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About emilyy01

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  1. Brilliant, thanks everyone! Will take a look on that website. Stu, I'm in County Durham so not far South of Newcastle
  2. Hi, So I'm fairly new to observing and tonight a big bright light, probably 3 times bigger than the space station, caught my eye. It was travelling from North to South and appeared very bright only for a couple of seconds then went down quickly to a smaller size, like the space station when it is not at its brightest. It got smaller and smaller until I could no longer see it. I just wanted your opinions on what it could have been. A satalite perhaps? I live in North England and I would say it was around 10.15pm...
  3. Typically it was cloudy last night so couldn't see a single planet but I caught a break in the cloud to look at a star. I had my 32mm in and slowly ran through the focus. Once I couldn't see the spikes of the secondary mirror the star appeared really small in the eyepiece. Is this right?
  4. Yeah I can see fine during the day which is why I don't understand why I'm only having the problem at night. But everyone has said the same so I'm hoping for clear skies to have another go tonight with the 32mm. As Timebandit has said, I'll use the moon as a target when it appears again as it should be easier to get me started.
  5. Ok thank you. I'll give that a go with the 32mm tonight and let you know how I get on. If I still have problems I'll take a photo
  6. I have a Celestron eyepiece kit. It has some Plossl eyepieces (4mm, 6mm, 9mm,15mm, 32mm) and some others that don't have Plossl on them so I'm not sure what they are. Celestron 20 and Celestron 10. And then of course the 2x Barlow. Stu I tried that last night. I put every eyepiece in and ran through the whole focus range for each one. The 4mm eyepiece is the one with the longest focal length isn't it? I could only actually see black with that one so I'm not sure why. I'll give what you say another go though tonight.
  7. Hi! I'm a complete beginner to this whole astronomy thing but I've always been interested since primary school. So I bought a second-hand Celestron Firstscope 114 Short 4.5" Newtonian Equatorial Telescope. I understand that this is only a cheaper telescope but I just wanted something to get me started. I followed the instruction manual and did everything as it said. I aligned the finderscope up during the day and could see fine through the telescope. I took it outside last night to view the planets that are visible at the moment, used the finderscope to locate a planet, looked through the eyepiece and I could see lots of light. So I assumed that I was indeed pointing at a planet. However, I could also see what I believe is the secondary mirror holder or spider. So that completely blocked my view. I tried focusing it, trying different eyepieces with and without the 2x Barlow but still I could see the holder/spider. I followed the guide in the manual about collimation and I believe the collimation is correct. What I don't understand is how I could see fine during the day but not at night. So what is the problem? Is there something that needs adjusting? Please be aware that I am a complete beginner so astronomy is currently a completely different language to me! Thanks if anyone can help!
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