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I'm collimating my Skywatcher 150p reflector and have got so far with aligning the secondary according to AstroBaby's guide, however I seem to be at a conflict with the positioning in the focuser tube. It looks to be aligned up/down the main tube, but not left/right (looking into the main tube from the open end) or up/down when looking down the focuser tube with a collimating cap on.
i was told to align the secondary to the middle using the spider vane adjustments, but I can't see any other way to move the mirror than to adjust the spider vanes, which would result in the secondary no longer being precisely central in the main tube. Am I missing something? I hope these photos explain it better. To my eyes there seems to be clearly a larger gap at the bottom than at the top.
Hi, I know that there has been a couple of threads on how to collimate a newtonian, more specific, how to center the secondary mirror under the focuser.
I bought mine "Concenter eyepiece" for almost a year ago and can't praise it enough - it makes centering the secondary a breeze.
Have anyone else tried this? What is your opinion?
I have also read that some have questions of how accurate it is? - I might not know the answer to this question, but what I do know is that after I have been centering the secondary with the Concenter eyepiece, I finish of the collimation with the Catseye XLKP and Blackcat. The small adjustments I have to make of the secondary after adjusting it with the Concenter eyepiece tells me it is very accurate. It is just the absolute finest adjustments i have to make afterwards.
I have made a video of how it works and how it looks like when I am collimating my scope. (10" f3,4 astrograph)
Best regards, Daniel
By Anthony RS
I'm selling my my 70mm secondary mirror I used with my 150mm F4 newtonian for 100$ (final price). Shipping expenses (from Beirut, Lebanon) on me for free provided I use LibanPost for shipping. We can discuss using other shipping methods and maybe splitting the cost.
The mirror is brand new, still have the original package and box, bought the telescope a month ago and used only twice. No scratches, not even dust (images attached). Excellent mirror, no issues whatsoever, 94% reflectivity and optimized for the offset of f / 4 Newtons, but it can be used up to f / 5. It's from TS, made in Taiwan, original price is 134 euros (including VAT) excluding shipping and custom fees. Link below:
It does not come with the tilt screws and center screw though unfortunately.
I can also sell you the spider vanes (1mm thickness) for 6 inch newtonian for 25USD. Also brand new but without the tilt screws and adjustment screws. https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p11056_TS-Optics-Spinne-fuer-6--Newtons---164-mm-bis-180-mm-Tubus-Innendurchmesser.html
Let me know if interested.
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I have a question regarding dew heaters and power.
I have this on a SW 150PDS:
Heating power 2,2 Amperage (A) 0,18 Power supply 12 Cable length (m) 2
I have this on an orion 50mm guidescope:
Heating power 4 Amperage (A) 0,3 Power supply 12 Cable length (m) 1
And i have this Dewheater controller:
2A per channel.
Truth is my thoughts have been on other equipment and AP setup since im still a newbie in AP, so I've only used the secondary-mirror heater a couple of sessions.
My question is since there is adjustable power on the controller- How much do i turn the switches? Will full power affect seeing for example because of heated air? Is half a turn enough? Some general info on this?
I currently use a celestron powertank for power eq5 goto works fine. I'm looking at dew heaters and was wondering if anyone has found a 5v one as the powertank has only one 12v supply and 2 USB slots .I have just purchased a small 40mm fan to see if keeping the air flow within the reflector tube will prevent dew from forming .