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Cannot see an image through the lens

I got this telescope for my 6yr old niece but for some strange reason, I'm unable to view any image through the lens. I can see an image through the main focal tube as such but when I try viewing it through the lens, nothing really shows up. What am I doing wrong?

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  • jwerda Nov 15, 2007

    I also just purchased this item, used, and we are having the same problem, perhaps I bought a broken scope....

  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2007

    yup...i'm having the same problem...will test it at night to see if the problem doesn't get better...

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2007

    Had the same problem. Tested it on a clear night and thought it was broken because I couldn't see anything. Kept trying to get a star and after trying for more than 30 minutes finally got it. It's very flimsy and will easily get out of focus even if you move it a millimeter. Not good at all for star gazing.

  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2007

    How do I focus clearly on outer space? I do not know how to adjust the knobs to focus in on space objects.

  • miss danzy Dec 25, 2007

    I bought the telescope for my 9 year old son, however, I can not focus the lenses to see the picture clearly. I can view the image clearly through the Finder Scope.


  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2007

    My sister bought my son this for xmas. We went out at night and could not see anything at all except in the view finder. I tried several things, I can't find a number to call anybody so I will probably be taking it back to the store. He was excited, and now is very disappointed so I will have to go find a different kind that isn't as difficult.

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2007

    I got a Vivitar telescope for Christmas and this same day I looked outside for a star.I found some stars and a constellation.I really wanted to explore it but the telescope just would not view anything.Was it too much lights around?We changed the lenses and even reconstructed it,but nothing worked!HELP!

  • Mister Big Dec 26, 2007

    I received this product as a christmas gift and cannot see anything at all, why?

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2007

    i jst can't see nothing

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2008

    Hard to focas anything only see about a two inch window.

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2008

    i bought a Vivitar refractor telescope for my 7 yr old nephew, but i cannot see anything. There was no manual in the box. what am i doing wrong?

  • teles Jan 07, 2008

    I got a Vivitar Refractor telescope for my 7 yrs old nephew, i cannot see anything. Yes, i took the lens cap off. There is no manual, what am i doing wrong.

  • Anonymous May 23, 2008

    I bought this for my grandson. I know it's a low budget item but we should be able to see something out of it! I have tried to view something out of each len seperate from the telescope but neither shows any image inside or outside the house. There is no adjusting for the actual lens. Is there a way to get new lens that will work?

  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2008

    yes the same problem

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  • Anonymous Jul 20, 2008

    I have used telescopes before and they are pretty straight forward and easy to use but I have two vivatar telescopes and I can see the moon more clearly with my naked eye. these tubes on tripods are not telescopes , they are junk

  • mespar04 Jul 21, 2008

    The telescope is completely build and I can't see anything thru the main lense.

  • mitachondria Dec 01, 2008

    i even removed the tiny lenses, nothing works!

  • spydergrl Dec 02, 2008

    I just bought this telescope and I'm having the same problem as many people have stated. I too set up the telescope the right way (the instructions are kinda vague) but I am unable to see anything through the lens. HELP!

  • jbm_mcgraw Jan 22, 2009

    yes. we have the same problem. we can get the image with the the small target scope but not with the big scope.

    The big scope you can see a star but it is blurry



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I bought one of these telescopes, and had trouble at first, but finally got some decent results. If you dont have any experience with telescopes, I suggest trying it first in daytime, since daytime objects are much better for getting experience. Also, start with the lowest power eyepiece, the 12mm 50x, the one with the largest lens. Start by looking towards something pretty big, like a car or a house, and it needs to be some distance away to even have a chance to get a focus. If your target is closer than about 1/4 mile, you should add the right angle eyepiece attachment to allow you to focus in on closer objects.

When you are finally set up with the low power eyepiece, and have a good big target in the daytime, start looking thru the telescope while turning the knob thru the entire range. At some point of knob turning, you should see some image appear in the eyepiece..Turn the knob slowly to focus it clearly.

And this is for the shaky tripod. If you can hang a book under the middle of the tripod, the added weight will help stabilize the telescope, and you should be able to see a little better, without so much motion at the slightest touch.

After you look at the first car or house, you can start to see how careful you have to be to use the telescope, and you can start to look at other objects. When you move to the higher power 100x eyepiece, it will be even more critical in getting it both aimed and focused. If its off by just a few degrees, you wont see what you are looking for.

When you start nightime viewing, start with the largest object in the sky, the moon. Its the same process as daytime, except the eyepiece mechanism will have to be adjusted a little closer to the main body of the telescope.

Viewing planets and stars will be the ultimate test. Stars and planets are harder to see, since they are small, and hard to see unless they are in focus. When you can see those views, you have passed the telescope test. Its a matter of careful aim, and having the telescope focus set close to the point where you can see objects that are VERY FAR AWAY. If you are able to focus on the moon, you will be fairly close to being able to focus on the planets. The hardest part is actually getting the planet in the view of the telescope, in other words, aiming it.

The last item that can really mess up the view is a fogged up lens. Usually this happens in the summer when the scope has been in the air-conditioned room, and then it fogs up when taken outside. The solution for this is to let the telescope sit outside for 20 minutes, so the fogged lenses can clear. By the way, the same fogging may happen when you bring the telescope inside during the winter.

I hope this helps you eventually get a clear view of some amazing views in the sky. Your final exam is to take a look at the moon, the rings of Saturn, and the moons of Jupiter, some time in the near future. Have Fun!

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