The Good, the Bad, and the Damn Annoying

Ijbhnewscopet turned ridiculously cold, so my early experiences with this new telescope involved kneeling on an icy patio in a down parka.  But there’s much more to the transition to a new telescope than that.

Three big things have come up. All are normal and will be solved, but these are the three that I’m dealing with.

1. The finderscope is a 6×30 and (of course) shows an inverted image. I’m used to the idiot-proof red-dot finder plus reflector, so my brain isn’t used to going from an inverted image to a reversed right-side-up image (as I’m using a star diagonal). I’m used to a one-to-one finder image and a typical reflector image, reversed and inverted. Plus, I now have to look through a telescope in order to look through a telescope–I’m accustomed to pinpointing a region of sky, not star-hopping. So a few old chestnuts in the pre-dawn (even Albireo, for Pete’s sake!) proved highly elusive.

2. Narrow field of view. The scope came with a 25mm eyepiece, just like my last one. On my previous 650mm scope, that would yield a low magnification of 26×, and offer a “broad side of the barn” way of locating objects. On this 1000mm scope, 25mm yields 40×, significantly narrowing the field of view and making it harder to do a brute-force search (when, say, the finderscope has driven you batty).

3. Posture. Good grief, I’m going to need a yoga mat. I really wasn’t realistic about the amount of crouching and kneeling that a long tube requires.

Solutions:

1. Get used to the finderscope, and/or order a new laser dot.

2 Get a 40mm eyepiece to yield a lower 25× magnification.

3. Lose weight. (Or buy an Orion extender. Or both.)

4. Be patient.

5. Get disciplined about using star charts.

Oh, and get a filter for the violet fringe, and a filter for light pollution.

About Jon

Organist, sacred musician, teacher, writer, working in New York City and parts north. Amateur genealogist, astronomer, etc.
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