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It's the finder scope. Generally magnifications in the main telescope are too much to easily find your way around the sky. The smaller low-power scope enables you to find the object you are looking for - often it will have cross-hairs. This finder needs to be aligned to the main scope, then when you centre an object in the cross-hairs it will be the same as you see in the bigger telescope.

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And when you go hunting and then look through your finder scope and spend an hour trying to figure out why what you swear should be there is not there or anywhere else, remember that your finder is giving you an upside down mirror image that looks nothing like the constellation you are looking for :icon_biggrin:.

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