Finderscope alignment

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Finderscope alignment

Postby WatchfulOutsider » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:45 am

Is it possible to align a finderscope at a distance closer than 1/4 mile? I live in a closely built up area and the best I can manage is an object about 300 yards away
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Re: Finderscope alignment

Postby Aratus » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:43 am

It shouldn't be a problem at 100 yards or more. By day, centre of the telescope view by using what you can see until you find a corner of a building, the centre of a window or treetop etc, and then adjust the finder accordingly. At night centering a bright star in the finder should show it somewhere in the telescope view. Centre it in the telescope, and adjust the finder once more. As long as you don't knock it, it will remain aligned.
I use an 11" Celestron SCT (CPC 1100) on an equatorial wedge, housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI1600MC and Canon 500D for imaging.
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