An Intro of sorts

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An Intro of sorts

Postby padswift » Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:53 pm

Its difficult to find people, interested in astronomy and willing to help a poor uneducated chap like myself...especially in these parts I think (Wallsend). I'd really be thankful of some assistance in colibrating my newtonian 8 inch coz ...well I'm scared frankly, cos I've never done it before and can't afford the swanky tools to make it easier...pity me please if you can help!!!...Oh yes and greetings to you all of course...I didnt realise that The Sky had a magazine page aswell as the BBC effort..but I look forward to learning things new, and far beyond the realms of my actual ability to learn!!!Its fun to try tho...hee hee Pad
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RE: An Intro of sorts

Postby gammalog » Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:00 am

Hi Patrick and welcome.

Collimation is not a difficult task and the 'flashy tools, as you call them, aren't esential. However, with a Newtonian Reflector, a simple device called a "Cheshire Eyepiece", does make the task a little easier.

Rather than go into a detailed description on Collimation, I'd recommend that your do a "Search' for Collimation on the web. You will find a multitude of articles describing the process, which you can then print out, and have to hand when actually doing the job.

Here's an example:

[url=http://www.fpi-protostar.com/collim.htm]http://www.fpi-protostar.com/collim.htm[/url]
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RE: An Intro of sorts

Postby paul j » Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:00 pm

welcome to the site Patrick, new here myself and new to astronomy myself as i started in nov 05.
also checkout this site for Collimation, theres a downloadable PDF file that gives a good explanation.
once you've got the idea of collimation it's easy and only takes a couple of mines to get it spot on.

[url=http://www.backyardastronomy.com/chapter6/page1.html]http://www.backyardastronomy.com/chapter6/page1.html[/url]
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RE: An Intro of sorts

Postby jsc248 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:30 pm

Hi Patrick
Welcome to the hobby and the forum. You'll find someone here who has all the answers to questions you might post.
Best wishes
John jsc248
To me astronomy is looking up and thinking "What the heck is going on up there!!"
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