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See something in the telescope

If you want to see something(for you newcomers to telescopes),try in the daylight first. If everything goes well, the try it at night on some thing bright(the moon).If it still works,then you are good to go.

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1. During the daylight point the telescope towards an object (water tower, building ) something about 1/2 mile away.
2. Locate the object in your finder.
3. Use the 12.5mm lens (50x) and look through the telescope. Do not use the erect prism
4. Align the finder to what you see in the scope.
5. You can use the 4mm to fine adjust the finder.
6. On a good, clear night.Leave the scope out to reach thermal equilibrium ( about a hour) Point the finder towards the moon
7. Use the 12.5mm and then focus on the moon.

Note: This is NOT a quality scope. Avoid any scope with .965 eyepieces and silly magnifications! Max power on this scope on a PERFECT night is 200x and Huygens (H12.5) eyepieces give very narrow and poor viewing. Do not use the 3x barlow or the erecting prism. the erecting prism is for terrestrial viewing only and the barlow, although it increases the eyepiece by 3x, will also narrow the view.
Good Luck!

Dec 05, 2011 | Rokinon 62550 Telescope

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We got a Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ for Christmas and we are new to the Astronomy world (always wanted to get into it, but haven't until now). We are having a hard time understanding how to collimate the scope and we need a video or something to take us through step by step, Also don't know if we installed the motor right, it looks like it is where it should go, but turning it on we are not sure if it is working right. Like I said we are new to this and want to learn more so that we too can enjoy the wonders of the stars, planets and all that we can see. HELP US Please.


I don't know why you are trying to collimate the scope. This is a complicated procedure and is probably not the first thing a newcomer should be doing. If it is a new scope, the collimation ought to be OK anyway. Are you having trouble with coma? If you don't know, or don't know what that is, then collimation is probably not the problem.

If the problem is that you are not able to see what you expect in the telescope, then that is likely to be something other than the collimation being out. New telescope users are taken by surprise at the difficulty of just pointing the telescope in the right direction to see anything. The field of view is quite limited, especially if you are using a high power eyepiece. The higher the power of eyepiece on a telescope, the dimmer the image, the more difficult to aim it at any chosen object, and the more difficult to focus. When the scope is not focussed, even if there are stars in the field of view, they will only be faint blurs.

I suggest that you try the telescope first in daylight (NOT pointed at or near the Sun), using the least powerful eyepiece (the one with the largest number). Try it on objects on the horizon, remembering that they will appear upside down. This is a good time to get the accessory finder scope lined up with the main scope, too. When you have become familiar with the low power eyepiece, try a higher power, which will focus at a different point (and be harder to find objects with). Then try it out at night, on a bright, easily found object like the moon.

Poor collimation will affect the quality of the image, but any other problem will be due to something else. I suggest that you visit THIS WEBSITE for a beginners guide.

Jan 17, 2011 | Celestron NexStar 130SLT (31145) (306 x...

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when I look through the telescope all I see is black. I can look through the finderscope and see things. But I can't seem to see anything but black from the telescope. edu science 102mm Astro-Nova telescop 525


Basics first - please don't get angry at the suggestions ......

1) On the main telescope, can you see the actual glass lenses at both ends of it (i.e. you've removed both of the lens caps).

2) If you remove the eyepiece (in broad daylight), can you hold it up to an indoor light and see clearly through it?

3) If you now look into the socket where the eyepiece goes, can you see any form of light (in daylight) or is it totally black?

A lot of smaller telescopes have caps both ends, and sometimes caps both ends of both parts, to stop debris getting in when in transit or swapping objectives.

Feb 28, 2010 | Edu-Science (10166) Telescope

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We've just bought a 6'' Newtonian reflector and just can't see anything through it. We can see a vague ghostly disc during daylight, but at night it's totally blank. Is there something really basic we're missing out?


DO NOT use the 2x barlow if you have one. Inset the eyepiece with the largest number written on it and go outside during the daytime and practice focusing on a distant object.

If there is a local Astronomy club try to get one of the members to help you with the telescope. It could also be way out of collimation.

See this web site video:

http://www.andysshotglass.com/Collimating.html

Nov 15, 2009 | Optics

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daylight / night focusing problem meade


First read the manual-- cover to cover:
http://www.meade.com/manuals/TelescopeManuals/Reflectors/DS2000%20manual.pdf

Then during the daytime-- put the lowest magnification eyepiece you have into the telescope(it's the one with the largest number written on it)-- and practice focusing on a distant object at least 100 yards away.

You have a GOTO scope but you must follow the alignment procedure in the manual for the scope -- or it will NOT find anything. The moon should be your first target at night--

Also suggest that you contact a local Astronomy club and attend their star parties-- they will be happy to help you learn how to use the telescope.

Jan 02, 2009 | Meade DS-2114 ATS (325 x 114mm) Telescope

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