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We've just bought a 6'' Newtonian reflector and just can't see anything through it. We can see a vague ghostly disc during daylight, but at night it's totally blank. Is there something really basic we're missing out?

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DO NOT use the 2x barlow if you have one. Inset the eyepiece with the largest number written on it and go outside during the daytime and practice focusing on a distant object.

If there is a local Astronomy club try to get one of the members to help you with the telescope. It could also be way out of collimation.

See this web site video:

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