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Cant find the stars

Hi i got this telescope for christmas and i cant get it to work i can site stars on the siteing scope but when i look in the main eyepiece i cant see anything. is there something im doing wrong or am i missing something

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Re: cant find the stars

You need to have the sighting scope and main tube realigned.

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1. You must follow the setup in manual 100%
2. You must pick the correct alignment stars. Most failed alignments are because you aligned on the wrong star. So alignment requires you to learn the names of a few bright stars and be able to spot them in the sky.
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My daughter got a C-Star Stratus UB 450 Refractor Telescope for Christmas with no owners manual. Do you know a website that I can pull a manual from? We tried it out tonight but couldn't see anything....

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It is best when you are starting out with a telescope to try it with the least powerful eyepiece (the one with the highest number) to begin with, until you become more familiar with how it works. Do NOT use the Barlow lens if one came with the scope.

The finder scope is meant to help you get the main scope lined up on the object you want to view, but it won't be any use in pointing the telescope until you adjust it to precisely line up with the main scope. Telescope manuals recommend that you do this in daylight, by pointing the scope at an object on the horizon and adjusting the finder to match (never point a telescope toward the Sun!). Once you have a tree or mountain peak in the center of the main scope's image, you can then adjust the screws around the finder scope to get the crosshairs (or red dot) centered on the same object. It is very difficult to do this job in the dark, especially as objects in the sky are constantly on the move.

You will find that there is a very wide range of movement in the focus mechanism, because different eyepieces focus at different points, but the actual focus range for any eyepiece will be a small part of the overall range afforded by the focusing mount. It is much easier to familiarise yourself with this in daylight.

At this point you will learn that astronomical telescopes usually show an upside down image. There is a good reason for this- erecting the image needs more bits of glass in the light path, which reduces the amount of light and increases aberrations. Even if this is only slight, astronomers prefer to avoid it, and they don't really care which way up the Moon or Jupiter appear. It is possible to fit an erecting prism or eyepiece to most astronomical telescopes, and some of them come with one, but one wouldn't bother to do this with the small finder scope.

Once you have done the above, you can try the scope at night, on an easy to find bright object like the Moon. Looking at random stars will probably be disappointing, as they don't look different under magnification. You will have to find planets, star clusters or nebula to see anything interesting. You will also find the the object you are looking at swims out of the viewing field, and you must continually move the scope to follow it. This will be more pronounced at higher magnifications. Again, use the least powerful eyepiece. Small scopes are often advertised as having unrealistic powers (300, 500) which can never be practically achieved. You just get dim blurs.

There is an excellent website for beginner telescope users at THIS LINK

There is a collection of telescope manuals for download at THIS LINK
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During the day time line-up the small finder scope with the main tube. Use the eyepiece with the largest number written on it. Site on a distant object with the main scope. Then line- up the crosshairs on the finder with out moving the main tube so BOTH are pointed at the same object.

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Your finder is not aligned with your telescope. During the day time focus on a distant small object with the telescope-- then without moving the telescope adjust the crosshairs in the finder to match the telescope.

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All goto scopes require you to do an alignment on 2 or 3 stars in the night sky-- or they will not find anything. Also the time, date, and site must be accurate-- and the tripod must be perfectly level.

Read the manual again-- and perform all of the setup steps. You can download a monthly star chart here for free:

The alignment stars are ALWAYS the brightest stars in the sky and the first ones you can see when it starts getting dark.

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