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I buy new tesco telescope 40-114675 but i am very surprise there is one black x-ray tpe thing front of telescope do we need to move that because we cant seee any thing

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That is the 'Sun' filter.
You will need to remove that for normal viewing.
Also be aware, that looking directly at the sun through the telescope, could pemanently damage your vision.
If you want to observe the sun, look to the side of it.
You can also buy a filter, for viewing the moon.
Happy stargazing ;)
& don't forget a nice thumbs up rating for me. Thankyou ;)

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Telescope Accessories

So you bought your first telescope and want to spend some more of your money on useful accessories. Here is a list of things to buy first.

This TIP will be about telescope ACCESSORIES; or tell me again what extra STUFF do I need to buy!

Dew Shield
One of your first purchases if you own a scope like my LX90 will be a Dew Shield. These can be made for almost nothing by using black poster-board and some stick on Velcro. Roll up the poster board into a tube around the front of the telescope, and trim it leaving about 1inch overlapping. Apply stick on Velcro to the two leading edge and place this "tube" over the end of the telescope.
The dew shield does two things. First it helps keep the dew off of the glass at the front of the telescope; plus it prevents light entry from the sides increasing contrast. You can purchase these for about $30 which is what I did with my LX90 and ETX90 telescopes.
Picture below- You can see the dew shields stuck on the front of both telescopes.

Red Flash Light
Either purchase a flashlight with a red lens, or buy a roll of red taillight repair tape at an auto supply store. Place two or three layers of the red tape over the white light flashlight and trim off the excess. WHY?For the same reason that submarines use red interior lights at night.Red light does not affect your night vision. If you show up at a star party with a regular white light flashlight your Astronomy buddies will probably SHOOT YOU! smiley-laughing.gif

A Good Star Chart- or Field Manual
Just like a road map for finding your way around a large city, a star chart is a map of the sky and will help you find thousands of objects to look at with your new telescope. Here are several good star charts- and field manuals:

A Small Table
You should buy a small easy to carry table to setup and use to hold the star charts that you just bought. Wal Mart sells a small fold-up lightweight table for about $20. Here is another one:

An Observing Chair
You +mean I cannot just STAND-UP! Well you can but after several hours of standing and bending over you will wish you had an adjustable height chair. Here are several very good observing chairs:
And here is one you can make if you are handy with common tools: The Denver Chair- also a review of other types of observing chairs:

Certain types of telescopes will need a diagonal. Just buy a dielectric coated 1.25 inch diagonal. The coating reflects 99% of the light and it's very durable:

Balance Weights
If you have a tracking style telescope or an equatorial mount the scope will need to be BALANCED in both axis. An unbalanced scope will not track the sky properly, and can wear out the internal gears or place excessive stress on the gears.

These are available from a variety of internet Astronomy shops. Mine came from right here in Texas. If you look at the Dew Shield picture above, you can see two weights hanging below the large LX90 telescope. The weights are mounted on a RAIL so they can be moved forward or backward to balance the scope. Also notice they stick-out away from the telescope in what's called a 3D arrangement. Weights are required for German Equatorial Style telescope mounts. The LX90 in the picture is an alt az mount, and I am balancing the smaller 80mm telescope mounted on the top of the larger tube.
See the picture above under Dew Shield.

12Volt Power Supply
How do you POWER a laptop and cameras and the telescope when you are out in the middle of a FIELD! I own two 12 volt power packs JUST IN CASE!
They come in various AMP HOUR ratings. Buy the most powerful one you can afford. You can also use one of those "car Starter" power packs that Wal Mart sells. Make sure it has at least two 12 volt cigarette lighter style plug-in receptacles.

A Planetarium Program for your computer or cell phone:
Here is a good free one for your computer. Several Iphone applications are available at the Iphone store.

OK,I probably overwhelmed you so I will stop for right now. Remember you don't have to buy these all at one time. But eventually if you stick with the amateur Astronomy hobby, you will own all of the above accessories, along with several telescopes!

You can go to and register for free and READ the telescope forums. Lots of good Astronomy and telescope information on !

Clear Skies!

on Dec 02, 2009 | Optics

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I have a hardin deep space hunter 6 newtonian telescope with a dobsonian mount about 6 years old, the finderscope glass is broken, would like to repair it or replace it .Any ideas ? thanks Ray

You can buy a new finder scope. There are many retailers on-line--

Here is one:

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I have a Meade ETX 60 / 70 AT. When I moved to Louisville a few years ago. The telescope would no longer initiate and could not find my location. I put the telescope away and did nothing with it. It is a...

Most repairs will be MORE than the telescope is worth.

You can buy these used (and working) on from time to time for under $200.

Meade will repair this for about $175. So it makes no sense. The only thing I would try is a new hand controller cable. If it still does not work then you may be able to seell it for parts on

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Hi, the plastic bit snapped off the telescope's diagonal (where you fix the eyepiece), and this, plus the eyepiece is nowhere to be found. It was a childhood telescope I am trying to rescue! (a Bushnell...

You can certainly buy both eyepiece(s) and a diagonal, but you may find the price rather high compared with the value of the telescope. You probably don't actually need the diagonal- if you remove the broken one you should find that it is possible to insert an eyepiece directly in the hole it comes out of. The diagonal is useful for two things, it partially erects the image (astronomical telescopes usually display the image inverted), and it provides a more convenient viewing angle.

I am assuming the the eyepiece size is 1.25 inch outside diameter- the standard for small telescopes. Some earlier scopes might require an eyepiece just under an inch in diameter. These will be much harder to find now.

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Dear sir / mam tasco telescope works in day or

My advice is NOT to buy a Tasco telescope. These are called "department store" telescopes and their quality is not very good.

Instead buy from a regular on-line telescope shop. Here are two:

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Ds-2130at base is no go

I understand that the telescope only moves in one direction and NOT up and down-- several things can be wrong.

1. Motor is broken

2. Clutch is broken

3. Gears are not meshing properly

4. Some electronic fault on the internal board

Can you return this scope? If you can do so and get another one. It will need to be disassembled for repair-- Meade may be able to fix it? But just the shipping will be expensive.

If you want a goto scope -- may I suggest a PUSHTO Dobsonian like one of these--

Good luck.

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