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martin



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PostSubject: newb here   Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:51 am

So after many years of documentaries and looking at the night sky I have finally been given a scope as a gift. I am thrilled to bits, it's now time to learn the names of what I can actually see with the unaided eye.
After doing some reading up on my new scope, (yet to be used - don't want to be pointing willy nilly) I am worried that I might not be able to see much with it. It is a newtonian 76mm 700mm. Please can some one put my mind at ease and tell me that as a novice this will enlighten and ignite my curiosity.
Thanks in advance for help.
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PostSubject: Re: newb here   Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:52 am

Start off by looking at the Moon and maybe Jupiter which comes up after midnight at the moment. Approx. in the east.
That is with the scope.
If you have binoculars use them as well for wider views
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PostSubject: Re: newb here   Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:43 am

Hello and welcome

If you haven't heard this already, a great book for beginners is Turn Left at Orion. It not only gives you detailed instructions as to how to find stuff in the night sky, it also gives a diagaram with a realistic picture of what you can expect to see in a 3" scope. It's an excellent starting point.

You just need to have realistic expectations of what you are going to see and then you won't be disappointed.

As "astrolover" said, the Moon and Jupiter are also great objects for your first viewings.

Good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: newb here   Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:44 am

Thankyou to both of you, That reference to "Turn Left at Orion" is invaluable, I have just downloaded the Ebook version and I think I Might be scouring through it's pages for some time to be. Many thanks Adam. Here's hoping for some clear skies if only just to get my bearings unaided.
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