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7 year old needs first timer help!

Postby Marie.Simpson.140329 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:54 am

Hello all! Sorry if this has already been posted.
I recently bought a telescope for my 7yr old son, however, we are total newbies and have no clue how to set up to view specific things. For example, I get emails regarding when the iss can be seen, with info on where and when to look. How do I set the telescope up correctly with the Information given?
Sorry if this is a totally silly question but we are total beginners!

Thank you in advance!
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Re: 7 year old needs first timer help!

Postby voyager » Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:39 am

The ISS moves too quickly to be tracked manually by a telescope - it is best viewed with your eyes or binoculars. Tell us the type or brand of telescope you have, then we can help you with set-up instructions for general viewing.
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Re: 7 year old needs first timer help!

Postby david48 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:23 pm

Marie, it's good to hear that you've bought a telescope for your son. By doing that, you may have given him the starting-point for a life-long interest in astronomy.

As regards the International Space Station, this is not an easy object to view. It's only visible for short periods, and moves fast across the sky. Which makes it a difficult subject for telescopic observation, without sophisticated tracking equipment. Even with such equipment, the ISS won't look much more than a starry point. Unless you have a big telescope, say 6-inches or more.

So, the ISS is probably best spotted with the naked-eye, or binoculars - as voyager advises in post #2.

For general viewing of the night-sky - even a small telescope, such as a 60mm refractor, will provide fascinating views of the Moon and planets, and get your son started on astronomy, if he's interested and wants to take it further.
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Re: 7 year old needs first timer help!

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:46 pm

Can you check the model and post a photo of it, please?
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