One super-simple setup trick for telescopes

The easiest way to find night sky objects

Hunting down your first deep sky object

Video 1:  One Super-Simple Setup Trick

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What is stopping you from using your telescope?

Terry Stearns November 24, 2022

I have a Celestron 6SE and have been looking at Jupiter and can see 4 of its moons its very cold here at night like -8c so I don’t stay out long. I’m going to get a camera for my scope so I can stay in my house a see it from inside home. Thanks for the video look forward to more.

Anthony February 3, 2022

I have just bought a Celestron 4SE, and still learning, so looking forward to the videos 

Julia February 1, 2022

Hi Adam really needed help with collocation. This info and video is fantastic. Thank you.

Russell Burton January 19, 2022

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

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

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!

Fernando Scherer December 28, 2021

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

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

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

Hi Adam, is it necessary to carry out this alignment every time I use my Nexstar5 SE Thanks

Jack November 8, 2021

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

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

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

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

Thank you, Adam. Very informative. I’m looking forward to the next video 🙂

Richard October 5, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Just want to thank you for you effort and time.
Greetings from Valencia

Adam Kirk September 28, 2021

Let me know what problems you’re having with your astronomy and I’ll do my best to help!