re­spect the tele­scopes

All About Space - - Star Parties -

Ev­ery tele­scope at a star party is the pride and joy of the owner. Treat it care­fully. If it’s your first time with a tele­scope, tell the owner that and ask ex­actly what you should do. You may have to re­fo­cus a tele­scope to suit your eye­sight, so ask the owner to show you how to do that. That goes dou­ble for Dob­so­nian tele­scopes, which tend to be rather large and con­se­quently the cen­tre of at­ten­tion at star par­ties. Since they’re man­ual they need repo­si­tion­ing ev­ery few min­utes, so don’t be afraid to tell the owner that you can’t see the galaxy, ne­bula or planet at all. If you want to learn, don’t just ask them to re­po­si­tion it, but ask if they can teach you.

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