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Viewfinder views things backwards

Why does my small viewfinder views everything backwards? Is it how it is supposed to be?

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Yes, most finder scopes show upside down images, it's completely normal.

This is an astronomical telescope. Even the main tube shows upside down images unless you use what is called an "erecting prism" for terrestrial viewing.

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

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