I am 12 yrs old and a future astronaut This is my first "Real" teliscope. PLZ HELP!!!!. I have recently built my new teliscope (Meade DS-2114) And this morning 2:52am I had for the first time alligned it. Averything seemes to work just fine. Then when I observe the north star. I see nothing but blackness.. :( . I checked everything. Removed lense cap, I re-allind the WHOLE thing according to date time daylight savings and the direction 'NORTH'. But I cant see anything! Then I relized that there was no light inside the teliscope? .____ Do I need a light? Or does it use reflecting light?___
Use the laser pointer that you put on the telescope when you were putting it together. or take the whole front cover off and look at the reflector and see if you see anything if you do try it again and see if this info helps please respond thanks and your welcome
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Assuming the altitude clutch is tightened, the next thing I'd check is the power supply. All these scopes behave weirdly if the supply is borderline. If you are using dry cell batteries, go to a mains supply or a lead acid gel type rechargeable battery of at least 10-12 Ah
Yes, you can. If the air is still, and free of haze and city lights, you can see details in a good scope, such as the polar caps and storms. At the other extreme it looks like a muddy red ball, but it is quite visible.
It could be something as simple as a BAD hand controller cable. First thing you should do is order a new cable. If this does not work ALONG WITH an outside 12 volt power pack. Then the scope will need to be returned for repair.
Very doubtful you will find this part. Meade does not support this telescope anymore. It may be possible to find a used one on Astromart.com by placing a WANT AD-- it will cost you $12 to register and place the ad.
Put the lowest magnification eyepiece in the telescope-- it's the one that has the LARGEST number written on it.
During the daytime, go outside and point the telescope toward a distant object at least 100 yards away and practice focusing the telescope--- turn the focus know very slowly. Do this until you learn how to get a clear view of the distant object.
Once you have it focused wait until dark --- don't turn the focus knob. Your first sky object should be the moon or Venus -- which is the BRIGHT "star" in the west after dark....