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Re: reflector telescope

Postby Gfamily2 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:33 am

Wales1989 wrote:Hi, I’ve just bought a reflector telescope and I’m having some trouble seeing through it. The telescope is all mounted correctly and the right way but I can only see things behind me rather than in front. Can anyone help? It’s my first time using a telescope so I’m pretty clueless at the moment. Thank you.


Hi and welcome.
You often see people selling the scopes on ebay etc with the telescope the wrong way around, so it can be easy to mount it the wrong way around if you're not familiar.

The telescope should be mounted so that the open end is pointing forwards and up, and the mirror (at the bottom end of the tube) is lower.
The focuser and the eyepiece are near the open end.

If you have a local astronomy society, it can be worth finding if they have observing evenings where you can take your scope along and get advice on how best to set it up to get the most from it. Even if they don't have observing evenings, there will usually be someone who will show you how to set it up in the carpark.

Hope this helps for starters :)
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Re: reflector telescope

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:44 pm

Wales1989 wrote:Hi, I’ve just bought a reflector telescope and I’m having some trouble seeing through it. The telescope is all mounted correctly and the right way but I can only see things behind me rather than in front. Can anyone help? It’s my first time using a telescope so I’m pretty clueless at the moment. Thank you.


Please post a photo here and we may be able to help. Small refractors are easier to begin with.
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