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Posted by L Madia on March 22, 2002 05:53:46 UTC

Hi Kathy,

I was just brousing this board and noticed your question. If you still need help perhaps I can give you a bit of advice.

First know that I am also new at astronomy, just got my scope in 12/01. However, I have been through it pretty much and maybe can I can help. What I would suggest is setting your scope up on the moon. Once you bring it in try to focus on the craters. If you have different eye pieces I would start with the lowest power ie 30mm or 25mm etc. Once I get the moon in focus with those eye pieces you might, if you have other ep's, to go a higher power such as a 15mm or a 10mm.

When you have conquered the moon, look straight up at approximately 8:30 pm and notice the brightest object in the night sky (except of course for the moon). That would be the planet Jupiter. Try to site in on this planet. You will probibly have to use the finder scope.

From then you are on your own. If you are so inclined you might want to pick up a book on the sky such as "Nightwatch" which is very good for beginners and has various simple star charts that I have found easy to follow.

Of course you can always return to this site where you can find very helpful info from many who have much more knowledge than I.

I hope that helps,

Lenny

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