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Androo46

Hello from Loch Lomond

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Androo46    1

Hi all, 

Just bought my first telescope and hoping to make use of the dark skies near where it stay. Decided to keep my first scope inexpensive and went for a second hand Skywatcher 114/500p. 

Just need to work out how to collomate it! Read and reread astro baby's guide but still not 100% I've got it. 

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Dave In Vermont    4,896

Hello & welcome aboard SGL - it's good of you to join us!

We're old hands at helping people over the 'speed-bump' of First Collimations. Do feel free to ask us.

Starry Skies!

Dave

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nightfisher    6,577

welcome to SGL, im sure you will figure the collimation, once you get it sussed its pretty easy

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Jforson    9

Hi and welcome from the other side of the national park.  There are plenty of reasonably dark skies within the park, for example try the northern part of loch lomond and the Dukes Pass in the Trossachs.  

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Mr Spock    5,134

Hi, welcome to SGL :smile:

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hippie    328

Welcome to SGL.

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sloz1664    490

Hi and a warm welcome to the Lounge :)

Steve

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ronl    706

Hello and welcome to SGL, hope you enjoy your time here.

Clear Sky's.

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Floater    2,213

Welcome. Hope you have lots of fun.

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JamesM    1,647

Hi Androo46 and welcome to the forum

Clear skies

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newtyng5    40

Hi there. Welcome to the forum. I went to Loch Lomond once, years ago. Lovely place, and amazing dark skies. Enjoy!

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Thalestris24    1,328

Welcome and lucky you having dark skies! But I guess clear skies not so much...

Louise

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Charon    1,161

Welcome aboard.

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Philip R    718

Hi Androo46 and welcome to SGL. :hello2:

Do you have a collimator? 

If it is a laser one, it may need collimating too. 

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Zayvin    13

Welcome! :hello:     ....not jealous in the slightest of your dark skies, honest!!  

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cletrac1922    75

Welcome from land down under

Collimation can be a bit tricky for a new comer

The simplest way is to buy a laser collimator

Align secondary mirror first with red dot centre of the primary mirror

When aligning secondary mirror, do not loosen the centre screw, as entire secondary mirror can move out of alignment

Then slightly loosen locking screws primary mirror, and adjust primary mirror until unable to see laser image centre of the target

Tighten securing screws ensuring primary mirror does not move out of alignment

Once done, no need to adjust, unless doing lot of travelling with your scope to dark sky locations

With practise, take you just a couple of minutes to collimate your scope

Happy Viewing

John

 

  

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Androo46    1

Thanks for the welcome everyone. 

I think I've got the collomation sorted. Just need some clear skies now! 

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