My 2 included eyepieces will not fit into the 90-degree penta-mirror.
Am I missing a part that fits between the mirror and the eyepieces or should I get a file to make them fit (kidding).
Thanks for any ideas.
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Re: eyepieces not fitting into 90-degree penta mirror
Here's the link to the user manual if you need it;
Check the bottom of page 3, I think it answers your question - eyepieces should insert directly into the penta mirror. check page 9 for a diagram showing the whole assembly.
If it turns out you have the wrong eyepieces, you can contact bushnell's spares department on;
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You don't say whether this is an astronomical telescope or a terrestrial one (spotting scope). However, I have a Vivitar scope which was sold as an astronomical scope, but is actually a spotting scope, although it uses astronomical style eyepieces, so...
I am not sure that it is the eyepiece you want, either. It is hard to break an eyepiece, but much easier to break the eyepiece mount or diagonal mirror fitting.
Most astronomical telescopes use a standard fitting eyepiece with a 1.25 inch outside diameter barrel. You can measure the mount where the eyepiece goes to make sure that yours is this size, then search on eBay or Amazon for "1.25 eyepiece" and you will find many available. It doesn't have to be made by Vivitar, any make will fit.
The other variable will be the focal length of the eyepiece, which is what determines it's power. The power of the scope will be the focal length of the main objective divided by the focal length of the eyepiece, so a 9mm eyepiece will give a higher magnification (and be dimmer and harder to focus and find objects) than a 20mm eyepiece. It is usual to have two or three different focal length eyepieces for viewing different objects.
What Tasco do you own is it a refractor or reflector? Does it have a lens in front -- then it's a refractor; or mirrors, then it's a reflector.
On a refractor the eyepieces go in the back of the tube, sometimes you also have a diagonal which goes into the scope first and then the eyepiece goes into the diagonal. The diagonal is simply an L shaped device with a mirror inside that makes it easier to look through the scope when it is pointed UP at an angle.
On a reflector the focuser is on the FRONT side of the tube, and the eyepiece goes into the focuser.
Take the scope outside during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object. Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the focuser or into the diagonal. This is your LOWEST magnification.
Practice focusing --- until you get used to how it is done. Turn the focuser knob to the left slowly-- if nothing comes to focus then try turning it to the right. It may take several full turns to come to focus.
At night the moon should be your first target.
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ABOUT NOT FITTING: eyepieces come in 3 sizes, .975, 1.25, and 2 inch sizes. Measure the hole and then measure the eyepiece-- it may be that you have the wrong size eyepieces for that scope. The correct size can be purchased on line from many retailers. Here is one telescope retailer that sells eyepieces and other accessories:
the scope is made for both terrestrial viewing and astronomical. In order to see terrestrially upright, you need an inverting STAR DIAGONAL. The eyepiece will do nothing for inverting the image. you might have 2 diagonals in the kit that came wih the scope. the diagonal is the part that fits into the scope. then you place the eyepiece in the diagonal. if you have 2 diagonals , one is a 90 degree angle,(astronomical) and one is a 45 degree angle, (terrestrial). the eyepieces change the magnification of the image. the bigger the number (9mm, 20mm, 26mm,) the smaller the image. the smaller the number , the bigger the image gets. the number is inverse of the image. Hope this helps.
You most likely have eyepieces that have a 1.25" diameter but your telescope only accepts eyepieces with a .965" diameter. You can measure the diameter of the eyepiece barrel to confirm it.
There are two solutions to this problem. One is to purchase .965" eyepieces. They tend to be not as good of quality as 1.25" ones. However, you can find some here: http://www.siebertoptics.com/SiebertOptics-.965in-eyepieces.html#10mm%20and%2012.5mm.
The less expensive way is to get a 1.25" to .965" adapter. You can find one of those here: http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=adapters_and_cables/~pcategory=accessories/~product_id=07160/~sSearchSession=4fc6afc3-e9e5-4aa0-b55b-acc41db39d5a. If that link is too long go to www.telescope.com and look it up.
One thing to note when using an adapter is that sometimes it may not allow the eyepieces to come into focus since it adds a little length to the telescope. This varies by telescope.
ALL astronomical telescopes show upside down images it is normal. Put the eyepiece with the LARGEST number written on it into the diagonal. Do NOT use the 2x barlow it is too much magnification for that small aperture telescope.