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Started by Rkozare, 12/18/2016 04:46PM
Posted 12/18/2016 04:46PM Opening Post
My wife bought me an Orion Starblaster 4.5. I'm new to this. Any advice?
Posted 12/19/2016 05:24AM #1
Richard there are a lot of youtube links for info on this telescope.
Posted 12/19/2016 08:21AM #2
Choose one or two constellations each month to learn. This is a "naked eye" assignment. Every time you walk outside at night, look up and "find your friends." Right now, Andromeda and Cassiopeia are good ones, because you can see the Andromeda galaxy with your 4.5" scope. Also check out M52 and M103 in Cassiopeia. Use your widest eyepiece for these. If you want to spend some money, consider a 25mm plossl eyepiece.
Do some daylight testing on your quick finder pointing and make sure it is well aligned. Just use an object several hundred yards away and make sure your finder and your scope are pointing exactly at the same spot. This will save a lot of night time frustration!
Posted 12/19/2016 02:37PM #3
If you're interested in astronomy read every book on the subject from the library and subscribe to Astrnomy and / or Sky and Telescope. Good luck