How do I properly store my telescope?

First, bring the telescope indoors and allow it to acclimate to room temperature. This will allow moisture to evaporate. Once adapted back to room temperature, put on all caps and store out of direct sunlight. Do not display your telescope…

Why can’t I see anything through my telescope eyepiece?

Make sure you are using the lowest power eyepiece; this is the one with the highest focal number. Then rotate the focus knob slowly until your desired object is in focus. Finding a star initially can be difficult so it’s…

What is the solar safety warnings for telescopes?

Warnings:• Never use this telescope (or its viewfinder) to look directly at or near the sun. Viewing the sun can cause instant and irreversible eye damage.• Do not leave telescope unattended at any time. Untrained adults or children may not…

How is telescope resolution calculated?

Resolution is usually measured in arc seconds, which is an angular measurement of 1/3600 of a degree. There are two ways to calculate resolution, the Rayleigh criterion, and the Dawes limit. Rayleigh’s formula depends on the specific wavelength of the…

What is an erecting prism?

In the case of telescopes, the basic optical system is always upside-down, but an erecting prism inverts the image (orients to an upright view). In binoculars, erecting prisms are built into the optical system because they are used for viewing…

What is a secondary mirror?

A reflector telescope has two mirrors, a primary mirror and a secondary mirror. Light bounces off the primary mirror first, and then hits the very small mirror close to the open end of the telescope. From there, the light is reflected…

What is collimation?

Collimation is optical alignment. Rays of light are lined up accurately and parallel when a product is correctly collimated. Our products come properly collimated. Unfortunately, high vibrations or extreme temperatures (like being left in the trunk of a car) may…

Why can’t I see deep sky objects?

Environmental conditions can hinder deep sky viewing. For example, light pollution in a city can make it difficult to see astronomical objects. So can a cloudy day in a remote field. Additional factors for telescope viewing of deep sky objects…