I have a Reflecting telescope and I can't see anything out if it.
The book says you have to line up the Mars eye finder. I tried that and I thought I had it. I used the laser pointer to point at the moon. I kept it study with the laser point at the center of the moon and all I saw was the sky.
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1. During the day, use the 17mm eyepiece on a object outside (telephone pole, water tower, etc) then align the finder to what you see in the scope. 2. Put in the 7.5mm eyepiece and fine align the red dot finder. 3. At night, point the finder at the moon (less than half moon or the image is too bright without a moon filter) Use the 17mm eyepiece. 4. Once you see the moon, switch to the 7.5mm lens and enjoy. 5. Download Stellarium or any free astronomy software and see what is in your sky tonight. Your scope should be able to see Jupiter and its moons easily.(Saturn, Mars and Venus when the time is right) Open clusters like Pleiades will be nice is this fast scope. 5. If stars are not sharp, you may need to collimate the scope. Look online for general instructions.
The red dot finder is NOT lined up with the main tube. During the daytime locate a distant object with the main tube eyepiece. Without moving the telescope adjust the red dot to point at the exact same spot.
point the telescope at some thing during the day and adjust the finder scope and at night point at a star look through the eye piece and center the object in the eye piece then adjust the finder scope.
Mars is a tiny object at best, needing about 400x to view. We are now fairly well past opposition, so it is even smaller. That power would call for a 3mm eyepiece (6mm with 2x barlow is the equivalent). Try the highest power eyepiece that you have.