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Cant' see the moon with telescope

I have a 114EQ-AR Telescope. I can locate the moon in the view finder but when I use the telescope eye piece I can't get it to focus. The moon appears as a round shot of light ...

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Use the eyepiece with the largest number written on it. DO NOT use the 2x barlow if you have one.

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Cannot see anything thru telescope even daytime


  1. Get Stellarium or another fine astronomy program
  2. During the day, point the telescope at a part of the landscape about 100 yards away.
  3. Use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number) in the focal tube.
  4. Center the landscape object in the telescope.
  5. Align the finder scope so that it points exactly where the main telescope is.
  6. At night, leave the scope out to reach thermal equilibrium (about an hour for small reflectors and refractors)
  7. If the scope is on a EQ mount, polar align.
  8. Point the finder at the moon. The moon should be in the main scope also.
  9. Practice finding the moon before you start on the planets
  10. Once you are comfortable with the moon and planets, you can go for the deep sky objects

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30 year old telescope. do lenses go bad?


General tips
  1. Get Stellarium or another fine astronomy program
  2. During the day, point the telescope at a part of the landscape about 100 yards away. NEVER THE SUN!
  3. Use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number) in the focal tube.
  4. Center the landscape object in the telescope.
  5. Align the finder scope so that it points exactly where the main telescope is.
  6. At night, leave the scope out to reach thermal equilibrium (about an hour for small reflectors and refractors)
  7. Point the finder at the moon. The moon should be in the main scope also.
  8. Practice finding the moon before you start on the planets
  9. Once you are comfortable with the moon and planets, you can go for the deep sky objects
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You can clean the lenses by using a camera brush/puffer. For stains: 1 part distilled water 1 part 97% or better isopropyl alcohol. Use a cotton ball to apply. One stroke per ball. Dry with cotton balls working form the center out.
The eyepieces you have are pretty poor. I suspect they are also 0.965 diameter. If so, go to Ebay and get 2 or 3 MA (modified achromat) or Kelner eyepieces They are very inexpensive.Your H20 (lowest power) is not too bad but very narrow field of view.
If your scope uses 1.25 inch diameter eyepieces, your options are too wide to expound here.
You will get a good, low power view of the moon with the 20mm but the sr4's eye relief (distance your eye has to be to the top of the eyepiece to focus) may make it difficult

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Cant get an image.Is it right that the view finderimage is upside down


The image of all astronomical telescopes are upside down (SCTs are upside down and reversed). RACI (right angled, correct image) finders do produce a right-side up image. For daytime use a erect image prism eyepiece.
Follow below instructions (except 7 in your case)

  1. Get Stellarium or another fine astronomy program
  2. During the day, point the telescope at a part of the landscape about 100 yards away.
  3. Use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number) in the focal tube.
  4. Center the landscape object in the telescope.
  5. Align the finder scope so that it points exactly where the main telescope is.
  6. At night, leave the scope out to reach thermal equilibrium (about an hour for small reflectors and refractors)
  7. If the scope is on a EQ mount, polar align.
  8. Point the finder at the moon. The moon should be in the main scope also.
  9. Practice finding the moon before you start on the planets
  10. Once you are comfortable with the moon and planets, you can go for the deep sky objects

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How do i set up eye pieces and focus lenses?? Instruction manual came in chinese with no translation and we are begiiners!


During the day:
1. Point to a far (1000 meters or more) object
2. Insert the lowest power (highest number) eyepiece e.g. 25mm
3. focus on the object.
4. Align finder to match what you see in the scope.
At night.
1. Put scope out and let it reach the temperature of the outside.
2. Point finder to the moon (1st object you should always use to check scope and finder alignment)
3. Use the same low power eyepiece.
4. If everything seems fine, switch to a higher power eyepiece and enjoy the view. You may have to slightly adjust the finder to align with the main scope.
If the views are blurry, the telescope may be out of collimation. Look on the internet for generic collimation instructions.
If this still did not help. Throw the scope out! Its probably a piece of junk and will only discourage you.

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Celestron astromaster 114eq see only pitch black


  1. Get Stellarium or another fine astronomy program
  2. During the day, point the telescope at a part of the landscape about 100 yards away.
  3. Use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number) in the focal tube.
  4. Center the landscape object in the telescope.
  5. Align the finder scope so that it points exactly where the main telescope is.
  6. At night, leave the scope out to reach thermal equilibrium (about an hour for small reflectors and refractors)
  7. If the scope is on a EQ mount, polar align.
  8. Point the finder at the moon. The moon should be in the main scope also.
  9. Practice finding the moon before you start on the planets
  10. Once you are comfortable with the moon and planets, you can go for the deep sky objects

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Hi, a few days back I purchased Nexstar 4SE. I set it up exactly how it says in the manual still I cannot see any magnifying views from the eye piece. While aligning the telescope I can find the moon from...


Stars will always appear as points. It is not possible to magnify them enough to see them as disks because they are all extremely far away. A telescope will however show you stars and other objects that are too dim to see with the naked eye.

You will be able to see the planets as disks, and even features on the planets, such as the bands on Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and the phases of Venus, and also moons around some planets. There are other objects that will show more detail when magnified, such as nebula. You will be able to see a lot of craters and other detail on the Moon.

Your problem is simply that you are not pointing the telescope at these objects. This seems to be one of those telescopes that "automatically" finds objects, but these so called "go to" scopes only do this when they are set up properly. I can't say what step(s) you have missed, but clearly even if the scope thinks it is pointed at the moon, if you can't see the moon, it is NOT pointed there. The Moon will fill the field of view even with the least powerful eyepiece. If you are seeing stars as points, then the eyepiece is focussed and working properly.

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Need eye piece for 114eq telescope


Your local telescope seller will have spare eye pieces..

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150-1400 Newtonian telescope Set the sight scope eye piece on the moon and looked in the pl 25mm lens in the focusing tube and no image? Can anyone help Philip moondogs2@myway.com


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

During the daytime look at something far away in the main scope-- without moving the scope center the cross hairs on the finder scope.

Good luck

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CELESTRON 127EQ faulty magnification


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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