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The mirror at the bottom of the scope is out of line what to do so that it is in the right position

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You need to collimate the scope.

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Use meade 644 flip mirror system

Need more information- several Meade scopes have a flip mirror like the ETX 90 for example. Usually it is in the position to use with an eyepiece. However it can be flipped so the rear port can be used on the telescope.

Hope that helps. There is a known issue with these old flip mirrors- the adhesive holding the mirror can fail. You must disassemble the scope and apply new adhesive to hold the mirror in place.

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My scope was knocked over....the reflector mirror fell out. How do I repair it? Please help me. I have yet to use the scope.

Most reflector mirrors are held inside the tube with a metal mirror cell that has clips that hold the mirror.

Remove the mirror cell at the bottom of the scope and re-clip the mirror back into the cell.

The scope will need to be collimated -- once the mirror is back in.

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Nov 07, 2011 | Tasco Luminova 40114675 (675 x 114mm)...

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We have our telescope set up but cannot see anything out of the lenses. we have tried all different lenses but without success. Currently there is one star we can see with our naked eye. We cannot see it...

If you look at the PICTURE in your qusetion FIXYA has the scope POINTED at the ground! :)

You have a reflector style telescope. The mirror is the bottom of the scope, and the focuser is on the UP end of the tube pointed UP. Many beginners mount these scopes UPSIDE DOWN with the focuser on the bottom instead of the top (side) of the tube.

Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the focuser. DO NOT use the 2x barlow if you have one. Take the scope outside during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object. You must also line-up the small finder scope on top with the main tube.

POINT the scope at the top of a distant telephone pole. Without moving the main tube, adjust the cross-hairs on the finder scope so they point at the same spot as the main tube.

Read my TIPS on my profile page.

Feb 26, 2011 | Tasco Luminova 40114675 (675 x 114mm)...

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I got an inphase telescope for a present secondhand. There are no instructions and I have never used one before, could you advise me please?

The bit of information I can find on this model tells me this scope is probably a Newtonian reflector Telescope.

The following is the most basic steps I can think of to get you in the driver's seat.. by doing a few simple internet searches in regards to astronomy.. you should be able to greatly expand on my few simple tips.

The primary mirror is at the bottom.. the heavy end.. of the tube... if you can see screws holding it in place... resist the urge to "tighten them up".. doing so will probably misalign the mirror.

You should have a small finder scope mounted on the side

Near the finder scope will be the eyepiece/holder with focuser.. all this should be closer to the skyward end of the scope than the earth end of the scope.. so to speak.

As you peer into the eyepiece you are basically looking at a right angle to the primary mirror into a smaller secondary mirror which in turn is reflecting the image of the primary (bottom) mirror. By adding various eyepieces with different magnification factors you are enlarging that image.

Most folks don't realize how bad a typical looking glass mirror is..but if you look really close at the old bathroom mirror.. you will see how much the glass distorts the image reflected on the silver coating.

Which is why your telescopes mirror has a top coating of silver on the glass.. not behind the glass..

To get started..

I suggest doing all of the following things during daylight hours or near dusk on a clear nite so you can see what you are doing.. to get familiar with the scope.

Using the lowest powered eyepiece you have.. once inserted into the focuser .. aim the telescope at an object a few hundred yards away and attempt to focus..

Remember that everything will be upside down.. looking at the moon, planets and won't really matter.

Once you have managed to point and focus easily.. you can align your finder scope.. again.. using a fixed terrestrial target

Aim the scope at this object.. the further away the object is.. the better.. get the object as close to center as possible.. slightly increase the magnification if you have a stronger eyepiece.. if not.. proceed.

Fix the scopes position by tightening any set screws on the mount.

Check the position of the spotted object again ..make adjustments until you have the object centered.

Look through the finder scope.. adjust the mount screws until the object is centered in the crosshairs..

Check all settings.. your done.

Start out looking at the brightest objects in the nite sky using the lowest magnification..

Once you become familiar with how to find/spot and focus on simple bright objects.. like the moon and perhaps Jupiter... you can read various articles at websites such as Sky and Telescope to learn how to properly align your scope with the polar (north) star.. of course this depends on the type of mount.. and drive if any... Or simply enjoy point and look backyard astronomy.. some of my most fun star gazing has been using bincoulars.. a star chart.. and a lounge chair.

Remember to keep it simple at first.. be ready to dress warm.. and take your time.. your eyes will need almost 30 minutes to really adjust to nite this cooler weather it helps to let the scope cool down for a while outside (covered) to keep things aligned properly.. of course the darker it is the better the view..

Even inexpensive scopes can give a lot of satisfaction to a point... especially if it's your first..

Good luck!


Jan 30, 2011 | Optics

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Here?s my problem : My scope model is LX200R 14?. I?ve pulled the focuser shaft out of the focuser arm pin. I?ve turned the locking lock knob several turns before putting back the focuser shaft. I...

Steward, this is Joe Lalumia-- I have seen your post on various forums. The 14 inch is different from the other smaller LX200 scopes.

Probably Dr. Clay, and or Andrew on the Yahoo Group LX200 forum will know the answer because they service these scopes.

Post a message there (register for free) and one of them will answer you about that very nice scope.

Clear Skies!


Dec 14, 2010 | Meade LX200R 14 in. Telescope

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I used the collimation eyepiece to collimate my telescope.But I dont know if it's properly aligned. The knobs on the bottom of the tube are turned fully clockwise, and the black dot in the eyepiece is...

Before you do anything else, take the scope outside on a good night, find a semi- bright star (Polaris will do). Let the scope cool down! (about 45 minutes) use your highest power eyepiece and put the star in focus.
Now take the star out of focus (inner focus or outer focus) you should see a dark circle in the center with symmetrical rings around it (airy rings). If the dark circle is in the center and the airy rings are symmetrical, your telescope is collimated
Check both inner and outer focus, they should be close to the same. If not you should re-collimate.
Best done with fainter stars but for now stick to the brighter ones.
Because I own 3 scopes, I use a Hotech laser collimator. its quick and easy. Worth it if you travel with your scopes to dark sites

A good guide on how to collimate

Oct 16, 2010 | Celestron NexStar 130SLT (31145) (306 x...

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I do not get anything through the telescope but blackness.... It is assembled right and all the lens/mirrors are in the right place...

DID you mount the telescope BACKWARDS? The large mirror is on the bottom of the scope, the focuser on the side of the tube is on the UP end of the tube. I have seen many beginners mount these with the actual open end of the tube pointing at the ground!

Take the scope outside during the daytime and put the eyepiece with the LARGEST number written on it into the telescope. Practice focusing on a distant object.

At night the moon should be your first target. Remember that objects in the night sky are all smaller than the tip of your finger held at arms length. The scope must be pointed directly at them in order to see anything in the eyepiece.

Read my tips on my profile page, and download this free monthly star chart.

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Look in, dont see does light get from front to view lens anyway??

If your scope looks like the picture, this is called a reflector.

Light enters the front of the tube (the end where the focuser is attached on the side) -- then travels down the tube to the mirror on the bottom, then bounces back up to the smaller secondary mirror located underneath the hole in the focuser.

THE END with the focuser is on the UP end -- the end with the big primary mirror is on the BOTTOM.

You may have mounted the scope upside down with the focuser end pointed at the GROUND instead of the sky.

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Unless you are very competent with optical instruments, I would recommend taking it to an authorised service centre. Opening these type of scopes up will cause humidity to enter the optical tube and you may end up with condensation inside the scope. Extremely minor variations in the positioning of the various mirrors and prisms will be likely to render the scope unusable. The add-on accessories are able to be removed and cleaned, however considerable care is required Here is the link to the user manual; And here is the link for further info - they should be able to tell you where to take the scope for service. Hope this helps :)

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