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That is the end with the MIRROR! Turn it around-- the focuser is on the UP end of the telescope and the PICTURE that Fixya uses (above) is ALSO mounted upside down! The scope above is pointed at the ground!
All astronomical telescopes show upside down images. It's completely normal. Nothing is wrong with the scope. For terrestril viewing you can buy an "erecting prism diagonal" which will turn the images right side up.
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Hi, this is a common "problem" for astronomical telescopes. Same with my Meade 3" refractor and spotter. It is actually a design 'feature' not broken.
The issue is that most astronomical telescopes naturally show images upside down, or some combination of upside down and left-right. (Astronomers usually don't care, because space has no up or down.) It is just the way optics work when lenses or mirrors bounce and bend light. (And since the professional astronomer wants the most light and most direct image, they usually don't want extra devices just to make it right-side up.)
Reason that binoculars don't do that , is they employ special internal prisms to get the image back right-side up.
Easiest solution for astronomical telescope is to buy what is called a "star-diagonal" or "image-erector prism". These will usually make the image look normal for us earth-based folks.
I do not know what exact type your Meade 227 telescope is, but the spotter scope is most likely a simple refractor. So it MAY be possible to install a star diagonal onto it. Or might not. Depends on the exact spotter scope design. Another option may be able to buy a replacement spotter scope that is designed for correcting image orientation.
This is not only perfectly normal, but for this type of telescope, imperative! Land (and everything else) seems upside down due to how the light is bounced between the mirrors. It can be kinde tricky to get used to, but it's the way all Newtonian reflectors (it's the type of scope you have, big mirror at the botom, smaller one that's at a 45 degree angle neer the top, and an eypece on the side of the tube) are.