How can I know if a telescope is in disrepair?

Aug 29, 2020
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I got an old tasco telescope. I tried zooming and focusing.
Often binoculars or telescopes R damaged from SHOCK of
having been dropped> Check for impact damage on Rim & U
might find a lens or prism has been dislodged, put it back in place

IF U can remove the eyepiece, aim telescope at the SUN & measure
Focal length, (distance from lens or mirror to focal point where solar
image s/b a clear solar disk w/sharp rim, NOT a fuzzy edge>

Telescopes create an IMAGE of distant objects suspended in space
just B4 eyepiece that serves to allow U to observe the suspended image
I got an old tasco telescope. I tried zooming and focusing.
You might also look for information on collimation. You may have misalignment of the primary or secondary, or more likely, both. This will disallow sharp focusing.

If you question, for some odd reason, the main mirror or lens, you can remove it and use it with a candle or other object and do what was mentioned above. At some point you will get a nice focus plane where the image should be sharp.
Try not to remove the objective unless you have to. If you do, a good refractor has two lenses, one to correct for chromatic aberration of the other (this is called a doublet). They usually put a pencil mark across both lenses so they can be put back with the correct orientation with one another. Pay attention to that.
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