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How To Actually Use That Damn Telescope!



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hey what's up guys this is gonna be a

little bit different video I'm gonna be

talking about telescopes the last five

six days I spent pretty frustrated just

learning how to use this damn thing and

I knew it'd be a little difficult and I

went into it you know knowing that it

wasn't gonna be the easiest thing yeah

it's been pretty fun and I really wish

that a video that the video I'm making

now would have existed and I would have

found it six days ago because it would

have you know it would have helped me

out a lot so that's the goal of this

video is just kind of for first-time

users actually setting it up and using

it all in one video everything I'm

telling you you can find over the course

of several videos and a lot of articles

and it can be quite frustrating but the

thing is is it's gonna take some

practice to learn how to use this it's

it's a skill it's gonna take some time

you're not gonna be able to just set it

up run outside and aim it up and all

sensi glorious nebulas and the rings

around Saturn and it's gonna take some

time to really learn how to use it so

know that and if you accept that then

you can have a lot of fun with it

there's five things you really need to

know and you'll probably come across all

five of those things in separate videos

and I'm really hoping to cram them all

into one you gotta get your finder scope

which is this guy here it has to be

aligned my first night out it wasn't

aligned and it was just frustrating

essentially it's very intuitive you're

gonna want to do this in the daylight

it's the easiest and you're gonna want

to aim it at something that's solid and

attached to the earth so don't do this

with a star because they are moving

through the sky and you're gonna want to

do it something that's about a half a

mile or more away usually people say

that find a catchy top or a flagpole and

essentially you're just gonna get that

particular object lined up in your

finder scope Center dead center in the

finder scope and dead center in your

eyepiece and use like a low powered

eyepiece of course once you get that

lined up they're both lined up Center

then it's

it's set up properly now what do you

need to do is get it centered in your

eyepiece and then go to your finder

scope the screws that are holding it in

place can be loosened and tightened in a

way that can aim it in different

directions it's not very easy to do and

it takes a little time and it's a little

frustrating but once you get them lined

up it's gonna make everything a thousand

times easier so do that in the daylight

before it gets dark you don't have to be

balanced you don't have to be polar

aligned those are all things we're gonna

get into so speaking of all those things

the five things need to know is align

your finder scope which is a big one

ensure that your tripod is level we're

going a little bit more detail about

that make sure that your telescope is

balanced know how to pull or align your

telescope and then don't touch your

telescope so we're gonna get it all five

of those things hopefully as quickly as

possible when we get out to where we're

gonna set up where we're gonna use the

telescope we need to do these next four

steps every time our tripod needs to be

level okay and then you're gonna have to

take this heavy bastard off on this

telescope you loosen this bottom bolt

and you lift the Beast off the only way

I've found that it's really useful for

balancing this there are some videos

that show you some clever ways to do it

the only way I found is a good old level

the level on my phone doesn't work very

well you set it on there

and you adjust the legs of the tripod

until it's level in all directions it's

really important or the polar alignment

and everything won't work properly

alright we've leveled the tripod the

second thing we need to do is we need to

balance the telescope so what that means

is if we loosen these clutches this

riotous sanction clutch and this

declination which those works but I

don't mean anything

you they didn't to me five days ago but

anyway essentially loosen everything so

that the telescope can move freely and

once we're polar aligned that's the only

way we'll move the telescope on those

two axes we will not move the the tripod

around to aim it where we want you don't

do that okay first thing we're gonna do

is we're gonna use this counterweight to

balance the tripod and as you can see it

can move moves this way in this way

we're just gonna lock the declination

and we're just going to mess up the

right ascension it only moves this

direction essentially no matter where I

put it we don't want it to move so with

it loose I can put it in any spot and it

stays level now if I were to put it in a

spot and I started twisting this way I

would move my weight up and down the

shaft to level it I say level I mean

balance all right so let's put this way

up here if we do this you can see if I

let go the tube wants to drop so we know

that we need to bring this weight down

I'm down here still not quite enough so

essentially you want to get it in a spot

where no matter where you put it it's

gonna stay level and you see right there

not super great so drop it down a little

bit more and we're looking pretty level

so we've leveled the right ascension

axis we're going to twist it on a 90

degree angle and we're gonna balance the

declination axis which is this one here

and we're just gonna do the same thing

just twist it and if it were rolling one

way or another we would loosen

these clamps and we would physically

slide the tube up and down until it just

was balanced as well and just stayed

where we stayed where we put it so we've

aligned our finer scope we've leveled

the tripod we've balanced both axes of

the telescope we're getting really close

to actually being able to use the dang

thing in order to track the stars as

they move across the night sky you're

going to constantly be moving the

telescope you'll have these slow motion

controls and I only have one down here

but essentially you hook these up but

one will go here or it can go on this

side and the other one can go here

they're extremely useful once you get

locked in on a target you're gonna use

these slow motion controls to track the

star or the object through the sky and

with this equatorial mount which I

should have mentioned at the beginning

this is all pertaining to an equatorial

mount which is this type of mount the

way the equatorial mount is designed is

once you get polar aligned and set up

and locked in on a target to follow that

targets curve across the sky all you're

gonna have to do is twist the right

ascension slow motion control cable

which will be hooked up over here and

you just slowly turn that and it will

just track the star it'll track it in

the proper orientation as well the last

thing we need to talk about is getting

polar aligned so let's get polar aligned

we've leveled we've balanced our finer

scope is working we need to get polar

aligned the telescope as we loosen this

bolt here can rotate this way now

remember I told you when we're looking

at frog

nice sky we're only gonna be rotating

along these two axes so this is gonna be

locked in once we get polar aligned

we're gonna get this aiming directly

north right at the North Star Polaris

and we're going to get in the right

ballpark if you look at this dial here

it's got zero to 90 degrees set that at

your longitude so search I'm in Salt

Lake City so search Salt Lake City

longitude and it will give you the

degrees I meant around 40 degrees so if

I loosen this guy and then adjust this

guy it changes where I'm set and I

essentially want to set that to about 40

degrees we're gonna change that to get

lined up with the star that's gonna get

us on the right spot so if you aim this

guy north and you set this it the

longitude of your location you're gonna

be pretty much aimed right at the North

Star already now we're gonna go into our

finder scope and we're gonna look down

and we're gonna get the North Star

directly in the crosshairs but we're not

gonna just any of the slow-motion

controls or any of this stuff that's

none of that is gonna be adjusted this

is all set and centered and locked

that's how we normally move throughout

this guy but not what we're getting

portal in we're gonna adjust by rotating

here and adjusting how much we're

looking up and down here so we're gonna

find out we're gonna look at the North

Star and we're gonna realize oh we're a

little high so I'm gonna make this

adjustment here we're gonna go up and

down here and we're not gonna twist this

that way and we're gonna move this back

and forth and tell her right lined up

with the North Star and a look at our

eyepiece and we're

it'll perfectly line up at the North

Star then we're gonna lock this down

we're gonna lock this down and we're

pulling a line and we don't touch those

adjustments ever again until after we've

set up in a new location leave the

tripod there you'll be amazed at how

little how many of the videos you see

about polar alignment don't mention that

you can't touch anything after that cuz

I got polar align my first time and then

I wanted to aim it something behind me

and I loosened this guy up and swung it

around to aim at the things object

behind me you can't do that

it seems easy enough but you can't you

got to keep that locked and keep this

guy locked once you're in polar

alignment so now we're level our finder

scopes tuned we're balanced and we're

polar aligned and now we can finally use

the telescope so let's say we're locked

pull our line we're gonna loosen our

declination clutch and our right

ascension and we're gonna move remember

it should stay wherever we put it

because it's balanced now we only have

this axis here and this axis here so

it's kind of hard to get it exactly

where you want it but if you're clever

enough you'll get there you can pair it

in this way you can come around here and

theoretically we should be able to aim

him wherever we want now you can see

that way over here it'd be really hard

to look in this eyepiece so we can

loosen these two clamps and rotate our

entire tube to get things where they

need to be just remember that might get

a little out of balance you have to

rebalance it back up so that's how you

look around

you're set up you're not gonna move that

tripod you're not gonna gonna change

your angle you're not gonna move

anything except for these and then once

you find it and you get locked in on the

object all you're gonna have to do to

track that object through the sky is

adjust your right ascension knob so

you'll be watching it and you'll just be

slowly turning that right ascension slow

motion control which looks just like

this but would be hooked up on the right

side and it's gonna track the motion of

that star through the sky and once you

get it set up it's pretty cool it seems

like a lot it seems like a pain in the

ass and it kind of is but it's really

cool once it works I was gonna go into

these setting circles a little bit but I

don't have a goddamn clue how they work

I've watched a few videos and none of

them really make sense

supposedly they help you find objects in

the sky but I don't really know how to

set them up I thought I did

I thought one sized polar aligned I put

this guy on zero and then I would be

able to find objects in the sky it

hasn't been working out so maybe I'll

get back to you on that I really hope

this video didn't make you more confused

it's really designed to just say hey

these are the five main things you got

to do for this to work and if you do I'm

gonna work if you want more information

on how to do it more precisely there's

lots of videos and you can go to those

five things but even if somebody would

have just told me hey make sure you know

how to do these five things before you

go out that would have been nice some

kind of direction but it's been about

five six nights and I'm finally getting

it to the point where I can start

tracking some stuff so I might stay up

all night to try and see Jupiter it's

supposed to come up tonight so thanks

for watching if I really get into this

hobby I'm sure there will be more videos

to come have a good one