525 power telecope 600mm objective diameter NO VIEWING
Hello, I have bought a 525 power telescope with 60mm objective diameter. It all looks really good but we weren't given the manual as I later discovered so when my hubby tried to use it he could see nothing. Do you think it isn't working or is it that we are not using it properly?
P.S. It was bought second hand
we d love to have the manual and actually enjoy some viewing.
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Did you set it up according to the provided instructions?
Do you have a low power eyepiece inserted at the viewing end?
Have you aimed the telescope at the moon as a basic test of
If your telescope is not properly aimed at the target (a star or a planet, or other object in the night sky) then you will see nothing.
If the power of your eyepiece is too large and your telescope aim is
not "dead on", then you will see nothing.
Have you tried using the scope in the daytime? Do you see anything?
Aim at a specific object, or section of an object, like the top of a lamp-post about a block or two away, and see if you can focus on
it the eyepiece.
You really need someone at your side who has experience in using
astronomical telescopes. That would be the quickest way to solve
any problems you have.
Unless your question is very specific, and unless you provide as
much detail as possible about your problem, it will be difficult for
anyone to provide you with speecific answers that will help you
solve your problem.
Thyis is a very small 60mm telescope-- not much bigger in size than a pair of 10x50mm binoculars. You are probably NOT in focus. Turn the knob until you get a sharp image-- you can do this during the day time on a distant object like a building or telephone pole.
All astronomical telescopes show upside down images. For terrestrial viewing you can buy an erecting diagonal-- http://www.highpointscientific.com/product/ORI-08787/Orion-125-90-Degree-Erect-Image-Star-Diagonal-08787.html
Read my TIPS and frequently asked questions on my profile page.
Do NOT attempt to look at the Sun through a solar filter! These can crack from the heat and you will be blinded instantly.
Most telescopes use a standard fitting eyepiece with a 1.25 inch outside diameter barrel. You can measure the mount where the eyepiece goes to make sure that yours is this size, then search on eBay or Amazon for "1.25 eyepiece" and you will find many available. None of these will be made by National Geographic, but any make will fit.
The other variable will be the focal length of the eyepiece, which is what determines it's power. The power of the scope will be the focal length of the main objective divided by the focal length of the eyepiece, so a 9mm eyepiece will give a higher magnification (and be dimmer and harder to focus and find objects) than a 20mm eyepiece. It is usual to have two or three different focal length eyepieces for viewing different objects.
You will find a large variation in prices, which is partly due to the difference in quality and type of construction of the eyepieces. Kellner eyepieces are simple and cheap, whereas Possl or orthoscopic ones are more complex and cost more. There are reasons why people will pay more for the better eyepieces. Avoid eyepieces marked with the letters "H" or "SR" before the focal length.
No matter what the box says, 110x is the maximum power for a 60mm objective lens. The tripod is weak so stability is a problem. Fair for lunar observation and fair to poor for planetary viewing. Go spend some money on a decent telescope A Celestron 114mm reflector is only about $150
First you realize that you bought a $50 telescope! These are really toy telescopes that are not suitable for Astronomy.
We really cannot teach you how to be an amateur astronomer. Objects in the night sky are very tiny, the scope must be pointed directly at them to see anything.
Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the telescope focuser. Go outside during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object. The moon should be your first target at night.
Read my TIPS on my profile page, and read this: http://www.texasastro.org/telescope.php
No -- just remember that your scope is only 60mm wide. This is almost the same size lens as a pair of 10x50mm binoculars. About the most usable magnification for any telescope is 50 times aperture. So your scope is probably around 120 power. Yes I know the box said 500 power or 675 power or some number that you can never achieve in that size telescope.
All objects in the sky are very small because they are very far away. It does not look like the PHOTOS taken by the Hubble Space telescope.
First you have what we call a department store telescope. It is 60mm, not much bigger than a pair of 10x50mm binoculars. Do NOT use the 2xbarlow if you have one, Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the telescope and go outside during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object.
You probably will not find a manual-- however Meade telescopes maintains a web site for their scopes. Look under REFRACTOR on this page for one similar to your telescope. They all work the same way: http://www.meade.com/manuals/index.html
You won't find a manual for this small telescope-- put the lowest magnification eyepiece (the one with the largest number written on it)-- into the telescope. Take it outside during the daytime and practice focusing it on a distant object -- by turning the focusing knobs slowly in and out.
your scope is 565mm focal length with a 60mm objective which makes it f:9.5. (telescope focal length divided by lens diameter) all this means that the optics are capable of viewing larger planets. nebula is a bit of a stretch. maybe under exceptionally dark skies with at least 30min. of dark adaptation. brighter objects like m42 or m31 should be visible, bear in mind that only very large telescopes will resolve the slightest hint of color in nebulosity. the rest of us are reserved to gray scale. i would suggest using a 26mm eyepiece plossl if available. next make sure your finding system is aligned to the scope. this is best done during the day at a distant object like a radio tower. center the object in the eyepiece then align the finder. next get your self a good sky map like stellarium software a freebie and a fav. to ensure your looking at what you think your looking at.
a word on eyepiece selection. magnification is calculated by dividing the focal length of the scope by the focal length of the eyepiece. for instance the scope is 565mm the recommended eyepiece is 26mm so the magnification would be around 22x. a rule of thumb for optics is about 50x per inch of objective. which means your scope is good for about 100x. so by the math you would use a 5.6mm e.p. to achieve 100x, however as optical powers increase field of view decreases making it difficult to find objects. find your object with a wide field e.p. then switch to a higher power to zoom in. if the image gets fuzzy at high power attempt to refocus, if it doesn't clean up either your asking a bit to much from the scope or seeing conditions in the upper atmosphere may not be ideal. what ever you do don't give up there are some amazing things to see out there.