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During the evening for stars or any other time of the day... Really though solar eclipses are pretty sweet and some lunar ones happen durring day light hours as well. Planetary stuff is pretty sweet.

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Where can I find an instruction manual for edu science land and sky 360 (50mm refractor) telecope?

Check the manufacture. If you didn't have it too long take it back to T...R...US and go elsewhere and by a good scope.

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Binoculars make a GREAT first "Telescope"!

For beginners in the Astronomy hobby we usually recommend that they buy a nice pair of either 7x50mm binoculars, or 10x50mm binoculars as their first 'telescope".

Additionally they should buy one or two Astronomy books, one of which should be a star chart. You will use the star chart and the binoculars to learn a little bit about the night sky BEFORE you buy your first telescope.

Good books:

Objects in the Heavens by Peter Birren-

Sky & Telescope Star Atlas-

Turn Left at Orion-


Spend a few months learning the sky with the binoculars and JOIN a local Astronomy club. The members will help you learn the sky and you will get to look through their telescopes and decide on which one you should purchase. Did you know that the Astronomical League gives awards for completing several different observations using binoculars! Join your local AL Astronomy club to learn about observing awards using only binoculars!

List of Astronomy Clubs by State:

Clear Skies!

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on Jan 22, 2010 | Optics


DON'T buy that department store telescope!

You cannot buy a usable telescope for less than about $200. Sorry but that's just the way it is! Virtually everyday I am answering FixYa questions in the Telescope section from people that just purchased their first telescope for $89 off of Craigslist, or Wal Mart, or CostCo or WORST of all TOYS R US!

They just bought a JUNK "toy", that will soon be posted back onto Craigslist (for sale) or relegated to a closet or attic at home. These small "toy" telescopes do more to HURT the Astronomy hobby than just about anything I can think of.

Don't fall for the pretty color photos on the outside of the box, or the CLAIM that it is 550 power magnification! Walk away from any telescope or telescope advertisement that says this on the outside of the box!

Think about buying a nice pair of 10x50mm binoculars. This is about the same aperture as that 60mm worthless refractor telescope on a shaky EQ mount you are thinking about buying; and good binoculars and a star chart can be used to find many deep sky objects, including most of the Messier objects from a dark sky observing site. You can even get an Astronomical League award using just binoculars!

By buying one of these cheap telescopes you will frustrate yourself and or your child. Some of them are virtually impossible to use, cannot come to focus, or break very easily. The optical elements also may be plastic instead of glass. The focus mechanism and the eyepieces might also be made of cheap plastic.

You promised your child a telescope and now you MUST buy one? Ok, buy one of the ones listed below:

You really need at least 4.5 inches of aperture to begin to see the dimmer objects in the sky. Six inches of aperture would be even better. The scopes listed above are all, what we call, Dobsonian mounted telescopes. Very easy to operate- up, down, left-right motion. They can be pointed easily to the moon and planets, and the brighter sky objects; IF you learn EXACTLY where to point them. This is the biggest problem for beginners, finding those very small and dim sky objects.

Remember a telescope has a very small field of view. LESS THAN the tip of your finger held at arm's length! You can be right next to a sky object and NOT see it in the eyepiece! The scope must be pointed DIRECTLY at it! This is the biggest problem for a beginner, and leads to those questions here on Fixya like, " I cannot see anything in my new XYZ telescope".

I would also encourage you to locate your local Astronomy club and attend their meetings and star parties. The members will help you learn how to operate the scope, and also help you learn the sky.

A free monthly star chart can be downloaded at: . You can also install the free planetarium software Stellarium, put in your location and it will show what is up in the sky for any date or time.

Remember, MAGNIFICATION is the least important telescope quality. Aperture (the size of the lens in mm, or the size of the mirror in inches) , and quality optics is much more important than magnification. Usually I use no more than about 150 power in my 8 inch LX90 telescope. My usual magnification is somewhere around 100 power.

Again DO NOT buy those toy telescopes! It's a big waste of your hard earned money! Now go and read my Frequently Asked Questions TIP.

Clear Skies
Joe Lalumia

PS-- read these before you buy a telescope-

on Dec 27, 2009 | Optics

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Tasco 40-114675 - new telescope. I am lost. my first telescope and the directions are useless. I don't know the first thing about them. how are the lenses supposed to go? do I use the barlow all the...

DO NOT USE the barlow at all your scope is too small to get that much magnification.

Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the focuser and point it at a distant object during the day time. Practice focusing. The moon should be your first target at night.

Read my tips on my profile page.

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How far does it see in the sky

Did you "see" the sun today? Then you looked across 93 million miles without a telescope.

From a dark sky viewing site you can also see the Andromeda Galaxy at 2.5 million light years away--- without a telescope!

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Konusmotor 500 (230 x 114mm) Telescope: i can not see the planets...

Your telescope must be pointed DIRECTLY at them. Right now Venus, Mars, and Saturn at up in the evening sky after dark. Download a free planetarium software and locate the planets in the sky. is a free software program

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National geo telescope viewing saturn whats the chances

You can see Saturn it will be small however.

You can see Saturn WITHOUT a telescope -- it looks like a star in the sky. Download the free planetarium software Stellarium and it will show you what is up in the sky for any time or date. All of the planets follow the ecliptic across the sky-- the same path that the sun makes across the sky.

Saturn is in the Southeast after dark right now.

You can also download a free monthly star chart at

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Tasco Novice 30060402 Telescope MANUAL, MY EMAIL IS MOJOAOAO@YAHOO.COM

That is a tiny 60mm telescope not much larger than a pair of 10x50mm binoculars. You will not find a manual for that scope.

Sorry, but you bought a toy telescope. We call them department store telescopes. Read my TIPS on my profile page. Sky objects are very tiny and most of them are very dim. You should be able to see Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and a few of the brighter sky objects that you can SEE without a telescope.

Buy several good Astronomy books like "Turn Left at Orion" and "Nightwatch" and download the free monthly star chart at ; these will help you learn the sky and point the telescope. USE ONLY the eyepiece with the largest number written on it. This is your LOWEST magnification. About 100 power is the MAXIMUM for that size telescope.

Jan 29, 2010 | Tasco Optics

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How to use telescope at night?

Many people have the same problem-- with these small telescopes you are stuck with seeing only the moon, and several other planets, and maybe a few bright star clusters.

These are all TINY objects (except for the moon).... when you look through the telescope you are looking at a section of sky about the size of your fingertip held at arms length-- the scope must be pointed DIRECTLY at the object. Practice on the moon first-- and then try to find Saturn which is up in the sky right now-- it looks like a dim (slightly yellow) star.

Download a free star chart at ---

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Lens came off-where do springs go?

There are a bunch of Sky Tour telescopes ---

which model you actually have??

I am assuming you have what is called a Dobsonian mounted reflector like this one:

Is that correct?

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