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4.5 inch reflector telescope --can't see anything

I recently bought a 4.5 inch reflector telescope. I put it all together with the handy visual guide and inside I was able to see through it, though the power seemed low, as objects looked slightly magnified. But outside, I can only see blackness. I've tried it several different times now, so it's not a case of something obvious like removing a cap, but I can't figure it out! I found a page on optical alignment that I'm going to try out, but I'd appreciate if anyone has an inkling of what I 'm missing.

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  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    I am borrowing a friend's telescope for two months while he is abroad, but cannot see anything through it either in the dark or daylight except for undistinguished light or dark. No objects etc. The dial on the eyepiece clearly relates to degrees of magnification. I do not know what the other one, on the stem does. The make is Opticron Piccolo. Have tried twiddling both dials with no result except for a vague reddish glow at 15 x magnification with the top dial at its tightest. This must sound very stupid.

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2008

    The same thing happend to me when i tried to look through my "precision" telescope i dont know if thats a brand or the type of tele scope plz help.



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You have to make sure your primary mirrow is level, there are a set of screws that will help you do it, then the secondary mirrow at 45 degree, start in a daylight to align the telescope. good luck

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