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Can't see anything through the viewfinder, only when I remove the cap for the camera T does light pass through the tube. NO view through the eyepiece at all, only through the open T adapter hole.

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There is a small mirror in the back with a knob there that you turn-- one way is for the rear port view the other way if for the top eyepiece view.

Here is the manual--

http://www.meade.com/manuals/TelescopeManuals/ETXtelescopes/ETX-80AT.pdf

Posted on Mar 22, 2011

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I also don't understand what the black felt you refer to is. Telescopes normally have a protective cap over the front opening, which is removed for viewing, but I have never seen one made of felt.

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Press the MODE-SELECTOR BUTTON until the desired indicator appears on the LCD PANEL.
c3015.gif Fill flash and flash off modes remain selected after you take the picture. To cancel the selection, press the mode-selection button or close and reopen the lens cover/flash to return to the auto-flash mode.
Fill flash
c3014.gif When bright light indoors or outdoors comes from behind the subject (backlighting), dark shadows (especially on faces) may occur. Use fill flash to lighten these shadows.
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Flash off
c3013.gif When you do not want to use the flash, especially indoors where flash is prohibited, such as in theaters and museums, or when you want to take twilight scenes or distant subjects that are beyond the flash range, or capture the ambiance of existing light, use the flash-off feature. Use a tripod or place the camera on another firm support, and use high-speed film because the shutter speed in these situations will most likely be slow.
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c3016.gif Use this feature to include yourself in pictures.
  1. Use the TRIPOD SOCKET to attach the camera to a tripod or place it on another firm support.
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c3012.gif In this mode, the camera balances the flash and existing light exposure so you can take beautiful pictures of people at sunset or at night. Use a tripod or place the camera on another firm support, and use high-speed film because the shutter speed at night will most likely be slow.
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Being stuck with the tiny viewfinder as earlier cameras had is a good thing. Holding a camera out from your body will give mixed results due to your movements. You will get better results with the traditional method

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