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Hello, got my first Telescope today. Got a Skywatcher 130P with a motor. Just spent a while outside trying it out whilst the skies got clearer but I can't seem to sort the zoom out... I've tried using a Barlow with a super 25 wife angle and it wasn't much difference. Am I using it wrong? Also, what's the best lens I can get for it please?

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Hi, Mr wings, and welcome.

Forget the Barlow for now. Use your 25mm eyepiece itself and starting with the focuser (which is what I think you mean by 'the zoom') fully in, slowly turn the focuser knob while looking through the eyepiece until the view becomes clearer and sharper. It might be an idea to practise on something during the day to get the feel of what's going on.

The Barlow increases the magnification and that's not necessarily a good thing. It certainly makes focusing that bit more difficult.

I strongly suggest you leave out buying any more kit until you've got to grips with what you have now. Plenty of time to add stuff later.

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I agree with Jem - above - and Gordon. Start during the day to learn to focus your telescope & start with the lowest-power eyepiece (the 25mm by itself - no Barlow). Read the thread linked above regards what you can expect to see, and take it slow & easy until you get your bearings.

I know being a new person with a telescope makes you want to jump-in with both feet - but going slow and easy will get you there quicker.

And welcome to SGL! Please feel free to ask questions. We love them!

Clear skies,


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I would start by viewing the Moon - move the focus knobs in an out until you reach perfect focus.

I believe your telescope may come with two eyepieces marked 25 and 10, but perhaps you have a Barlow instead of the 10mm? Either way on the Moon the increase in magnification should be clearly visible. After the Moon, try to locate planets. Jupiter and Saturn are by far the most impressive.

If you don't have it, you may want to down load the free STELLARIUM program for your computer. Configure it to your location, and it will show you a detailed map of the sky either at the current time or a time that you specify: http://www.stellarium.org/

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Hi and welcome to S G L, the stars will look the same with or without the Barlow, they just look

like dots of light, as above, try focusing in daylight, but whatever you do," do not try looking at

the Sun", you need a special filter for that, try something a good distance away.

Good Luck and Clear sky's

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Hi, welcome to SGL :)

Stars are always small dots. No magnification can make them larger. More magnification will make the field size smaller so spread them out but also may reveal fainter stars.

You can use your Nikon with the 130P (there's a whole thread here dedicated to imaging with the 130) but imaging is quite a complex task. I'd get used to using it visually first. Try the moon, also, clusters like the Pleiades.

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