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So with the Newtonian design scopes are you supposed to stand up the whole time to use it?

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Depends on the distance from the ground to the eyepiece. I use a step stool that has three steps and a platform on top - and still have to stand some times. Stand, sit, the scope don't care either way...

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How the specifications of telescopes is read

First you would look at the construction, a reflector or a refractor.

The first has at least 2 mirrors in it, and comes in several sub-types. The cheapest to begin with is a Newtonian, very cost effective. You can recognise these as having the eyepiece at the front end of the tube.

Newtonians however have to be optically aligned (collimated) every so often to give a sharp image. This is simple enough when you learn how, but some find it a pain.

Refractors have no mirrors, only lenses, and you can recognise these as having the eyepiece at the rear of a longish tube. They don\'t need regular collimation. The better ones have more lenses in them, and in larger sizes are very expensive.

The next spec you see is the aperture, or diameter of the optics. It is the diameter of the main mirror or lens, and governs the light gathering power of the scope. If you live in the city, there is no point to having a huge scope, as it only gathers lots of light pollution. If away from towns, a large scope will pick up faint nebula. 100 - 150mm (4"-6") is a good starter size.

Then you see the focal length (FL) quoted. This is the length of the light path in the scope. In a reflector it is folded up, and can be quite long without having a bulky tube (OTA). In a refractor it is straight, and so is limited in amateur scopes to about 1200mm.

The focal length governs the magnification you see, but only in partnership with the eyepiece (EP). These are interchangeable

and each has its own focal length. The magnification is the scope FL divided by the EP FL. So a 1200mm FL scope with a 25mm EP gives a magnification of x48, which does not sound much, but is good for a sweeping view of the Milky Way. EPS range down to 4mm commonly, so there is wide choice.

There is not space here to discuss the mounts, but start with a robust AltAzimuth (AZ), say a Skywatcher AZ4. Another popular mount is the Dobsonian, confined to Newtonian reflectors.

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Am I supposed to see the cross in the centre of image on celestron 76eq

You will see diffrection spikes when focused on a very bright object

and this can also appear around a bright planet. However it is very irritating, and to minimise it, make sure your scope is well collimated (optically aligned).

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You can buy a new finder scope. There are many retailers on-line--

Here is one:

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Is the scope moving in the mounts? Going back and forth, left and right? If so, tighten up the screws, Or are the stadia wires themselves spinning around inside the scope? That could be a problem. The wires are fixed in a tube that is mounted at the rear, the front is at the adj screws, they push back and forth on a spring, the whole tube moves, but it is not supposed to spin. You can get to this part easy enough, but go no farther than the cross hairs. Find out what they are supposed to be attached to, or just send the whole thing back and complain. If you break the seal, they will never honor the warranty if there is one. Hope this helps.

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You must align the finder scope with the main telescope tube--

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It won't increase viewing power by hundreds of time but it should be able to show you a close up view of the moon and planets where they look closer (or with the moon, parts of it look closer). When you say it looks further away, something is quite wrong as you know. It sounds like the eye piece is backwards in the mount? Can't imagine what else would make it smaller. Also can't imagine you could even get it in backwards. I have a scope by Meade that is essentially the same Newtonian design. Best of luck.

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Your telescope is a "Newtonian," as such it requires regular "collimation" Collimation the alignment of the optics. The mirrors must be lined up properly for the telescope to deliver a good image to the eyepiece. Your scope sound like it is way out of collimation. My guess is that the diagonal (secondary) mirror has rotated in it's mount. There are three basic tools for collimating a Newtonian the Sight Tube, Cheshire and Autocollimator. To get your digonal aligned correctly you need a sight tube. Rather than spend a lot on these consider making your own and keep an eye on eBay offerings. Don't bother investing in a laser collimator, they simply don't do the job unless you go for the very best. From some help with the collimation process check these links.
The 60 page pamphlet "New Perspectives on Newtonian Collimation," Fourth Edition by Vic Menard and Tippy D’Auria runs $10, but if you really want to do it right it's worth the money.
HTH, George

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