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I'm missing the accessory tray on the tripod and

I'm missing the accessory tray on the tripod and i'm also missing the 5x24 finder scope do you know where i can buy replacement parts?

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Not exact parts, but finders can be purchased from www.telescopes.com. You can make your own tray from a cookie tin lid.

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Missing parts for our AstroMaster 70AZ. We've had it for a year or 2 & never put it together as our son was too young. We open it tonight, to find out it's missing both eyepieces, the software, the...


The screws can be found at any hardware store, the eyepieces can be bought at many on-line retailers. Here is one:
http://www.agenaastro.com/

The software is nothing but a planetarium program and you can download a better one for free here:

www.stellarium.org

The spreader (tripod) is NOT really needed but will help stabilize the tripod-- you can make one that will work just fine out of wood.

Clear skies!

Apr 18, 2011 | Celestron ASTRO-MASTER-70 EQ 70mm/900mm...

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How to make a DEPARTMENT STORE telescope better.


Even though we warned you NOT to buy a "department store" toy telescope, you went and bought one anyway!

Here are a few things you can do to upgrade the telescope. Unfortunately some of the upgrades may cost almost as much as you paid for the scope! That's why you should not buy one in the first place! Anyway here are some ways to improve your "toy" telescope:

Stabilize that SHAKY Tripod!

Tie a heavy weight underneath the tripod, hanging from the central bolt. A bucket of sand will help stabilize the shaky tripod. You can also open up the legs and fill them with concrete, or sand -- anything that will tamp-out vibrations which will help your view tiny objects through the eyepiece.

Tighten up all the bolts on the tripod and mount. DO NOT extend the legs on the tripod to their fullest extent. Try to use the scope with the legs 1/2 way extended if at all possible. A shorter tripod will be more stable.


Buy a better finder scope!

The one that came with your scope is probably almost unusable. Buy a 50mm Right Angle finder scope, or mount a red dot finder. See the two links below:
http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-finder-scopes/orion-ez-finder-deluxe-telescope-reflex-sight

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-finder-scopes/9x50-orion-right-angle-correct-image-finder-scopes


Replace those cheap eyepieces with better quality.

Even the low cost Plossl design eyepieces will be better than what came with the scope. Here are two retailers that sell eyepieces. Measure the hole so you know what size to buy. They come in .965, 1.25 and 2 inch sizes. The 1.25 inch is the most popular. However some "department store" toy telescopes have .965 inch eyepieces. These .965 eyepieces are largely obsolete, hard to find, and hard to see through.

http://www.telescope.com/control/telescope-eyepieces

http://www.agenaastro.com/


Get a better diagonal.

If your scope is a refractor it probably came with a very cheap low cost diagonal. A better one will improve light throughput, and probably yield sharper images. Here are some diagonals for sale:

http://www.agenaastro.com/Telescope-Diagonal-1-25-inch-s/100.htm

http://www.telescope.com/control/telescope-diagonals


Clean those dirty eyepieces!

Keep your hands away from the glass! In case you did not, then you will need these Never take the glass elements OUT of the eyepiece! Only the outside surfaces need to be cleaned.

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-tune-up/orion-lenspen-mini-pro-cleaning-tool

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-tune-up/orion-deluxe-6-piece-optics-cleaning-kit

It goes without saying that you should check all the bolts and nuts on the telescope and the tripod and make sure they are tight.

Use LOWER magnification-

Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the telescope. DO NOT use the 2x barlow if you have one.
Your small aperture telescope was NOT meant to have 525 power magnification! With a 70mm telescope your maximum usable magnification will be about 140 power.

Buy a better METAL focuser and replace the plastic focuser that came on your telescope.
http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-focusers/1*25-inch-orion-basic-rack-and-pinion-focuser

The problem with several of these "fixes" is that they will cost a significant portion of what you spent on your shaky low cost department store telescope. You would have been better off buying a better scope and junking the toy scope on Craigslist.com. Stop buying these toy $89 telescopes, join an astronomy club and get good advice on what to buy!

Remember, all things being equal -- the bigger the hole in the telescope - we call that aperture-- the more you can see. Most objects in the sky are VERY tiny and dim, except for the moon, several of the brighter planets, and a handful of other deep sky objects. Your scope must be pointed directly at the object in order to see it. Telescopes have very small fields of view.


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My son got a Astro Nova 100 & the eye piece was missing from the attached mini scope how do I get another?


BUY another finder scope-- something like this:

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-finder-scopes

Jan 07, 2011 | Edu-Science (10166) Telescope

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I have a Criterion 4000 that is set up for photography only. I have the scope, focus adapter tube, and the t ring adapter. This is only mounted on a photo tripod. What parts do I need for casual star...


You will need a diagonal, eyepiece and a finder scope. The photo tripod is not the greatest for astronomy. Acceptable for the moon and quick views of the planets but with a SCTs narrow view, you will be constantly adjusting the tripod.
I would start with a 25mm plossl eyepiece which would provide 80x power. About as high as you can get with a photo tripod.
Places to get finder scopes, eyepieces and diagonals
http://www.agenaastro.com/

http://www.telescope.com/control/category/~category_id=telescopes?atc=ggldlp&gclid=CNC2_eT8oqUCFUHsKgodywuvHA

Be aware that the Bausch and Lomb telescopes had terrible reputation for bad optics.

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How do set up a konus 800 60mm f/13 refractor telescope and operate it


This is a small refractor style telescope on a photo style tripod.

Put the small finder scope on the top of the main tube, put the diagonal into the back of the scope. Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the diagonal.

Take the scope outside during the day time and line up the finder scope with the main tube on a distant object-- practice focusing on the same object.

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Missing parts to the Galileo FS-102NT Telescope


You can contact Galileo scopes directly here;
http://www.galileosplace.com/

Some of what you need may be available at a well stocked hardware store.

Eyepieces, and barlows can be bought from many on-line retailers. Here is one:
http://agenaastro.com/

The CD rom is probably just a planetarium software. You can download free software here:
www.stellarium.org

The scope does not need computer software to operate. However, you will find the free software above very helpful in learning the sky. Color filters are really NOT very useful; only the moon filter is needed which you can buy from the retailer listed above.

Actual proprietary parts like the accessory tray must be bought directly from Galileo telescopes. But a hardware store will have springs and bolts and nuts.

Jul 14, 2010 | Galileo FS-102NT Telescope

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Found old black tube telescope.Says GILBERT on white stripe in middle.Its on a tripod.Looks like a piece is missing that goes on top of tube.could i use something to make it work. how do i use it. Has lens...


That was probably a finder scope. If it is a real Gilbert the company went out of business about 40 years ago. Here read this:
http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html

They also made kid's chemistry sets:
http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html

Here are some finder scopes:
http://www.agenaastro.com/Straight-Finder-Telescope-s/74.htm

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Missing finder scope


i actually have the star finder and its **** honestly. but well mine is old to. so a new one might do you better. but i've attached a rifle scope to mine.

Aug 04, 2008 | Tasco Astronomical 302675 Telescope

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Does my telescope needs acounter weight to keep it still even when the motor is off?


Sorry i couldn't answer you on the live chat. here is the link for the user manual for your scope if you need it; http://www.bushnell.com/customer_service/manuals/telescopes/78-8890_Northstar.pdf Page 5 has a fairly detailed photo of how the hinge assembly should look. The counterweight should help - any tightening up you do other than the hand adjustable items has the potential to damage the scope, the motor or the tripod, but make sure that at the hinge at the top of the tripod there is not a damaged or missing washer/spacer and ensure no lubricants have got in contact with it. If you want to make up a counterweight of your own just to see if it solves the problem, then i would suggest getting a small bag with a cloth tape type strap and hang it just in front of the finder scope - fill it with clean dry sand until it weighs about a quarter of the weight of the telescope - half maximum, but start small and see how much you need - don't overload it as there is a possibility of making the scope/tripod unstable or overloading the motor. I would recommend contacting Bushnell for advice especially if you still have a warranty - they apparently give good customer service, and , there may possibly be a fault in your particular batch of tripods that they can solve for you; http://www.bushnell.com/customer_service/contact.cfm?section=General%20Use The finder scope is more for calibrating/aligning the scope before using the motorized feature, so is not designed to be ideal for general "finding", but in some conditions they have their uses - remember that having a really good finder scope could potentially nearly double the price of the unit. These are pretty good scopes in general, even without the automated features. Good luck, I hope this helps, please ask again if you need more :)

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