Re: New scope - didn't see a thing!
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Tom Nicolaides" <tomnicolaides@d..
> Those galxies can be a little tough. I rarely see them in my finder
> I upgraded to a 9x50 finder and most are still invisible. I'd sayit's
> you're having beginner troubles in locating objects.
> Since you can find Saturn and M44 (the beehive) there probably isn't
> anything wrong with your scope - and the Skywatcher 6 inch is a good
> scope. Try finding some open star clusters. M36, M37 and M38 in
> Auriga can all be seen in your finder. As can M50 and M41 In Canis
> Major (M41 is just south of Sirius). Then try M47 and from there
> an easy hop to M46. In M46 you may be able to see the planetaryOrion
> nebula in the foreground. And of course, don't forget M42 - the
> Nebula - Use a 15mm or so EP (50x, about a 1 degree field of view ifyou
> you're using a plossl) for all these objects and that should give
> a nice field of view for all of them.Thanks for all the advice everybody. I have ordered Sky Atlas 2000 and
> Get hold of some sky charts or print some from your Deepsky software
> and that will help too.
will spend more time 'star hopping' to locate the suggested objects.
The light pollution URL posted was not very nice viewing - Europe
hasn't got much in the way of dark skies! My town is under 'orange' so
pretty bad. It looks like I would have to travel at least two hours to
find dark skies!
I read a lot on the web so wasn't expecting to see lots of colours
through the eyepiece but I was expecting to at least see 'smudges'.
Still, I purchased a Radian eyepiece after reading lots of reviews so
I did think that would help.
Next clear night (there has only been 1 in the last 14 days in the SE
UK due to anticyclonic gllom!), I will go out with my new Sky Atlas
and star hop my way around the objects suggested in these replies -
- --- In email@example.com, "Hugh Bartlett" <hughandmaret@e...>
>Well, there has been so much positive feedback about the 24mm panoptic
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Geoff Gaherty <geoff@g...> wrote:
> >> An 8mm Radian would be a good choice. This will give you 94x by
> itself, and
> > 188x Barlowed, which is probably about as high as you'll want to
> push the scope,
> > excellent for the Moon and planets.
> Very good advice, as usual! I'd be even stronger on the 24 Pan and
> say it is the best you can do with a 1.25" focuser, for all the same
> reasons Geoff mentioned.
that my order has gone in! I will be ordering the 8mm Radian today.
> I may have missed something earlier in the thread about needing eyeI do wear glasses so the eye relief is welcomed. However, my left eye
> relief, but there are other options if you don't need 20mm of eye
> relief. However, the spread in magnifications looks good with those
> three eyepieces.
is my best eye so I will experiment with not using the glasses to see
how I go
Thats if I ever get to do any observing! I have had the scope for 14
days and have only managed 1 hours observing - the weather in the east
of the UK has been solid cloud the rest of the time. The forecast is
for several more days of it. So frustrating!
> The only other suggestion I'd have is to get a Televue 2.5xI tried a 6.4 mm Meade Plossi with the Meade Barlow, but I couldn't
> Powermate. I suspect you are going to want a little more
> magnification with the planets, whether your scope gives a sharper
> view or not, and the 2.5x would put you at 234x with the 8mm Radian,
> which is where the Saturn and Jupiter really start looking grand.
> There are some other benefits of the 2.5x powermate, such as not
> extending eye relief and being parfocal. In addition, as with all
> of Televue's current offerings, the optics are excellent and
> designed for shorter focal length telescopes such as yours.
get the thing to focus - I looked at Saturn and it remained an out of