Why is my FirstScope showing everything upside down? Is there something wrong with it?

If everything is upside down when you use your telescope, don’t be alarmed! Astronomical telescopes are designed to produce an upside-down or inverted image. This is not a problem when looking at the sky, since orientation relative to the ground does not matter for a planet, star, or nebula. Newtonian reflectors show an inverted image when looking into the scope’s eyepiece from the rear (mirror end); the image will appear rotated at an angle when looking into the eyepiece from the scope’s side. So there's no need to worry--your telescope is working as intended.


Updated 11/5/13