanks all. Opticstar are not too far at all so I'll give them a call and speak to them about visiting the shop.
  10. Hi I am very new to both Astronomy and these forums. I have a small, cheap Dobson which I only got for Christmas and I have really enjoyed viewing the sky with it. However, I know now that my appetite for seeing more detail and more objects will soon outgrow what this scope can do for me and I will definitely be looking to upgrade in the near future. As I said I am a novice to this and am a bit nervous of purchasing a scope online having never had my hands on it, so to speak, beforehand. I would really like to be able to walk into a store and get some solid advice from someone whilst being shown the various models which would suit my purpose. I am not averse to buying online however so my question is twofold. Firstly does anyone know of any good shops anywhere in the North West which would allow me to have a first hand look at some equipment before buying as well as get some advice? Secondly can anyone recommend a reputable web seller that I can maybe contact for some advice and be confident I am buying the right scope from? Thanks in advance JT
  11. Hi Jeff Do you know if Wigan has an active astronomical society? JT
  12. Doh! Did I say Saturn? I meant Jupiter!! Forgiveness please I am new to this. Ill amend my original post if I can.
  13. Good luck. Lets hope for some clear skies soon
  14. Thanks for the welcome and the tip.
  15. Hi All, I was given a small Dobson for Christmas from the family (after a few dropped hints) and while the skies were clear over the New Year I enjoyed some great views of Saturn and its moons which blew me away in terms of what I could see from such a modest scope. I am hoping that maybe I can upgrade to something larger during the year so will be scouring the forum for tips and advice on good scopes to move on to, within a budget of course. I am also a keen photographer and am really interested in combining the two and taking some shots of what I can see in the sky so I am hoping for some good advice from you guys. Right it's too cloudy to get out so I am off for a mooch around the topics, speak soon. JT
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