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Posted by Bob Sal on July 8, 2003 13:10:06 UTC

That sounds like an unusual tripod for that scope but so long as you can point it in all directions it's fine. 1.25 eyepiece holder, great, a .96 usually indicates a poor quality scope. OK, the first thing you need are eyepieces. There are lots to choose from and they can be very expensive. Go to the Orion page at www.telescope.com. They have a good selection. The Sirius Plossl are very good for the price. You'll need say a 25MM and maybe a 10MM. The starter set is a good deal, you get both and a 17MM and save $20. You may want a smaller one say a 7MM or 5MM or a barlow lense but that can wait. Next question, is there a finder scope attached. You'll need that as well. You can get one from Orion as well. Next you'll need a good starter book and a planetsphere (star wheel) to help you learn the sky. Go to Barnes and Nobel or your local large book store. They usually have starter astronomy books. I recomend Skywatching by David Levy, that's real good. Any book that has maps showing where the Deep Sky Objects (DSO's) are will be fine. Also get a copy of Sky and Telescope www.skypub.com or Astronomy magazine www.astronomy.com. Those will be a big help. Check that out and get back to me. Good luck.
That's it;
BOB SAL

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