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Here are a few points to consider when using the telescope.
  1. Never use a telescope or binoculars to look at the Sun. Even a brief glimpse of the Sun through the telescope can cause irreversible eye damage or permanent blindness, and if the telescope is inadvertently pointed at the Sun it could cause damage to the instrument.
  2. If you are using the telescope in the daytime, keep the lens cap on the finder telescope (to avoid accidents with the Sun).
  3. If there are steps, put some white tape on the edges to help you see the change in level. White tape round the feet of the tripod is a good idea too.
  4. If there is a significant change in level, or pool nearby, put some fencing up (even just poles and a rope) to remind you of the nearby hazard.
  5. We recommend you allow your eyes at least 10 minutes to adjust to the dark conditions needed to use the telescope at night; don’t rush to start observing.
  6. We recommend you use a torch with red light at night (this prevents you losing your night vision). Some shielded lighting (or Moon) helps you move around more safely.
  7. We recommend you work with the telescope in a small group, six or fewer (then it’s easier to remember where everyone else is standing).

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