We often get questions from fans who have a telescope in the closet and
aren't sure how to use it. We had good luck in San Francisco offering a
"New Telescope Owner's Clinic" before their monthly city star party.
I'd like to do that in Monrovia this Saturday.
The best time to get acquainted with your telescope is during the day.
We can help set it up, align the finder, and collimate a dobsonian. We
can help you learn how to find objects, choose an eyepiece, and practice
observing things before it actually gets dark.
What we can't do is align a computerized telescope based on alignment
with bright stars.
If you are interested in doing this, please send me a reply to this
email, and plan to join me in Library Park at Myrtle and Lime at 6:00 on
Saturday. Bring your telescope and any supplies, along with an owner's
manual if you have one. We'll be able to observe the moon even during
I'll bring a tool box and maybe a solar telescope.
If I don't hear from you, I won't make plans to be there 'til about
Old Town Astronomers: http://www.otastro.org