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I need replacement parts for my telescope I recently bought through a flea market...can I get them? The parts are a 5x24 view finder and the eyepiece lenses that go with it. I have 1 of the 3 originals. Can you help? Also any software or documents to show me how to use it would be helpful. Thank you

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You can buy eyepieces from MANY on-line retailers. Here is one:

http://agenaastro.com/

You can also buy a finder scope from the above retailer or from this retailer:

http://handsonoptics.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=115_118

Many good retailers on the internet.

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30 year old telescope. do lenses go bad?


General tips
  1. Get Stellarium or another fine astronomy program
  2. During the day, point the telescope at a part of the landscape about 100 yards away. NEVER THE SUN!
  3. Use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number) in the focal tube.
  4. Center the landscape object in the telescope.
  5. Align the finder scope so that it points exactly where the main telescope is.
  6. At night, leave the scope out to reach thermal equilibrium (about an hour for small reflectors and refractors)
  7. Point the finder at the moon. The moon should be in the main scope also.
  8. Practice finding the moon before you start on the planets
  9. Once you are comfortable with the moon and planets, you can go for the deep sky objects
Specific:
You can clean the lenses by using a camera brush/puffer. For stains: 1 part distilled water 1 part 97% or better isopropyl alcohol. Use a cotton ball to apply. One stroke per ball. Dry with cotton balls working form the center out.
The eyepieces you have are pretty poor. I suspect they are also 0.965 diameter. If so, go to Ebay and get 2 or 3 MA (modified achromat) or Kelner eyepieces They are very inexpensive.Your H20 (lowest power) is not too bad but very narrow field of view.
If your scope uses 1.25 inch diameter eyepieces, your options are too wide to expound here.
You will get a good, low power view of the moon with the 20mm but the sr4's eye relief (distance your eye has to be to the top of the eyepiece to focus) may make it difficult

Jul 09, 2013 | Swift 860R (175 x 60mm) Telescope

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How to make a DEPARTMENT STORE telescope better.


Even though we warned you NOT to buy a "department store" toy telescope, you went and bought one anyway!

Here are a few things you can do to upgrade the telescope. Unfortunately some of the upgrades may cost almost as much as you paid for the scope! That's why you should not buy one in the first place! Anyway here are some ways to improve your "toy" telescope:

Stabilize that SHAKY Tripod!

Tie a heavy weight underneath the tripod, hanging from the central bolt. A bucket of sand will help stabilize the shaky tripod. You can also open up the legs and fill them with concrete, or sand -- anything that will tamp-out vibrations which will help your view tiny objects through the eyepiece.

Tighten up all the bolts on the tripod and mount. DO NOT extend the legs on the tripod to their fullest extent. Try to use the scope with the legs 1/2 way extended if at all possible. A shorter tripod will be more stable.


Buy a better finder scope!

The one that came with your scope is probably almost unusable. Buy a 50mm Right Angle finder scope, or mount a red dot finder. See the two links below:
http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-finder-scopes/orion-ez-finder-deluxe-telescope-reflex-sight

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-finder-scopes/9x50-orion-right-angle-correct-image-finder-scopes


Replace those cheap eyepieces with better quality.

Even the low cost Plossl design eyepieces will be better than what came with the scope. Here are two retailers that sell eyepieces. Measure the hole so you know what size to buy. They come in .965, 1.25 and 2 inch sizes. The 1.25 inch is the most popular. However some "department store" toy telescopes have .965 inch eyepieces. These .965 eyepieces are largely obsolete, hard to find, and hard to see through.

http://www.telescope.com/control/telescope-eyepieces

http://www.agenaastro.com/


Get a better diagonal.

If your scope is a refractor it probably came with a very cheap low cost diagonal. A better one will improve light throughput, and probably yield sharper images. Here are some diagonals for sale:

http://www.agenaastro.com/Telescope-Diagonal-1-25-inch-s/100.htm

http://www.telescope.com/control/telescope-diagonals


Clean those dirty eyepieces!

Keep your hands away from the glass! In case you did not, then you will need these Never take the glass elements OUT of the eyepiece! Only the outside surfaces need to be cleaned.

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-tune-up/orion-lenspen-mini-pro-cleaning-tool

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-tune-up/orion-deluxe-6-piece-optics-cleaning-kit

It goes without saying that you should check all the bolts and nuts on the telescope and the tripod and make sure they are tight.

Use LOWER magnification-

Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the telescope. DO NOT use the 2x barlow if you have one.
Your small aperture telescope was NOT meant to have 525 power magnification! With a 70mm telescope your maximum usable magnification will be about 140 power.

Buy a better METAL focuser and replace the plastic focuser that came on your telescope.
http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-focusers/1*25-inch-orion-basic-rack-and-pinion-focuser

The problem with several of these "fixes" is that they will cost a significant portion of what you spent on your shaky low cost department store telescope. You would have been better off buying a better scope and junking the toy scope on Craigslist.com. Stop buying these toy $89 telescopes, join an astronomy club and get good advice on what to buy!

Remember, all things being equal -- the bigger the hole in the telescope - we call that aperture-- the more you can see. Most objects in the sky are VERY tiny and dim, except for the moon, several of the brighter planets, and a handful of other deep sky objects. Your scope must be pointed directly at the object in order to see it. Telescopes have very small fields of view.


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on Jan 05, 2010 | Optics

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I cant view anything from the finderscope in relation to the telescope


They must be lined up, and if you are using a higher power eyepiece, this must be more precise as your field of view is smaller.
There will be some type of adjustment on the finderscope, probably 3 thumbscrews around the holder tube.

Put in a low power eyepiece and point the scope at a local feature such as a streetlight or distant building. Get this centered in the eyepiece. Then adjust the finder only so the feature is centered in the finder as well.

Put in a higher power eyepiece and center the feature again in the telescope EP, and readjust the finder centering by itself, if needed.

Then choose a bright star and by moving the scope mount, place this in the center of the finder. Check if the star is properly centered in the EP as well and if not, move the scope mount until it is. Then finally adjust the finder centering by itself.

Feb 07, 2012 | Celestron Optics

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I have a Meade Model 229 2.4" Altazimuth refracting telescope. It was bought in 1994. We have never been able to figure out how to use it, and recently tried again. Our college aged son tells us he...


This is a very small refractor telescope. Things to check:

1. Is the lens cap off on the front?

2. Did you put the diagonal into the focuser on the rear of the telescope? This is a diagonal--
http://www.greatredspot.com/Astro-Tech_1.25-inch_99%25_reflectivity_dielectric_mirror_diagonal.htm

3. Did you put the eyepiece into the diagonal? This is an eyepiece:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyepiece

4. Use the eyepiece with the largest number written on it, and DO NOT use the 2x power barlow if you have one. Practice focusing on a distant object during the day time --

Read these articles:
http://texasastro.org/telescope.php

http://skytour.homestead.com/files/small.html


www.telescopeman.org
www.telescopeman.us
www.telescopeman.info

Jul 25, 2011 | Optics

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I have a Criterion 4000 that is set up for photography only. I have the scope, focus adapter tube, and the t ring adapter. This is only mounted on a photo tripod. What parts do I need for casual star...


You will need a diagonal, eyepiece and a finder scope. The photo tripod is not the greatest for astronomy. Acceptable for the moon and quick views of the planets but with a SCTs narrow view, you will be constantly adjusting the tripod.
I would start with a 25mm plossl eyepiece which would provide 80x power. About as high as you can get with a photo tripod.
Places to get finder scopes, eyepieces and diagonals
http://www.agenaastro.com/

http://www.telescope.com/control/category/~category_id=telescopes?atc=ggldlp&gclid=CNC2_eT8oqUCFUHsKgodywuvHA

Be aware that the Bausch and Lomb telescopes had terrible reputation for bad optics.

Nov 14, 2010 | Bausch and Lomb Optics

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I was just given a telescope and I need a reliable place to purchase parts. The main piece i'm looking for is an adjustor ring on the aiming scope and some different eye pieces


Meade may have the part, but I doubt it. You can call them here:

http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

It might be easier just to replace the finder scope with one of these:
http://www.telescope.com/control/celestron/celestron-accessories/celestron-firstscope-accessory-kit

or this:
http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-finder-scopes/orion-ez-finder-II-telescope-reflex-sight

Eyepieces can be purchased at many on-line retailers. Here are two:

http://www.telescope.com/control/telescope-eyepieces

or here:

http://www.agenaastro.com/

Aug 23, 2010 | Meade 155W (5 x 50mm) Telescope

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Can't see out of eye piece


This is a reflector style telescope. The MIRROR is in the base! Light enters the front near the focuser and goes down the tube and bounces off the mirror and back to the front and through the eyepiece. The EYEPIECE end is pointed up.

Your scope TUBE should look like the reflector telescope on this web page:

http://www.amazon.com/Edu-Science-Astro-Nova-102-Telescope/dp/B001NLOQN2

Wish you had NOT bought this telescope. For about the same price you could have bought this:
http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=classicdobs/~pcategory=dobsonians/~product_id=08942

The scope above has a 6 inch mirror which is almost twice the size of the scope you bought.


Dec 27, 2009 | Edu-Science (10166) Telescope

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I'm missing the accessory tray on the tripod and


Not exact parts, but finders can be purchased from www.telescopes.com. You can make your own tray from a cookie tin lid.

Sep 09, 2009 | Celestron PowerSeeker 76 Astronomical...

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Can not seem to focus when we look through the lens we just see the bk=lack sky we cannot seem to see anything


try this:
see the mini scope on top of the telescope?--that's called the finder scope--
you look through that to see what the telescope is aimed at, just like what a sniper does before he pulls the trigger.

put in the lowest power eyepiece you have in the telescope, the one with a high number on it.

it's a good idea to align the 'finder' with the telescope during the day time--it's much easier.

if your telescope and finder scope aren't aligned properly, aiming your telescope at any target will be off and you'll just get frustrated.
to do this, look through your finder scope and pick a far away target, put in the lowest power eyepiece you have, that's the one with a high number--
high number = low power = a nice big view in the telescope.
low number on eyepiece = high magnification, like a zoom lens.

always use the lowest eyepiece first, then work your way to higher magnification, if you want to get a closer look at your target.

use lowest power eyepiece in telescope--> look through finder scope -->focus the image--> switch to higher power of eyepiece for a closer look at your target.

practice this during the day until you're comfortable, then try it at night.
try the moon, it's a nice big target

you can also use binoculars to check out the night sky.
you can try using 7x35 or 7x50 binoculars.
you see a lot more stars and it gives nice big views of the stars and constellations...and the moon...

hope this helps :D


Jul 30, 2009 | Bushnell Deep Space 78-9512 (120 x 60mm)...

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Missing finder scope


i actually have the star finder and its **** honestly. but well mine is old to. so a new one might do you better. but i've attached a rifle scope to mine.

Aug 04, 2008 | Tasco Astronomical 302675 Telescope

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