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Mark Thompson solves your observing conundrums
Newcomers to astronomy are at some point likely to make that all-important purchase and buy a telescope. There are loads of models to choose from and the decision can be a daunting one. Seeking the advice of members of your local astronomy club or society is a wise one because they will have a wealth of experience and even equipment you could look at and maybe even try before you buy.
Whether you choose a reflecting telescope that uses mirrors to focus incoming starlight or a refractor that employs lenses, getting to this stage means you are well on the way to some incredible views of the night sky. Settling on a telescope and buying it is one thing, but setting it up and using it can present you with a whole world of problems that to the newcomer can be frustrating and even extinguish the spark of enthusiasm you once felt for the beauty of the night sky.
Don’t worry – you’re not alone. It is fair to say that anyone new to astronomy has more than likely experienced the trials and tribulations that you are facing. Being an amateur astronomer for nearly 30 years, I have seen and experienced most problems. I have captured some of the most common problems in this article and share with you pointers and possible solutions to get you going again.