Using finder scopes
Posted by SWA Pilot
on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:34 AM
I bought my first telescope, a Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ, the other day. My question is, how do I use the included red-dot finder scope better? Last night I tried my best to get the dot over M42 in orion. Everytime I thought I had it I would look through the lens and nothing. I finally found M42 by shear luck, and the view was amazing. To me the dot just seems so large compared to the object that I am trying to place it over, and if my eye isn't perfectly aligned there are two red dots. I know part of the problem is experience or, in my case, lack there of. The other part of the problem is I am use to binoculars with fields of view of 4.7 and 6.8 degrees and need to get used to a telescope with a field of view of around 1 degree. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Well boys, we got three engines out, we got more holes in us than a horse trader's mule, the radio is gone and we're leaking fuel and if we was flying any lower why we'd need sleigh bells on this thing...
Canon 10x30mm Image Stabilized, Celestron Cavalry 15x70mm, Oberwerk BT70, Oberwerk 25x100mm Deluxe, and Steiner 10x50mm binoculars
Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ telescope