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Align the Finderscope

I am having a great deal of trouble aligning the finderscope. I need to insert a wad of paper in the back of the sliding bracket to even come close to alignment. HELP

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Most goto scopes must 1st have the tripod level using a bubble level, and some must be TRAINED during the day time on a distant object.

Time, Date, and Site must also be correct. The scope may also have a HOME position.

Usually you need to center TWO or THREE alignment stars before it knows the sky.

Did you do all of this? Read my TIPS on goto scopes on my profile page.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010

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During the daytime point the scope at a distant object like the top of a telephone pole. Without moving the scope adjust the small finder scope crosshairs so they point to the same spot.

Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the diagonal. This is your lowest magnification. Practice focusing on a distant object using this low power eyepiece.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

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Is it possible that something inside a telescope could get jarred out of place or alignment and that is the reason I can't see much thru it ?

If it's a reflector, then you have two mirrors that could get out of alignment, but you probably will still be able to see something unless it's way out of alignment- usually the view will just be blurry or misshapen. Less likely the problem with a refractor unless you dropped it or gave it a serious whack. When you're first trying to find an object, use the LOWEST power eyepiece first, because that gives you the widest field of view and you're more likely to see the object even if your finderscope is a little out of alignment.

When you line up the finderscope, make sure you center a large object in the main telescope FIRST, using the lowest power eyepiece you have (the lower power eyepiece is usually the longer one), then adjust the finderscope so that its crosshairs are right on the object while it is still centered in the main telescope. Use the Moon, or during the day, a roof peak or top of a telephone pole. If you reverse the process, you won't be in alignment. There are lots of other reasons you may not be able to see something, but lining up the finderscope is something you should do at the beginning of every observing session. Try it first during the day so you can see what you're doing.

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Cannot align Finderscope to target object

It can take some time to get this correct. Make sure the mounts to the finderscope are correctly attached. I loosened all the screws and started over a few times. I use it in it landscape mode (so my motor doesn't keep moving) and target a knot on a nearby fence or a neighbors chimney. Once you have something close aligned, you'll likely need to tweek it when you get to things farther away.

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I can't see through the eye piece! The finderscope has been adjusted to view the moon but when I looked through the eye piece I could only see black :( its a tasco galaxsee 45-076280

Align the finder to the main scope during the day before using it at night. Use the lowest power (biggest number) eyepiece first.

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I can.t align my star pointer finderscope that can with my114eq. do you line up the two circals and dots on top of each other to get it align

The finderscope must be aligned with the MAIN tube. During the day time point the scope at a distant object like the very top of a telesphone pole or a distant building.

Get the pole or the building in the center of the eyepiece on the main telescope. LOCK everything down and do not move the scope. Now adjust the finderscope to point at the exact same object.

This will get you roughly aligned.

At night do the sanme thing on a star or the moon-- and you will fine tune the finderscope.

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Hi ive got a galaxsee tasco telescope but im having trouble seeing anything at night, i've took all the caps off lined up on a star but its just pitch black can you help thanks.

1. During the day, point the scope towards an object and align the finder scope to the telescope.
2. First object at night should be the moon. it will verify your finderscope alignment and you should have a clear view of the moon.
3. Use your lowest power eyepiece (largest number in mm) and point the finderscope to a star. The star should be in the center of the eyepiece.. If not, adjust the finder until it and the scope are centered.
4. You can use your higher power lens on the star nd it should still be in the FOV (field of view)
5. Scope may need to be aligned (collimated). Instructions on this should be included with the scope

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Any tips for aligning the scope and finderscope. I'm finding it quite difficult to do.

Go outside during the day time and line up the top of a telephone pole in the distance in the MAIN telescope eyepiece.

Then without moving the telescope align the small finderscope on the exact same target.

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How do you turn on the red dot finderscope

There is usually a switch on the side-- turn the knob.

There will be 3 knobs the other TWO are to align the red dot.

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The finderscope for the Bushnel 78-9930 telescope will not align w/ the telescope. The Azimuth adjustment knob bottoms out before the alignment is achieved. Everything is molded one piece. Besides the...

Obviously the mounting for the finderscope is NOT parallel with the tube-- probably the screw holes were not drilled correctly.

This is one of the reasons why we never recommend Tasco or Bushnell telescopes. They are considered "toy" telescopes and most of them are not suitable for Astronomy.

Return it and buy one of these:

OR re-drill the holes so the finder scope is more parallel with the main tube.

Aug 28, 2010 | Bushnell Voyager 78-9945 Telescope

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Bushnell Voyager 78-9675

Please you any hobby shop. All telscope mostly similer.all eyepiese is adjust with any telescope.
Don't worry if you lost finderscope ot finderscope adjustment.This unit is support to find object only.You can find diectly.
Happy sking.

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