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Originally posted by nerbot
reply to post by mblahnikluver
NEVER attempt to look at the sun with a telescope unless you have special solar filters fitted.
I'm sure there's plenty of advice out there online. You can even get free astronomy software to help plan your viewing and aid in identification.
Learn about your scope, experiment, record, have fun and share.
Originally posted by wookiee
The big round thing is an erecting prism. Turns the image around 180 degrees so you can see terrestrial objects right-side-up.
Originally posted by Ahmose
Yeah the barlow lenses (the barrel) lol
are really nice to have.
It basically turns each eyepiece into 2 eyepieces.
So say you only had a 25mm eyepiece, and a 9mm ep,
If you have a 2xBarlow,
you now have a 9mm , a 4.5mm, a 25mm, and a 12.5
The 'smaller' the number, the more magnification it is capable of.
[but more is not always better]
I understand the sentimental value of it, for sure!
My first scope was one like that that my mom got for me for xmas one year when I was a kid.
I still have it 25+yrs later.
Even though I never use it anymore, I wont get rid of it. lol
Doesnt sound silly at all.