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BeanerSA

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  1. I think we are spoiled, because almost all of us have seen a Hubble quality shot of the object we are looking at, before we ever take our first look through an eyepiece. Cataloging astronomers only saw this detail with massive apertures. I think having an idea of what your object really looks like certainly influences your viewing.
  2. We need to find a way to help you understand the Celestial Coordinate system, or Celestial Sphere. All celestial objects rise in the east and rotate towards the west over a roughly 12 hour period. Whether we can see them or not depends on whether the sun is up at the same time. The objects that we can see when the sun isn't up, changes throughout the year. Take a star that rises in the east just after sunset tonight. It's RA and Dec is fixed, but that line of RA travels across, from east to west, during the night. The stars RA and dec never change, but as earth rotates, the line of RA travels across the sky. Try this video from the wonderful Phil Plait
  3. Ok. The two positive 60° are actually pointing to the same line, one in the east direction, and one in the west direction. The two negative 60° are both pointing to the same line, one in the east direction and one in the west direction. Depending on which side of the meridian (east or west) your object is, will determine which way you need to point it. Are you able to navigate your way around the night sky at all, because a lot of this will make a lot more sense if you can make some naked eye observations first. As the last video I linked states, the setting circles are a really poor way of finding objects. Your best way to locate objects will be starhopping with the finderscope. Keep asking questions if I haven't made myself clear.
  4. You polar align your mount using the latitude setting (~40 degrees in your case) and leave it there. On the bits of the mount that now can be unlocked and moved, are (ineffective) setting circles. The one that rotates around the polar alignment is the RA, and the one that would allow you to look behind the mount, is the Dec.
  5. That's what you get when I make an assumption. It's long gone for us southern hemisphere viewers, so I assumed it would be too far west for you.
  6. I meant to say "M13 isn't around"
  7. M13 is around this time of year. Did you mean M31? It's a pretty easy star hop. Try the chart on freestarcharts.http://freestarcharts.com/messier/20-guides/messier/127-messier-31-m31-andromeda-galaxy-spiral-galaxy
  8. I use both those apps. If I could only choose one, I'd choose Mobile Observatory. But buy both.
  9. I like Galactic Encounters by William Sheehan.
  10. I use stellarium to see what's about, and plan my starhop on my starcharts. I also peruse the latest magazines to see if they have suggestions for the month.
  11. Have you aligned your finderscope /RDF with your main tube? Preferably during the day?
  12. There is no substitute for dark skies.
  13. That all looks okay. Are you expecting to see more than a tiny dot of light when looking at a star?
  14. BeanerSA

    Hi everyone

    That you felt that way about a view of stars already puts you ahead of many newcomers. So many unrealistically expect more than dots of light.
  15. Hubble is both the best and worst thing to happen to observational astronomy.
  16. I don't think it has been put together properly. The top cage seems to be 90° out.
  17. 145CMa is the one I saw most recently. Quite a sight.But yes, there is always something to see.
  18. I'll throw in my vote for a 150 or 200mm dob.
  19. It has a 0.965 focuser, which is going to limit the options. It looks like a nasty toy. The sort of thing that puts people off astronomy.
  20. Start with lower magnification? You haven't given us much to work with!
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