Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

sgl_imaging_challenge_banner_dslr_mirrorlesss_winners.thumb.jpg.9deb4a8db27e7485a7bb99d98667c94e.jpg

whirst1973

Need advice with a TAL - 1 Telescope

Recommended Posts

Hi all, just joined,

And have just used the Tal -1 telescope my wife bought me for xmas,(this being the third telescope i have had and all of the others have had faults, so third time lucky).

I have notice that the primary mirror seems to be loose and rattles around when I have moved the telescope. When I remove the small bung from bottom (this was to aide in acclimatizing the telescope) I can move the mirror with my finger with no force at all.

Is this normal or am i looking at yet another faulty telescope?

Any advice would be grateful.

Thanks in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All i see is a blank post here but you say TAL 1. Try astrobabys website, Mel did a full overhaul of one and there is plenty of info there

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all, just joined,

And have just used the Tal -1 telescope my wife bought me for xmas,(this being the third telescope i have had and all of the others have had faults, so third time lucky).

I have notice that the primary mirror seems to be loose and rattles around when I have moved the telescope. When I remove the small bung from bottom (this was to aide in acclimatizing the telescope) I can move the mirror with my finger with no force at all.

Is this normal or am i looking at yet another faulty telescope?

Any advice would be grateful.

Thanks in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi.

Sounds like the locking ring(found on the inner cell, on the rear of the mirror), needs a slight tighten?

As Nick suggests above, see A_B's page, here,

http://www.astro-baby.com/TAL%20Telescope%20Rebuild/TAL-1%20Telescope%20Strip%20Down%20Guide.htm

If you need any help, just ask away and someone will answer. Lots of Tal 1 users about.

Out of interest, what age is your scope?

Cheers,

Andy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bought new, or second hand?

There should be a plate(or printed on the rear primary mirror cell) with the serial # and year of manufacture on the back.

Andy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have a good read of A_B's page that I linked. The pics are superb and help explain how it all works.Whilst her's is an old scope, I believe the primary mirror cell mechanics have remained unchanged over the years.

It sounds like the big retaining ring needs to be gently tightened up, so it's pushing on the sprung ring, thereby pushing the mirror against the three padded tabs. Just a snug fit mind. Too tight and it'll cause the mirror to distort slightly, causing a triangular effect on star images.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got in contact with the shop I bought it from and was advised to return it, on inspection he has said that a small clip has come off one of three that hold the mirror

they can sort this out them selves and they will Collimate the telescope. this should be done by tomorrow.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good show !!

I've always found Green Witch to be a very helpful bunch.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.