By Dave Fuller on
12/30/2015 10:41 AM
Don't give up!
Telescopes seem like they are easy to use - just point it generally where you think the object is you want to see, and it should be visible in the eyepiece, right? I mean, that's what we do with our phones and cameras - just point it, and "Boom!" - there it is!!
So why isn't a telescope so simple? What are you doing wrong?
There's a few things that beginners may not realize they're doing. Here's how to find things more easily with a telescope your first time out.
1) Make sure the mount and tripod are steady
This is easy to overlook, but it is VERY important. Your telescope only shows a very narrow slice of the sky, even at low power. Keep in mind, if you drew a line from horizon to horizon, that is 180 degrees. Your telescope only shows 1/180th of that line, at low power. So even very small movements of the tripod or mount will appear to be HUGE changes in the eyepiece! Think about zooming in a camera all the way, without using a steadying feature to smooth out your...