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I cant see clearly in my telescope not matter how much i adjust the focus lines

Vivitar telescope 50x/100 with tripod

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  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2008

    I get three images of the object no matter what i do

  • barbie2009 Jan 10, 2009

    cant see any stars with the telescope
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If it is a focused image but hazy or foggy, you have to clean the optics in your telescope. If you have a focus problem but a clean image, then you are having travel limitations of your focus equipment usually rack and pinion. Wearing eyeglasses can also effect that mechanical problem and so does other added components like "Barlow Lenses" that are used to double or triple eyepiece magnifications. You might also have the lenses in the optical system not in the right order or direction when it was taken apart.

Posted on May 07, 2010

  • Luc Lussier Oct 07, 2011

    I have an 8 inch reflector (not a Meade, it doesn't even have a bran name on it)and I have the same issue and even though I try to focus it during the day and can not get it to focus sharply. What am I doing wrong? The image is always little hazy/blured, even with my 25mm, The more powerful the lense the worst it gets. This is the case even during the day. I have 4 screws at the bottom to adjust the mirror but I'm hesitant to touch the mirror in order to avoid possibly
    making it worst. If this is a posible soution then I will try to adjust it. Any help would be appreciated.

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My daughter recieved a telescope 50x/100x w/ tripod for christmas and we are unable to see anything out of it? Not to mention that one of the focus lens did not come with a cap.


This is considered a toy telescope. Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the focuser-- DO NOT USE the 2x barlow if you have one. Practice focusing on a distant object during the day time.

Read my tips on my profile page

Dec 26, 2010 | Vivitar (1607225) Telescope

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Hello there, my name is Paul and I had just recently purchased the Vivitar Refractor Telescope 60X/120X with Tripod. I have assembled everything correctly, however I have tried to view the moon, but I...


This is one of the worst telescopes you could have purchased. Plastic eyepieces and a plastic focuser! We receive many complaints about not being able to focus.

Try again--- next time buy one of these which is the best value in amateur astronomy.

http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=classicdobs/~pcategory=dobsonians/~product_id=08942

Nov 14, 2010 | Vivitar (1607225) Telescope

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I have a Vivitar 50x/100x telescope. One of the


No replacement parts available for that telescope. Suggest you take the tripod to a well stocked hard ware store and see if they have any screws, bolts, or clamps that would repair the tripod.

You can buy another photo tripod of course.

Oct 23, 2009 | Vivitar Telescopes

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Missing eyepiece.


You can buy an eyepiece from 1000 different retailers-- just get the correct SIZE usually 1.25 inch BUT many of these smaller scopes have .965 eyepieces-- MEASURE the hole. Here are two places that sell eyepieces--

http://www.telescope.com/control/category/~category_id=eyepieces

http://www.agenaastro.com/

Jun 09, 2009 | Vivitar Telescopes

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I Cant see ANYTHING.


Put the lowest magnification eyepiece in the telescope-- it's the one that has the LARGEST number written on it.

During the daytime, go outside and point the telescope toward a distant object at least 100 yards away and practice focusing the telescope--- turn the focus know very slowly. Do this until you learn how to get a clear view of the distant object.

Once you have it focused wait until dark --- don't turn the focus knob. Your first sky object should be the moon or Venus -- which is the BRIGHT "star" in the west after dark....

Dec 29, 2008 | Vivitar (1607225) Telescope

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I need parts


Try your local well stocked hardware store for the bolt or screw that is missing.

Dec 27, 2008 | Vivitar (1607225) Telescope

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Mounting bracket


added a spacer made from a truck inner tube. the screw from the tripod still has 2 full threads threading into the bracket on the telescope.

Sep 23, 2008 | Telescopes

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Cannot see an image through the lens


I bought one of these telescopes, and had trouble at first, but finally got some decent results. If you dont have any experience with telescopes, I suggest trying it first in daytime, since daytime objects are much better for getting experience. Also, start with the lowest power eyepiece, the 12mm 50x, the one with the largest lens. Start by looking towards something pretty big, like a car or a house, and it needs to be some distance away to even have a chance to get a focus. If your target is closer than about 1/4 mile, you should add the right angle eyepiece attachment to allow you to focus in on closer objects.

When you are finally set up with the low power eyepiece, and have a good big target in the daytime, start looking thru the telescope while turning the knob thru the entire range. At some point of knob turning, you should see some image appear in the eyepiece..Turn the knob slowly to focus it clearly.

And this is for the shaky tripod. If you can hang a book under the middle of the tripod, the added weight will help stabilize the telescope, and you should be able to see a little better, without so much motion at the slightest touch.

After you look at the first car or house, you can start to see how careful you have to be to use the telescope, and you can start to look at other objects. When you move to the higher power 100x eyepiece, it will be even more critical in getting it both aimed and focused. If its off by just a few degrees, you wont see what you are looking for.

When you start nightime viewing, start with the largest object in the sky, the moon. Its the same process as daytime, except the eyepiece mechanism will have to be adjusted a little closer to the main body of the telescope.

Viewing planets and stars will be the ultimate test. Stars and planets are harder to see, since they are small, and hard to see unless they are in focus. When you can see those views, you have passed the telescope test. Its a matter of careful aim, and having the telescope focus set close to the point where you can see objects that are VERY FAR AWAY. If you are able to focus on the moon, you will be fairly close to being able to focus on the planets. The hardest part is actually getting the planet in the view of the telescope, in other words, aiming it.

The last item that can really mess up the view is a fogged up lens. Usually this happens in the summer when the scope has been in the air-conditioned room, and then it fogs up when taken outside. The solution for this is to let the telescope sit outside for 20 minutes, so the fogged lenses can clear. By the way, the same fogging may happen when you bring the telescope inside during the winter.

I hope this helps you eventually get a clear view of some amazing views in the sky. Your final exam is to take a look at the moon, the rings of Saturn, and the moons of Jupiter, some time in the near future. Have Fun!

Nov 14, 2007 | Vivitar (1607225) Telescope

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