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Hi there,

what are you interested in viewing?

The first rule of thumb is to get as far away as possible from sources of light pollution. That allows you to see your target as a bright object against a black background  

John

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westmarch is right. Also, don't always go for the highest magnification. Sometimes, that just makes it blurry. try going for low magnification and just soaking in the detail (this is true for lunar and planetary, at least). Good luck!

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What sort of telescope and eyepieces do you have Manufacturer, type and  the numbers printed on the box, on the telescope and on the eyepieces; all those would be helpful.

One reason for blurry views is the use of magnifications that are too high for the telescope. Do some daytime experiments on a landmark a few hundred metres away. Practice focussing with the lowest power eyepiece. If you have say a 25 mm,  a 10 mm and a 4 mm focal length eyepiece, then the 25 mm will give you the lowest power (if you have others, just choose the one with the longest focal length).

At the lowest power, the telescope should give you a clear and sharp image. If not, turn the focusser all the way in and out. Somewhere along its travel range you should get a clearly defined image. Let us know if it works.

If you get a sharp image, replace the eyepiece with a higher power one and refocus. Does that work?

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Have you already downloaded Stellarium? It's a good tool for learning the night sky and for planning observations.

 

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Get away from city lights as mentioned above, be patient, today and tomorrow may be bad views, then WHAM!! suddenly you see the light! 

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14 hours ago, Subdeo said:

westmarch is right. Also, don't always go for the highest magnification. Sometimes, that just makes it blurry. try going for low magnification and just soaking in the detail (this is true for lunar and planetary, at least). Good luck!

Couldn't agree more.  When we start out we always tend to be thinking about high magnification.  For DSO's low power can be very effective, a nice widefield eyepiece so your eye can relax and soak up as much light as possible...

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Good advice above....

I’d like to add - for enjoyable stargazing, the first thing to have is...........warm clothing..........

Ed.

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On 18/11/2018 at 01:17, Sunshine said:

Get away from city lights as mentioned above, be patient, today and tomorrow may be bad views, then WHAM!! suddenly you see the light! 

Agree with all above comments in this thread, however the above from Sunshine is very true and under estimated by newer observers.
The conditions vary enormously hour by hour let alone night by night in my location, so stick with it a b be patient.

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I'd scroll down and look at the pictures on page one of this thread even if you don't read the words:

 

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On 18/11/2018 at 15:14, NGC 1502 said:

 

Good advice above....

I’d like to add - for enjoyable stargazing, the first thing to have is...........warm clothing..........

Ed.

No. First thing is copious amounts of patience. 

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