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Collimation of Skywatcher MAC 127 EQ3-2

Postby galaxy » Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:46 pm

Hello All,
I'm new to my scope etc,and I have been told that if your scope goes off ie. gets knocked, it will prob need collimating? How will I know when its off and how can it be done on my telescope.
Regards,

Rick D.[&:]
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RE: Collimation of Skywatcher MAC 127 EQ3-2

Postby albireo » Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:46 pm

I found the best way to check collimation is using a laser colllimator.
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RE: Collimation of Skywatcher MAC 127 EQ3-2

Postby Chanctonbury » Sat Feb 25, 2006 4:03 pm

Rick,

You will get a pretty good idea if your collimation is off by doing a star check (difficult with all the clouds!) - if you notice that stars are no longer sharp pinpricks but rather more 'comet' shaped then it is a pretty good indicator that your collimation is off.

I am not well aquainted with your particular 'scope but the manual that came with it should detail the procedure to be carried out if required.
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RE: Collimation of Skywatcher MAC 127 EQ3-2

Postby piglet » Sun Feb 26, 2006 3:56 pm

Just to Add if you have lost your Instructions you can find them here [url=http://www.skywatchertelescope.net/Downloads/GENERAL_EQ3and5.pdf]http://www.skywatchertelescope.net/Downloads/GENERAL_EQ3and5.pdf[/url] it's in PDF format so Adobe acrobat reader is needed which can be found at [url=http://www.download.com/3000-2378-10000062.html]http://www.download.com/3000-2378-10000062.html[/url].

James
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RE: Collimation of Skywatcher MAC 127 EQ3-2

Postby galaxy » Sun Feb 26, 2006 8:23 pm

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RE: Collimation of Skywatcher MAC 127 EQ3-2

Postby fredbland » Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:23 am

Hi all... I feel very naughty...I have been using this forum now for some time without introducing myself but better late than never.... My name is Frederick (Fred)...I live in Hinckley leicestershire and have only recently taken up Astrology although I have been interested for years but have no technical knowledge on the subject whatsoever so I am starting from scratch.
No doubt the forum will be receiving many questions from me ... good luck th the forum..... Frederick
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RE: Collimation of Skywatcher MAC 127 EQ3-2

Postby les » Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:23 am

HI Fred,
Belated welcome[:)]But you mean ASTRONOMY surely[:@]Hope to hear from you soon.
Best wishes Les.
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