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Tasco galaxsee i cant seem to work the telescope out i have set it up, and put the magnification peices in but everything still looks the same. when i looked at the stars they were a similar size looking through the telescope as with the naked eye. what am i doing wrong?

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Tasco galaxsee i cant seem to work the telescope out i have set it up, and put the magnification peices in but everything still looks the same. when i looked at the stars they were a similar size looking through the telescope as with the naked eye. what am i doing wrong?

Nothing------ stars are always JUST STARS no matter what scope you are using. They are too far away to see a disk. Point this scope at Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mars-- or other star clusters and the moon.Remember stars are always just points of light-------- using Google look up the "Messier Objects"--- there are 110 of them in the night sky at different times of the
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Is inverted image normal

Most astronomical telescope show upside down images-- no problem as up or down do not exist in space!You can buy an "erecting" diagonal for terrestrial use.
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We had the 20mm eye piece in and we turned the focus all the way clockwise so the eye piece was all the way in. We had the cover off, we had a very clear starry night, we live in the country, moved the scope around for 20 minutes, trying to find any star, and could not see anything...did we do something wrong? When you are looking through the star finder with the LED, so you psotion your head behind the scope barrel and try to put the star in the LED or do you 6" away or where, because as I moved my head, the site changed. By using the scope in the daylight, looking at an object and focusing it in, how does that correspond to us being able to use it at night? We are excited to use this, but are frustrated .... thanks for your help.

First find a local Astronomy club -- the members will help you.Second, you must first align the red dot finder with the main tube-- there are knobs on the side and bottom (usually) to move the red dot. Point the scope at the top of a telephone pole in the distance during the day time-- wget the top in the center of the eyepiece of the main tube. Without moving the main tube adjust the red dot so it points at the exact same spot.Turning it all the way in or out is NOT how you focus-- there is a small "spot" when the eyepiece is in focus, and every other eyepiece must be refocused. Turn the knob slowly until the star or the moon comes to sharp focus.Read my tips on my profile page.
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Aligning my scope and slewing problems

You need to synchronize the telescope with stellarium. Center the telescope on a known star, then select the same star on the laptiop and 'synch' with it.
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Daylight / night focusing problem meade

First read the manual-- cover to cover: during the daytime-- put the lowest magnification eyepiece you have into the telescope(it's the one with the largest number written on it)-- and practice focusing on a distant object at least 100 yards away. You have a GOTO scope but you must follow the alignment procedure in the manual for the scope -- or it will NOT find anything. The moon should be your first target at night--Also suggest that you contact a local Astronomy club and attend their star parties-- they will be happy to help you learn how to use the telescope.
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Just black Hi I just recently bought a Meade ds-2114ats-tc and I tried to use it last night with the kids, unfortunaltey after we set up the telescope all we could see was black. Yes we did make sure that the lens cap was off and that there was nothing blocking anything, we also tried setting it up in a couple of different spots in the back yard where we were close to a light source and also away from a light source. Basically everything I tried did not work but I am new to this so I could be doing something wrong still. I tried to manually look at the brightest star in the sky and still nothing....just black. Could I be setting this up in an area where there in either not enough light getting in or to much? This is my first time using a telescope so I don't even really know if I should be setting this up in the complete dark area or with a light source around like a backyard light for example. I am extremely confused please help.

I just got one of these today and they are different. My guess is you are having a focusing problem rather than alignment. Assuming of course you are removing the larger dustcap and not just the smaller one ha ha ha. The instructions include how to align but maybe you can use this Mine has two dustcaps, one full size with a smaller one in its center. Had the smaller one been offset it could have been used as an aperture stop to reduce thermal effects on bright objects such as Jupiter and the Moon. Another thing is a built in barlow within the focuser draw tube. This inreases the focal ratio of "f" number and makes align far more trickier than if it had been a straight Newtonian. Set-up the scope under and point at the bright blue sky in the day time. Pull off the small center dust cover and make sure the diagonal holder is centered under the small hole in the larger dust cover. If not that can be accomplished by adjusting the three thumb nuts on the front edge of the tube. Once this is done remove the larger dust cover and peer into the focuser from the side with the eyepiece removed. You should see blue sky and all the components should be centered. One can judge fairly well that their eye is centered but a simple trick is to draw an eyepiece sized circle on a piece of paper and using a pick or pencil, poke a small hole dead center on the circle. Place the circle centered over the draw tube and peer through that. No other tool will improve on the accuracy of this almost free and simple one. Now moving your eye closer to the focuser you should see the reflection of your own eye or in this case the hole in the center of the paper. The paper reflects and transmits enough light that it provides a bright enough targert to canter. Now you must experiment to determine which component is mis-alighned and what adjustment is required to correct. Try flexing each componet before loosening any adjustment screws.This will give you an idea of which component and in which manner it needs to move. Now my guess is, while you have some mis-alignment the almost f:9 focal ratio makes the image extra dark and so contrasty that if you are out of focus all you will see is dark. With your 28mm eyepiece, now point the scope at a daylight scene some distance away and bring the image to a focus. Note hoe far your draw tube is extended so you will be in that neighbohood come night time. I suspect this was your problem more than mis-alignment.
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I have a tasco galaxsee 14-114375. when i look through the high powered eye peice i can never find the object. i can see colours if i look at buildings and such, but if i try to see a star its just black. i am lining it up right on the crosshairs of the eyefinder and its just black when i look through the high powered one. whats wrong?

1. Your finder is not properly aligned with the telescope. Therefore you are not looking at what the finder is looking at. 2. Max. power of the scope is 250x (if everything was perfect and it ain't) 375x like they say on the box is a LIE! Tasco eyepieces are junk and you may be suffering from eyepiece "blackout" magnification = 500(focal length)/ eyepiece focal length
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Cant find the stars

You need to have the sighting scope and main tube realigned.
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Problem focusing on distant objects

Collimate your and telescope shows you how to do's under 'Do-It-Yourself' section.hope this helps :D
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Scope is burry

What eye piece (EP) are you using? It is much better to start off with a low power eyepiece (say a 25mm - the higher the mm on the EP the lower the power) as a high power EP (say a 10mm) will give a very narrow field of view and will be much more difficult to get things into focus. Try focusing on a terrestrial object, like a tree top, to get the hang of the focuser and then try the moon. I have an 8SE and it can be fairly finicky on the focus until used to it.Most of the stars and planets will be little more than dots. You should be able to make out the phases of Venus, the bands on Jupiter and some of its moons and the rings of Saturn, but if you are expecting Hubble type images then sorry to disappoint you. There are also times when the skies appear clear but due to "seeing" conditions, sharp focus is not possible. Remember we are looking through a few kilometres of moving air. Try joining They are a friendly and helpful group.
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