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I have a new bushnell voyager 78-9945.

During the day I can focus on objects but at night I get nothing but darkness and can't even focus on street lights etc.

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Use the lowest magnification eyepiece until you learn how to focus-- it will be the one with the LARGEST number written on it.

Also go out when the moon is up and less than 3/4 full and practice on the moon.

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Practice focusing during the day time, and read my TIPS on my profile page.

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http://www.opticsplanet.net/bushnell-warranty.html

Put the eyepiece with the LARGEST number written on it into the focuser, this is your lowest magnification.

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Now you should be able to practice focusing during the day time on a distant object.

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Yes it will focus --- put the eyepiece with the LARGEST number written on it into the scope. DO NOT use the 2x or 3x barlow.

Practice focusing on a distant object at least 100 yards away during the day. The moon should be your first night time target.

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Practice focusing during the day on a distant object at least 100 yards away-- use the eyepiece with the LARGEST number written on it-- and DO NOT use any 2x or 3x barlow to multiple the power.

The moon should be your first target at night.

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Take the scope outside during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object. The moon should be the first night time target you try to see.

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First here are the manuals for all the Bushnell telescopes-- which you need to read cover to cover--

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