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N00b looking for help with Celestron 4 1/2

My father received the above mentioned telescope from my mother for a birthday gift 15 yrs ago. the development of the Northern VA-Dulles area (where they live) has made it so that he has to travel more than an hour to get out of the light pollution. i moved to Maine 5 yrs ago and now have a little girl who is obsessed with the moon. dad brought the telescope and tripod up this past father's day weekend but no longer has any of the manuals and hasn't used the telescope in 5 yrs (so he's forgotten most of what he learned).i am on the boarder of ME and NH near Portsmouth, NH. there's a shop in P

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N00b looking for help with Celestron 4 1/2


Thanks very much! it looks like it's a FirstScope 114 with a wooden tripod (it doesn't have the C4.5 markings on the tube). this gets me headed in the right direction. too bad it's going to be cloudy/rainy all weekend :-(
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Just got a celestron nextstar 5


You are NOT in focus. You are seeing the central obstruction in the lens on the front of the tube. Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the telescope. Go outside during the daytime and practice focusing on a distant object.Once you are focused properly you can see the obstruction.Read my GOTO scope TIps on my profile page.
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We got a Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ for Christmas and we are new to the Astronomy world (always wanted to get into it, but haven't until now). We are having a hard time understanding how to collimate the scope and we need a video or something to take us through step by step, Also don't know if we installed the motor right, it looks like it is where it should go, but turning it on we are not sure if it is working right. Like I said we are new to this and want to learn more so that we too can enjoy the wonders of the stars, planets and all that we can see. HELP US Please.


I don't know why you are trying to collimate the scope. This is a complicated procedure and is probably not the first thing a newcomer should be doing. If it is a new scope, the collimation ought to be OK anyway. Are you having trouble with coma? If you don't know, or don't know what that is, then collimation is probably not the problem.If the problem is that you are not able to see what you expect in the telescope, then that is likely to be something other than the collimation being out. New telescope users are taken by surprise at the difficulty of just pointing the telescope in the right direction to see anything. The field of view is quite limited, especially if you are using a high power eyepiece. The higher the power of eyepiece on a telescope, the dimmer the image, the more difficult to aim it at any chosen object, and the more difficult to focus. When the scope is not focussed, even if there are stars in the field of view, they will only be faint blurs.I suggest that you try the telescope first in daylight (NOT pointed at or near the Sun), using the least powerful eyepiece (the one with the largest number). Try it on objects on the horizon, remembering that they will appear upside down. This is a good time to get the accessory finder scope lined up with the main scope, too. When you have become familiar with the low power eyepiece, try a higher power, which will focus at a different point (and be harder to find objects with). Then try it out at night, on a bright, easily found object like the moon.Poor collimation will affect the quality of the image, but any other problem will be due to something else. I suggest that you visit THIS WEBSITE for a beginners guide.
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Having trouble getting a Celestron Nexstar 114 to locate even guide stars? When I get an "alignment success" then pick an object,say m42 it takes off like it's looking for m42 but just keeps going and at the same time the hand controller reads "align again" or "no response"? Any help out there on this one? Thanks...JMR


Have you followed the instructions in the manual? The first thing to do is setup with the time, date and location, then select a 3 or 2 star alignment method to calibrate. Use ONLY the hand controller to move the scope to the stars.
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Fuzzy bright stars with my Celestron CPC 1100 XLT


The image shows that the optics are not centered properly. The secondary may be tilted slightly to the 2 o'clock position. When not centered, a focused star will have an astigmatic shape, and not come to a full focus. Also check the mirror and corrector plate for dewing, that will also affect the views.
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Celestron Nexstar 11 GPS Electrical problem


The Nexstar11GPS group on Yahoo.com.http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/NexStarGPS/files/n11gpselectronics.zip
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I just set up my Powerseeker 114 Telescope. I don't understand what the CD is for? but, when I tried to look at the sky I couldn't? I don't know if I don't have the right Latitude for Rockwall TX?? or if I just don't know what the hell im doing? which probably is the best of the two choices.lol.I love the stars, moon and everything out in outerspace but if I can't figure this out then how can I really appreciate it?? PLEASE, someone help I guess I need someone to help me at least be ableto look out of it.Thanks I'm not sure how I got to this site, so dont know how to get back but my email address is.. littlebit_pouty@hotmail.com. I appreciate anyone who can help a goofy blonde in need.


Would be happy to help you since I live in Rockwall, Texas! :)Our next free star party in Rockwall is on Sunday evening May 24th weather permitting at The Shores park. You can visit our club's web site at www.texasastro.orgLook at the top of the main web site page for a Calendar link-- and look at May 24th for details about the free star party-- bring your telescope and we will help you with it.Joe LalumiaPublic Observing CoordinatorTexas Astronomical Society
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Poor quality Image quality is very poor. Binoculars are OK, but not well fit to the face. Photo of a bird was so bad it was impossible to identify the image, although the binocular view was reasonable. The 10 power size is a bit too much for these small binoculars and 7 power would be more reasonable. Overall this camera/binocular is not worth owning. Help! I have a Vivitar Digital 10/25 Camera Binocular (not listed as a Magnacam). I've tried all possible variables using the operation manual and can't get a decent picture to come out. This was a Christmas gift and I'm unable to return it to a store. I would not buy it if I were looking to do so as I can't figure out how to get a decent picture. I was so looking forward to using it when we got it for Christmas...it's just what we needed...I'm very disappointed with this item. Would love some help with this issue!!!


My response to these always makes me sad. There is no way of getting good picture. These camera binoculars are neither good cameras or binoculars. They do neither well. The camera is just attached to the binoculars. What you see through the binoculars is not what the camera sees. The binoculars magnification is not the same as the lens in the camera. It is like holding a camera on top of a pair of binoculars. The camera will take a picture in the area approximate to where you are looking. Digital cameras have a sensor. The more megapixels the larger the sensor should be. Camera makers are now making compact cameras with huge megapixel capacity without increasing the sensor size. The result is worse looking pictures. Not much is different with the cameras attached to binoculars only the sensors are much worse quality than those on a stand alone digital camera. Maybe not the solution you wanted buts its the truth. If you do want to take bird photos your best bet is a pair of binoculars on a tripod with a digital camera adaptor and camera attached. The camera adaptors that are made in China are not expensive and are copies of some of the high priced units out there. all the adaptor is is a bracket which attaches to a tripod which holds the camera to one of the binocular lenses. That way you see what the camera sees through the binoculars.
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Need info about my used celestron


Go to celestron.com or telescopes.com they will tell you what you have and how to buy what you need. 8" will let you see some really awesome objects
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Help My wife has the Bushnell 3 reflector telescpe. We have it together but when we look through it we only see the outside edge of what we are looking at. The center seems to be blocked. Can you help? Thanks, John


You are not in focus--- during the day try to focus on a distant object at least 100 yards away-- using the lowest magnification eyepiece, this is the one with the largest number written on it. DO NOT use the barlow which multiplies the magnification by 2 times!
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