posted on Nov, 29 2012 @ 02:45 PM
reply to post by Spares
lol, that is ONE thing you will learn from telescope manuals. They mainly use the same manual for ALL their Newtonians, and just change the one page
on which they write the specs of your specific telescope, lol ..... The fundamentals for all Newtonians are the same, so they don't bother to rewrite
it for your specific telescope.
So you can download the manuals for Celestron, Meade, Skywatcher, etc, etc, etc, and use their optical alignment procedures if you find it better
Ignore what the manual pic shows as to how many legs there are on the spider. It can be either 3 or 4 for a Newtonian. Feel the secondary mirror
holder with your fingers, taking care not to touch the mirrored surface, and feel if the secondary mirror is firm. If it is firm, don't worry about
Another thing, patience is essential.... If you get into amateur astronomy, you must learn patience. There is no rushing things. Take it slow, learn
your telescope, first in daylight, see how mechanical movements on your equatorial mount corresponds with movements of the optical tube, learn how to
read the scales on your telescope (declination, Right Ascenscion), and then have a guide that shows you the RA and dec of stars.... But assuming you
have an equatorial mount (RA and dec), you will need to learn and play a lot before you can go straight to a star. The perfect optics are just a part
of the equation, celestial mechanics is the other part, but good luck, it is a highly rewarding hobby.
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