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About brsseb

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  1. Thanks, the O-ring is in place now. But this isnt really the problem. Sorry if I was a bit unclear in my first post. Its that the entire finder scope, including the finder scope holder, falls off the scope. The problem is at the other end, basically. The single screw that is supposed to secure the finder scope holder to the telescope isnt getting a good grip.
  2. Hmm, I dont thing Im totally getting this.. So, I was thinking that there should be a small tip of rubber on the end of the screw that secures the finder scope to the mount. And its that whats missing here, causing the finder scope to come loose. But the 50mm rubber O-ring is another thing...I just noticed it actually, strapped weirdly to the top of the finder scope. Anyone care to tell me (the N00b) what its purpose is? Side note: The telescope came with NO documentation whatsoever. Someone at Celestron forgot to package it I guess. Ive only read the online manual for the Advanced VX mount, which was the main reason for buying this scope. I have not read anything about the scope itself and how to set it up, besides collimation which I have learned from my smaller Newtonian. And I aligned the scope and finder scope using Jupiter as the target the other day.
  3. Yeah, I will try that But its kinda weird that the finder scope isnt fully threaded, allowing for permanent mounting. It only fits in a single position on the mount anyway. Its not like its made to slide back and forth. There is even a small notch at the back that it has to fit into (for alignment I guess). If it was on some sort of rail, like the telescope itself, I would have understood.
  4. Yeah, its the scope on the photo. Guess the rubber is missing. Wonder where is gotten to...must have fallen off at some point, as I dont remember having this issue the first time I used it. Alternatively I can dremel a hole (or a crevase) for the screw to fit
  5. I have a Celestron 8" Newtonian with a 9x50 finder scope on the small bracket that Celestron is using on those. And it keeps falling off. I am unable to secure it with the screw that came with. The metal screw doesnt get enough grip to hold it in place, even if I hand tight it pretty good. Its already fallen off once and hit the pavement, cripping an edge of the front lense. There must be something I have missed here. Any tips?
  6. Short status update. Thanks everyone for helping me out and giving me lots of usefull tips. I have learned so much with this scope and about astronomy in general for the past few months since I got it. The telescope has now been sold to a friend of mine. Reason is, two weeks ago I stumbled upon a great deal from a swedish astronomy retailer. So right now I have a 8" Newtonian that I cant wait to test out once the weather clears up . Ill keep you posted on how it goes (in a different thread). Clear skies!
  7. I have checked the collimation with a laser collimator. It seemed about 95% right to me, enough for me not to go ahead with any adjustments yet. Looks like the factory did a good job on this one. And I guess since its so small and compact, its less likely to have its mirrors moved out of alignment during shipping and transport. Yeah, I have definitely started making sure that both my telescope and my eyes have adapted before using it. Let it cool down, and avoid using bright objects like smart phones when I am out. I got a small red flashlight which helps me in the dark. I actually managed to get some glimpses of two of the bands a few weeks ago. The seeing was not the best that night, and I should really find a better dark site than the one I am currently using.
  8. Thats some awesome shots you got there. Thats what I am looking for. I have already ordered a used eye piece adapter online, but I will try to get some photos with my iPhone 6S also, and compare the results that I get. I have a feeling the iPhone 6S is gonna do the job nicely.
  9. Im guessing its something like this I am looking for? http://www.amazon.com/Deluxe-Telescope-Camera-Adapter-Nikon/dp/B0053ZUW28
  10. Im just getting started with astronomy. Been doing some simple observations of the moon and Jupiter with my Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ with various oculars. Ive also got a Barlow and a T-ring, and have attached my DSLR (Nikon D5300 DX) to it and taken som simple shots. My (silly) question is: how can I take photographs using the same maginfication levels that I am seeing through the various eye pieces? I got a 2x Barlow, which only allows me to take shots in either 2x magnification, or 1x (when I screw the end bit off the Barlow). But how can I take photos of what I am seeing when I use the various eye pieces that I got , like my 16mm, (which allows for way more detailed closeups of, say the craters on the moon, than my 2x Barlow does). Ive attached two photos taken with my Barlow, one with the 2x magnification and one without it.
  11. I finally got my Orion AccuFocus electronic focuser. Works like a charm on this telescope. Its amazing to be able to make tiny adjustments to the focus without having to touch the telescope and introducing a few seconds of shaking (which I find is one of the most tiring aspects of observing). Install was pretty easy, even though the mounting brackets didnt align 100% properly with the Celestron. Looks like it will be clear skies over the next couple of days, so I will try to get some views and some simple shots of the moon and of Jupiter.
  12. Im trying to hold off on upgrading until I can at least learn to set up the GEQ properly. And to learn more about the hobby and what I can realisticly hope to see without spending too much money. But I am already having dreams about a 8"+ EdgeHD SCT...and I do have a birthday coming up
  13. Just came back in from what I consider a good viewing session. Found a small mountain far enough from the city lights and I set up my telescope in a clearing near the top. I managed to see some hints of the bands on Jupiter. Still fuzzy and it took a while for my eyes to really see anything, but It was worth it. It was pretty cold and I had a 10-15 minute walk to reach the top of the mountain, and 15 min or so setup time, which allowed the scope to cool down pretty well. And I spend some time to get my eyes used to the pitch darkness. Had to use the flashlight a few times, which set my vision back for a few minutes. I might get a red flashlight instead. The biggest pain is that Im not used to viewing through the eye pieces, and found my eyes watering up every now and then as I struggled to get details on Jupiter. I can feel some fatigue in my eyes as Im writing this , but it guess its just takes practise. Also the scope is to tiny and shakes like crazy everytime you refocus or move anything. Had to place Jupiter just outside the field of view in order for it to appear in the center in time for the shaking to end. And focusing is horrible. Is there a way to add fine-tuning to the focuser? Like a 1 to 10 step recuder? Anyways, Im quite happy to have made some progress on my star gazing . Thanks for all the tips so far.
  14. Thanks. My lack of patience is going to be the main obstacle for me in this hobby. Especially when its cold outside..
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