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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

How to see more stunning telescope views 

Video 2:  Easiest Way to Find Objects

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What is stopping you from using your telescope?

13 Comments
Tony Stuckless October 9, 2021
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Thanks Adam. I am using my Samsung phone and tablet as aids so I have Stellarium Mobile free version. I made the adjustments based on the app. I see this program will be useful. I like that it will take my phone to where what I want to see is. For me I have struggled with my finder scopes magnification in that what it shows me is not the same as the night sky give the finder magnifies the sky. It leaves me unsure if the star in the finder is the one I see without the finder. Also the finder uses a 90 degree eyepiece adding to the issue. I just got a red dot finder and tried to use it once but it kept fogging up. I hear that Dawn detergent can help with that so I plan to try that too. At the same time I received a finder cell phone holder from Star-Pal on Ali Express and I tried that with the SkEye free app but that app is eratic at times. Hopefully Stellarium will work better. I am using an Orion 8" dobsinian for viewing so that should be good once I get the finder issue out of the way.  
Terry October 7, 2021
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Thank you for a very well-paced, interactive tutorial on Stellarium.  I found it to be of immense value in helping me navigate my way through this piece of software.  Submit
James Reese October 7, 2021
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Hi Adam!  I just retired last year and I decided to finally get serious about astronomy. I received a large medical settlement and bought a big-ass Celestron 11" Edge on a GEM. It's intimidating (alignment) and complicated (I don't know Stellarium yet). Jim
Rashmi Shanker October 7, 2021
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Hello Adam, I am struggling with moving the sky up and down on my Mac. Using the up and down arrows is not helping. I have no problem moving it horizontally all 360 degrees along the latitude using the arrows. But am having trouble with the vertical movement. Any suggestions?  Am using the Stellarium software. 
Doug Huie October 6, 2021
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Adam, that was a pretty cool video. I have had Stellarium on my desktop for a few years now and did not know how to adjust the settings like you explained in this video. Just bought a new telescope, the  Celestron NexStar 102, and looking forward to a little more stargazing  with help from Stellarium. Really enjoyed this video and was very informative.
Adam Kirk September 28, 2021
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Let me know what probelms you're having with astronomy and I'll do my best to help!

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