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Could someone explain what is wrong with my telescope, and what should I be able to see with it?

Welcome to the wonderful world of visual astronomy! The first thing I would like to point out is that, when you are talking about “zooming in,” you’re actually adjusting focus—placing the eyepiece ...
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Could someone explain what is wrong with my telescope, and what should I be able to see with it?

I suggest you take your scope out during the day and look at the most distant object on land (or sea) that you can see: a building, tower, or tree. Start with the 25 mm eyepiece and turn the focus ...
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Eyepiece diameter for small focal length planetary viewing on a large dobsonian?

I would recommend a quality 1¼" 9 mm or 12 mm eyepiece as the optimal solution. You already have a 19 mm so something close to that such as 15 mm would bring small difference, so take a step or two ...
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Could someone explain what is wrong with my telescope, and what should I be able to see with it?

Even if your telescope is correctly set up, its short focal length of 650mm is not ideal for observing details of the moon and planets. You should get one or two more eyepieces with a shorter focal ...
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Trying to use Canon 60D DSLR with Skywatcher 130P. Can't focus image

As you suspected, the problem is probably that, as with most Newtonian telescopes, the image plane is too close to the outside of the tube, so you can't physically get your camera sensor close enough ...
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How could a hobbyist astronomer determine apparent magnitude of a star?

There is a difficulty with measuring magnitude: the atmosphere! It is sometimes clear sometimes hazy and it can be very hard to know just how much light is being lost to a high layer of thin ...
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Eyepiece diameter for small focal length planetary viewing on a large dobsonian?

The only optical benefit from 2" eyepieces is that they allow for a wider field of view at low magnifications, since you can fit more of the image formed by the scope into a 2" barrel than you can ...
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Eyepiece diameter for small focal length planetary viewing on a large dobsonian?

Magnification is always a tricky subject. A lot of people don't understand it or its limits. As you already seem to know, the magnification factor is calculated by dividing the focal length of the ...
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Improving portability of truss Newtonian

I have two options, but the experts might not like them. The first is to replace the carbon fiber poles with telescopic tubing similar to that used for camera tripods, but maybe a bit more robust. The ...
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Hoping to do some viewing and astrophotography with a large-ish Dobsonian and a DLSR, is this scheme workable?

Yes it's workable, but it's not for everyone. I think that you, personally (given the knowledge and experience that you demonstrate on this site), with your expectations appropriately tempered, will ...
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Dobsonian telescopes: do collapsible scopes have any drawbacks?

I agree with Aaron F about storage space, but transport space is different; a non-collapsible tube wouldn’t fit in my car, while my 10″ collapsible-tube telescope fits nicely in the trunk and could ...
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Practicality of Dobsonian telescopes

Cost effectiveness? That also means you get what you pay for. When you compare a Dob to a similar sized Goto telescope the Goto cost seems to be extremely high. When you compare the versatility of the ...
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Practicality of Dobsonian telescopes

You are correct that a traditional dob will require frequent manual intervention to stop objects drifting out of view. There are 2 main to deal with this: keep to low magnification and use a wide ...
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"Ideal" primary thickness in a Dobson

If you're buying the instrument, as opposed to making it from scratch, my advice is to worry about the overall quality, as opposed to a single parameter such as mirror thickness. It boils down to ...
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What are criteria to compare and evaluate different 12 inch truss Dobsonian telescopes?

The cooldown fan is purely to speed getting the primary mirror to the local ambient temperature. It is not used - and should not be left on during observation, as it'll undoubtedly be a vibration ...
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How to chose a comfortable 2 inch eyepiece for a Skywatcher Dobsonian 150 mm f/8 reflector?

Short version: The reason that 2" eyepieces will offer more comfortable views is because they are lower powers and therefore have larger exit pupils. Long version: In a telescope, the objective ...
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How to adapt small Dobsonian to use with a tripod?

First, a tripod won't help you point to a particular location in the sky. For that you would need a correctly-aligned equatorial mount with setting circles, or a mount with digital encoders (you can ...
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Laser Collimator For Dobsonian vs Newtonian

A Dob is a Newtonian, so yes it will work. Strictly speaking the Dob bit is the mount, but it's nearly always a newtonian that's mounted.
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