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HI. I have the 45-300 Power Equitorial reflector telescope magnification 45-150x(90x300)and I am not sure how to put it together. I am wondering if there is a manual available somewhere on line or something. Thank you Dennis

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Not for JC Penny!

This is a reflector style telescope on an equatorial mount. The mount must be POLAR ALIGNED in order to use it. Never buy a telescope from Wal Mart or JC Penny etc etc-- these are usually "toy" telescopes that are NOT suitable for Astronomy.

Return it if you can and buy THIS telescope:

Read these two web sites:

Posted on Aug 23, 2010


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