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I recently bought a Vivitar 76700 on a whim because it was on a sale. I've been able to get it to work alright, but was having trouble viewing the moon because of its brightness, so I ordered a moon filter. In doing research I found that 1.25" is the most common and it seemed that's what would fit mine. It arrived today and in trying to test it, the moon filter is too big to be compatible with any of the eyepieces/tubes. I have googled endlessly and 1. cannot seem to find any smaller moon filters or 2. find any explanation for why it doesn't fit the eyepieces that came with the scope, or really any extra information on the telescope. I know that most of the reviews say this model is not great, but I'm not using it for anything serious. Like I said, bought it really cheap on a whim. I'd like to be able to use this moon filter and not have to return it or get a new one. I read a review that said this telescope model is compatible with 1.25" eyepieces but I don't see how that could be the case because the 1.25" moon filter seems too big for any part of the viewing apparatus. Does anyone know anything more about this particular telescope? Or if there is some kind of adaptor I could use to make this work for me? Thank you!
i was wondering do any of you wear eyepatches when you observe through you scope ( Covering the unused eye) the reason I bring this up is I was thinking if it would produce less strain instead of squinting and probably a better view! or you could put it over the observing eye and stop it from getting the night vision ruined.
wonder how many pirate observers there are.
By Major Canis
Im new to the realms of astronomy and have just acquired my first telescope; an Orion Skyscanner 100m reflector. I've taken it out a few times using a childrens Ikea table as a mount and attempted some afocal photography using my Canon EOS 100D DSLR camera (without a great deal of success as can be expected!).
Though I have a keen interest in astrophotgraphy, Im settling for simply viewing at this stage, with a view to purchasing a good mount in the future perhaps. Currently, I could benefit from a mount that is going to offer me some reasonable stability over a flimsy table that isnt going to cost the earth.
Would an inexpensive EQ (such as the Orion EQ-1) be suitable or should I perhaps consider a simple camera tripod or Altazimuth? Any suggestions here would be welcome.
And if anyone has suggestions on achieving some basic astrophotgraphy with my prospective equipment in mind, Id like to hear from them. Or if its best avoided entirely (which I highly expect) then Id also like to know.
so I went with buying a Skywatcher Skyliner 150p after reading lots of opinions on beginners telescope choices for my budget in a previous post (thank you all by the way!), and it’s arrived and wow it’s exciting to see even in the boxes!! (Also slightly bigger then I expected so wrapping it up and hiding it from my boyfriend ready for Xmas has been a tad tricky haha!).
so I’m now here again asking for some advice on getting him (& me) started with using the telescope, just wondering if there is any good starting points to read up on or tips on what to be looking at first! Any more thorough guides to this Skywatcher Skyliner etc too so setting up goes smoothly?
just thought to ask in advance as it will be nice to point him in the right direction as soon as poss!
thanks Tara 😀
Hi there, I’m looking for advice as to which of these telescopes would be the Best Buy & most useful for a beginner, I’ve been reading different reviews on sales websites but can’t make a decision, budget needs to stay around £200. So have whittled it down to Sky-Watcher Explorer 150P or skywatcher skyliner 150p telescope? What’s the difference?