- a telescope is only as good as it's mount! Due to vibration, high magnification makes
objects bump around, and by the time the mount has completely
the object has started moving out of the field of view. To stable a mount, a weight can be
attached via a wire or a chain, hanging from the center
of the tripod.
- weight can also be added to the telescope (optical tube) to make it more stable, but
the telescope must remain balanced from end to end.
- making sure the telescope is balanced accurately will help stop the field of view from
moving directly after letting go of the telescope in a new
position. If you have slow motion
controls, they will work more effectively and easily after the telescope is balanced accurately.
- a lot of finderscopes have an aperture stop restricting the light allowed through the small
scope. This can be removed for looking at dimmer images.
Don't drop the lens while
unscrewing the front end!
- the use of better and larger eyepieces has a big effect on resolution and field of view.
- the accessories which are placed between a telescope and it's eyepiece eg. Barlow
or diagonal etc., dim the image slightly.
- for the mount, using it lower and fixed in one position (but still comfortable) with all the
bolts tightend will ensure more sturdiness. Hard surfaces
are always better than soft,
and rubber feet stop the vibration.
- always start with the lowest magnification eyepiece, center the object, then change
to higher magnification. This will give a wider field of view to
search for the object and
won't exceed the maximum magnification allowable for that night. It's best to build up