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Hi i have an optus telescope when i find a star in my view find or the spacestation orbitating the earth i find it in my view find and when i look through the lens on the scope i see notting and i have start with a 20mm lens i have 9mm and a 12.5mm lens and 2 barlow lens one is x1.5 and the other is x3 please help me get it working if you can

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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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Line the scope up to the star using you eye along the scope tube when you get star in view line the small sighting scope up, from then on when you see a star through sighting scope the star can be seen through the main scope.

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I was given a orion telescope but if i point it at a pacific star it does not show that object so how do i set up the longitude and latitude so i can see the pacific object i want to see?

Hello Cherize Muller,

You are on the right track... actually two (2) tracks
that will confound your efforts. Latitude & Longitude are only relevant to YOUR GLOBAL positioning on our tiny Planet
... To tell YOU what you can expect to see from your vantage

Merely asking this question you have.. implies an initial UNDERSTANDING ...

There are various "MOUNTS" (see below) that can help.

Your biggest challenge: Rotating EAST
The earth (at the equator)... is moving at about 1009 miles per hour... making a fix on VIEWING our OWN MOON quite a challenge... 15 rotational degrees per hour
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ADD to THAT orbiting (our star) the SUN and the fact we are moving in that ORBIT at approximately 67,000 miles per hour... (completing one orbit every 365 days)...

Your view is going to slowly change all year long...
but the minute to minute rotation is the biggest challenge.

Means that there is no snappy answer...
That's why it is called ASTRONOMY.

Check out ONE of many synchronous mounts
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Saturn orbits the Sun further away than Earth. And because of this, the orbit of Saturn takes much longer than the orbit of Earth. How much longer? It takes Saturn 29.45 years (or 10,759 days) to orbit the Sun. Astronomers call the length of time an object takes to go around the Sun its orbital period. So the orbital period of Saturn is 29.45 years.

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Go To this link and download the instructions: This model number is different but implies that it is similar to yours. Good luck.

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How do i use the teliscope tasco 600 power

You point it at objects in the night sky-- !!

Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it int5o the diagonal. Then put the diagonal into the focuser at the rear. Practice focusing during the day time on a distant object.

Read my tips on my profile page., and download this free monthly star chart.

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I have a makusutove 150 1800 telescope and I cant seem to get it to focus correctly - it seems as though the mirrors are focussing the light behind the viewing lens. I can get a focussed image if I hold...

You do not have enough BACK-FOCUS, you need an extension tube for the focuser like this one:

Buy the correct size for the focuser hole--

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I cant see anything when attempting to view the night sky

Yes objects in the sky are TINY and DIM. You just cannot point the scope UP and expect to see anything. The scope has a field of view smaller than the tip of your finger held at arms length. That's why we always suggest a pair of binoculars to a beginner because they have a wider field of view which makes finding sky objects easier.

Read my TIPS on my profile page, and try to locate a local Astronomy club to get help with your telescope.

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Cannot see anything

No the red pointer is not necessary- BUT you will have a harder time aiming the telescope.

Objects in the sky are very tiny. The field of view is about the size of the tip of your finger held at arm's length. VERY small! This is the biggest problem for beginners, the telescope must be pointed DIRECTLY at the object in order to see it. Try for the moon first at night, since it is a BIG target.

Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the telescope focuser. DO NOT use the 2x barlow if you have one. Practice focusing during the day time on a distant object. The image will be upside down, but this is normal.

Read my TIPS on my profile page, and these:

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