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One super-simple setup trick for telescopes

The easiest way to find night sky objects

Hunting down your first deep sky object

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Video 1:  One Super-Simple Setup Trick

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40 Comments
Russell Burton January 19, 2022
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Hi Adam, great video looking forward to the next one. I have an orion spaceprobe 130st EQ. Great job your doing keep it up 👍👍
Barry Mullord January 10, 2022
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Hi Adam, my Xmas pressy a Vivitar model 76700. S/h. Unfortunately the eye piece doesn't work at all, the eye piece doesn't shed any light whatsoever, no matter what I do. Apparently spares are unavailble for this model. I'm informed this is the basic scope. A new similar model Vivitar is  available for under £30.00 (£29. Something) I'm a first time novice. Your advice 🙏  thank you 
Andy Hurst January 1, 2022
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Hi Adam...thank you so much for making these videos! I have watched so many others and they haven't helped at all! I see you're from Nottingham, I live in East Leake and have a celestron 127EQ powerseeker. Will I be able to see much with this? I have tried a few nights but struggled to see anything really. It was my sons Christmas present and I am desperate for him to see something special with it!  Many thanks! Andy 
Fernando Scherer December 28, 2021
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Pretty cool! Most people from the north hemisphere would just say to align with Polaris, but it's harder to align in the Southern Hemisphere, that makes a lot of people quit observing from lack of information. Good job!
Bob Lucas November 16, 2021
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Hi Adam.  My scope (Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ) will be here at the end of the week.  I appreciate your efforts to educate us green horns.  Nice to hear a vioce from "home," my parents were both Londoners.  Thanks again for your time and passion. 
Will November 14, 2021
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Hi I am new to astronomy and I am wondering how you set the elevation feature on a German Equitorial Mount. I've seen a few sites that say it needs to be set up in order for the telescope to be properly calibrated. Unfortunately this is where every resource I've found that covers the topic ends. Theres no explanation or conversion graphs that explain how one goes about doing this. Any info that can point me in the right direction (so I can point my telescope in the right direction) would be most helpful. Thanks!
John Hire November 12, 2021
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Hi Adam, is it necessary to carry out this alignment every time I use my Nexstar5 SE Thanks
Jack November 8, 2021
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Hi Adam! My wife and I are complete novices when it comes to astronomy. On our first night, we fumbled our way around and were able to see Jupiter and Saturn, and of course almost blinded ourselves by trying to view a bright full moon. Since that night, we have been looking for a site to help us with the basics. We've found that in your videos! Your approach is perfect in helping to explain some of the very basics which need to be mastered to help maximize the experience. Thank you from both of us! We are looking forward to the next video!
Malcolm Robinson October 6, 2021
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Hi Adam - looking forward to follow-on lessons , I am a new starter to Astonomy , so far I have been observing Jupiter and Saturn during Aug and Sept via a SkyWattcher 90mm scope and zoom eyepiece. Whilst this was quite mind-blowing in some aspects, it was a little underwhelming in others - a small, white object which did not look much like the images I have seen all my life. I'd love to know how to get my viewfinder image closer to expectations.....unless mine are unrealistic ! 
Morris Feigel October 6, 2021
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I wear contact lenses and have a difficult time looking through the eyepiece. Do you have a suggestion(s) on connecting an iPhone or a MacBook to easily see what the telescope is seeing?
Darrell Rogers October 6, 2021
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Thanks Adam: I'm relatively new to astronomy & purchased my first scope 1.5 years ago.  I wanted to let you know what a great  resource  your articles  & videos are.
Doris McGuire October 5, 2021
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Thank you, Adam. Very informative. I'm looking forward to the next video :)
Richard October 5, 2021
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Thanks Adam. I'm a rank beginner at this stuff and your materials already have brought my wife along rather nicely. You write and speak in terms I can follow, and you avoid the geek-speak so common to technical enterprises like astronomy. Honestly, I don't mind the technical stuff, but much of it can wait until I can reliably find the moon, Jupiter and Saturn (what an Aha! moment that was...). Richard (In Texas)
Nick October 5, 2021
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Hey Adam! I just wanted to say a big thanks for your emails I really look forward to them and keeps me motivated. Thanks for the free video it was great to meet the man behind the emails and I am looking forward to the next one. Now off I go to download some software.
MickyD October 5, 2021
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Whats stopping me using my telescope????....   Currently 20mph winds, rain and a naggin' missus that thinks my time would be better spent sitting with her!!! :-) Such a shame since only twice since I have owned it (around 2 months) have I had the luxury to come home from work and see the Orion nebula with the naked eye and even through a relatively short 10 second exposure photo found colours so vivid as to look more like the touched up and processed images seen all over the web!
Greg October 5, 2021
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Thank you Adam - I appreciate you willingness to help us who are just starting up to be able to get the most from our equipment
Rashmi Shanker October 5, 2021
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Thanks Adam. Your video is really good. It takes the fear and difficulty factor out of astronomy, so one can enjoy observing the stars. Thanks again. Looking forward to your next video. 
Fernando October 5, 2021
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Just want to thank you for you effort and time. Greetings from Valencia Fernando
Adam Kirk September 28, 2021
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Let me know what problems you're having with your astronomy and I'll do my best to help!

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