Pretty new to telescoping - Help on a used telescope!
These are common beginner concerns so you are not alone. First, leave the barlow in the box, for now and just use the eyepieces without the barlow. Using the barlow with the MA9 mm is producing too much magnification - the most common beginner's mistake. As magnification goes up, your telescope is going to be much harder to use in every way. Always Use the MA 25- your low power eyepiece - to locate an object, first, then trying bumping up magnification with the MA 9 after being very careful to center your target in the center of the field of the MA 25 before swapping eyepieces. All this assumes that your finder scope is properly adjusted, too. If not, you will have a devil of a time finding objects with any eyepiece. The easiest way to do that is to first locate a distant object on the horizon in your telescope eyepiece by day and then adjusting the finder scope so that it sees the same object. You can then fine tune as needed at night with the moon.
Here is one of my articles that can help - Telescope FAQs. It can be used with any telescope. Here's another one of my articles that will help on the eyepieces, Telescope Eyepiece Questions One more for tips on observing, A Dozen telescope Observing Tips for Beginners
Let us know how it goes and welcome to the forum.
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