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Bushnell 565 i just dug up my parents 18-20 year old Bushnell 565 telescope. i have no cule how to use it or what was included with it .. please help

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  • tictack Jan 02, 2008

    thank you so much for your comment it really helped.

  • misstessie Jan 04, 2008

    I purchased a Bushnell 565 off craigslist. It has an erecting lens, a Barlow lens, and 2 eyepieces. We can see through the little scope on the top, and we can see an image in the little mirror when we look into the refractor thingy when it is in the telescope. But when we put the lenses in and try to look at objects through the actual lenses in the daytime it is just black (no lens cap on). I've tried several of the suggestions here, but to no avail. Could something be broken inside the telescope? Needless to say at this point, we have no idea if this thing works or if it is just user-error.


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  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    I bought the Bushnell 565 from a pawn shop. I took it apart to clean the lhe lenses. Icouldn't get it to focus, before I took it apart. I just wanted to make sure that I put it back together right. What else should I know about it to get it to focus properly?

  • davewichers Apr 06, 2009

    I am in the same boat. My wife bought me the Bushnel 565 at a garage sale. I have cleaned it up a bit and I have the Bushnell 565 pointed at the moon at the moment and through the mirror I can see the light from the moon. When I put on the lenses it is all light and no focus. Is there anything I can do? I have tried moving the the mirror in and out witht the spin knob......not sure what else to do......



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There are a few basic things to be aware of.

  1. This is an astronomical telescope so there is no erecting lens combination. So, everything you look at will be upside down.
  2. As a refracting telescope you have virtually no maintenance. A good thing.
  3. This telescope has an equatorial mount. Basically the mount corrects for the off-axis spin of the earth. The quick and dirty way to align the scope is to set position on the mount to 0hrs and 90 degrees. Make sure you are setup on a level surface and then rotate the entire telescope and tripod so that it faces north. Depending on your Latitude and longitude Polaris or the north start will appear higher or lower in the sky. Polaris is called the north star because it is within 1degree of the true north and it is always in the same spot throughout the night and year. The mount will have a third adjustment point near the base to adjust for the apparent change in position caused by the curvature of the earth. Once it is lined up try pointing the telescope at a bright star. The smaller the mm number on the eyepiece the higher the magnification. The beauty of an equatorial mount is that once you have it properly aligned on an object you only have to adjust on axis to keep the object in view.
I could write pages on this please re-post with some more specific questions and I will try my best to answer them for you. Good luck and happy star hopping.

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