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I am a beginner and received the Skywatcher Heritage 130 a month ago. I cannot get an image through the eyepiece, I have put my telescope on a higher table, thinking that might be the problem. Can you help? Much thanks, Susan

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You did extend the tube?

Watch this video:

It is a demonstration of the scope. Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it and practice focusing on a distant object during the day time.

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