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Posted by Bob Sal on January 7, 2002 19:09:07 UTC

Most people agree the Tosco is on the low end of the Telescope totum pole. But lets not talk about that, you got it, here's the scoop. You're right, the 3x Barlow, 4MM and 2.5MM eyepieces are more that likely junk. Don't give yourself a headach trying to see anything with them. Question? What size are the eyepieces, 1.25 or .965 eyepieces? The .965 are not very good. You can get an adapter from Orion and get some better 1.25 eyepieces. At 130MM you should get great views of Saturn. It dosen't sound like your pointing at Saturn. You should be able to see all 110 deep sky objects in the Messier catalog. The "M" items. It may not be a good quality scope. I'm not trying to discourge you, if the stars are focusing to pin points with the 25MM eyepiece, you should be OK. I wouldn't worry too much about the motor drive, try using it manually. What star charts or books did you get? Well that's where to start, get some better eyepieces, get a starter book, get out under a clear sky and point it manually, see what you can find. Maybe pick up a copy of Astronomy or Sky and Telescope magazine. If you didn't get a book or charts, they give you a sky map and point out several easy targets for small to medium telescopes. Remember, nothing will look like the pictures on the box or in the books. Your not gonna see blue and red nebulas or spilral arms in galaxies. Nebulas will look like smoke clouds, galaxies fuzzy spots, star clusters will look nice with lots of stars in a big clump. Good Luck. Get back to me.
That's it;
BOB SAL

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