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Everything in telescope is backwards

In spotter scope everything is upside down and in telescop everything is backwards

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These are normal for an astronomical telescope. You can get erector prisms to fix it for terrestrial use - but astronomers just live with it.

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A new telescope has a rubber piece on the end with screws cant see through is it supposed to be removed ?


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!

Many beginners mount the scope backwards.

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Everything is upside down when we look into it. how do we fix it?


Al,L astronomical telescopes show upside down images-- nothing is wrong with the scope. NO up or down in space!

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Is it normal to see everything upside down. Or do I need to return this item?


All astronomical telescopes show upside down images--- NO up or down in space!

Nothing is wrong with the scope. Read my tips on my profile page.

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Everything is upside down?


All astronomical telescopes show upside down images. It's normal nothing is wrong with the scope.

Read my tips on my profile page-- especially the Frequently Asked Questions TIP.

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Why is everything upside down and backwards, With my vivitar telescope


All astronomical telescope show upside down images. It's normal, nothing is wrong with your scope. You can buy an "erecting prism" diagonal for terrestrial viewing.

See my TIPS on my profile page.

Aug 21, 2010 | Vivitar (1607225) Telescope

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Everything is upside down on side eye piece. When viewing through the scope that's on the side of the telescope itself, everything is upside down. No matter which way it is turned, the same problem exists.


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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http://www.skiesunlimited.net/index.php?CategoryID=98


Jul 21, 2010 | Edu-Science (10166) Telescope

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Viewfinder views things backwards


Yes, most finder scopes show upside down images, it's completely normal.

This is an astronomical telescope. Even the main tube shows upside down images unless you use what is called an "erecting prism" for terrestrial viewing.

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Image is upside down and backwards


This is one of the most frequently asked questions. See my TIPS FAQ -- on my profile page. Nothing is wrong with the scope. All astronomical telescopes show upside down images.

It's normal.

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Image upside down


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.

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Seeing land upside down


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.

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