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    Hi Guys,

    I have a quick question, perhaps it was entered through a different forum. I just got the Bushnell 78-8840 for my bday and wouldn't you know, we got a whole bunch of rain. I can't go out to try and see anything until Thursday (it's Sunday night). In the meantime I was setting up the telescope and trying to make sure that I don't go out and end up seeing nothing. For some strange reason I don't see anything when I look through the eyepiece. The lense can and everything is off. I'm afraid I may have set it up the wrong way because the instructions are very unclear and didn't really help me much. Has anyone ever had that problem? I don't want to go out on Thursday and then not see anything. What am I supposed to see if the telescope isn't pointing at any stars? Please help! I'm completely new at this and don't really know much!!!


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    Is this the one ? Bushnell North Star 78-8840 Telescope If you are trying to use the telescope indoors there may not be enough distance between you and the object you are trying to look at ...Stars are really far away and company's build these scopes to focus on really distant things , Not something close ...By the way , Welcome to the forum....
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    That's what I figured but I thought I'd ask just in case. Thanks for the greet :-) and yes that is my telescope. Since I have your attention I was hoping to ask a few more questions. First, what exactly is a red dot finderscope? I don't really understand what it does and how to use it :-/ ... also I read on the website that it has an optional camera attachment so that I can take pictures of what I see through the telescope. Have you ever heard anything about that? I don't see any portals for camera attachments on there. I appreciate your help. With my experience on other forums people are usually really mean...which takes so much energy lol.

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    i do think to that your way to close to the object, you need to have somethng really far away for it to focus on,.
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    The finder scope is for getting you close to an object in the night sky and then zeroing in with the controls ...To align your finder scope with the main scope try and focus on a distant object like a telephone pole with the main scope , then adjust the finder scope using the adjustment screws ...I cant help you with the camera attachment ...

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    @ozzmozizz: that's what I was thinking too but the view is really dark and black. If I am in a room that is lit, wouldn't the view be white or bright? Or is it like a microscope where the light has to be going directly into the lense for me to actually see anything? Do you happen to know the answer to the questions I asked in my second post? Thanks!

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    Hi Luna
    I'm not familiar with the scope, but I can explain the red dot.

    This is an attachment that fits to the scope.
    It allows you to see a dot projected on the heavens where the scope is pointing.
    When you first use it, there's a switch to turn it on and there's a little battery inside that shines a red dot into the lens that is part of it. When you look through it the dot appears to be stuck to the sky rather than the little attachment - it's called a parallax eliminator.

    So to set it up.
    If you look through the main scope, and point it at a star and get the star right in the middle, then look through the red dot finder lens - it should be near the star, if it isn't, there's two adjustments - one up and down and one side to side.
    Adjust those until the red dot is on the star as well.

    Once that is done, you can look through the red dot finder and easily find a star or something and when you look through the main scope, it will be centred in the eyepiece.

    Don't forget to turn it off after you finish using the scope or the battery will go flat!
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    The effect of looking through the scope inside will be quite dark - since it's looking at a piece of a wall probably only a few centimetres across!
    Point it outside during the day andit will be bright enough for you to focus it on something.
    Read your little book that came with the scope to make sure you put the lens in right and took the cover off the other end and stuff.
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    Thanks Jennifer. Let me just make sure I understand you. When I see a star I actually have to look through the finderscope to make sure it's aligned? So look through the little blue filter to see if the dot matched up with the star? I'm an intelligent graduate student and I feel like a moron right now lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roverich View Post
    The finder scope is for getting you close to an object in the night sky and then zeroing in with the controls ...To align your finder scope with the main scope try and focus on a distant object like a telephone pole with the main scope , then adjust the finder scope using the adjustment screws ...I cant help you with the camera attachment ...

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    Your instruction manual should have directions for aligning your finder scope ..The reason you dont use a star is the earth rotates making the stars move accross the sky ...Use a distant stationary object on the earth ...
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