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How to . . . Archives
Apr 19 2012 11:50 AM | tomharri in How to . . .
Here is my solution for a one trip, everything at once, no heavy lifting, already set-up to go, scope.
Author name: Tom Harrison
Mar 19 2010 06:33 AM | EdZ in How to . . .
This question comes up fairly often, particularly when people are interested in knowing the actual magnification they are using while viewing with an SCT. It has come up in
Author name: Ed Zarenski
Dec 22 2009 09:25 AM | Guest in How to . . .
The battery holder that comes with the telescope mount is a light plastic bag which contains a four-battery holder and some wire that are only lightly attached. I do not like this contraption so I redesigned my own
Author name: Rick Laws
Dec 17 2009 09:49 AM | Zamboni in How to . . .
As many astronomers know, no single type of finderscope can be considered the end-all and be-all of sighting equipment. Many observers have multiple sighting devices on a single telescope. One of the most common combinations is the
Author name: Tristan Schwartz
Dec 17 2009 11:56 AM | Guest in How to . . .
As many astronomy gazers might discover, dark adaption is the utmost priority in viewing the night sky. And, unless you're
Author name: Jordan McCullough
Dec 08 2009 07:24 AM | Awesomelenny in How to . . .
I have had the frustrations in connecting RoboFocus with CCD Soft in the setup. Even though CCD Soft does have RoboFocuser in its pull-down menu, the user like me is confronted with a nagging error message in CCD Soft saying it Failed to connect to Focuser! After I got this to work, I documented it.
Author name: Leonard Marek
Aug 25 2009 04:45 AM | Starman1 in How to . . .
Collimation is the alignment of the optical parts of a telescope. Though lining up the secondary under the focuser is essential for uniform illumination of the field of view, there are only two alignments in collimation: the focuser axis (done by adjusting the secondary mirror), and the Primary Axis (done by adjusting the primary mirror).
Author name: Don Pensack
Aug 06 2009 07:57 AM | deSitter in How to . . .
The Royce conical mirrors represent a great advance in Newtonian mirror technology
Author name: Danny Lunsford
Feb 20 2009 06:29 AM | mathteacher in How to . . .
Why make an alt-az pipe mount?
Author name: Ging-Li Wang
Feb 12 2009 12:15 AM | Guest in How to . . .
Modification of Meade Polar Finder
Author name: Norman Lloyd
Aug 09 2008 01:59 AM | Guest in How to . . .
How To Remove Humidity from the INSIDE of your SCT
Author name: Dan Kuchta
May 09 2008 02:26 AM | Guest in How to . . .
Other than seeing conditions, nothing will improve the optical performance of a telescope than accurate collimation - the act of ensuring that all optical and mechanical elements of a telescope are aligned as perfectly as possible
Author name: Peter Kennett
Apr 15 2008 07:47 AM | tannehill in Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)
This describes my installation of a cooling and boundary-layer scrubbing fan on my Bintel 302 mm Dobsonian telescope
Author name: Scott Tannehill
Dec 07 2007 01:10 AM | David Rosenthal in How to . . .
SkyView Pro German Equatorial Mount (GEM) made by Orion is a nice light weight, portable and stable mount
Author name: David Rosenthal
Sep 27 2007 02:15 AM | Bill Cheng in Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)
A Further Improved 4.25 Inch Unobstructed Oblique Reflector
Author name: Bill Cheng
Jul 27 2007 05:35 AM | tannehill in How to . . .
Web Cam-Based Newtonian Collimation using a Barlowed Laser Collimator
Author name: Scott Tannehill
May 21 2007 02:25 AM | desertstars in How to . . .
Thoughts on How and Why to Record Observations
Author name: Thomas Watson
Apr 04 2007 02:23 AM | Dennis_Oz in How to . . .
This article describes how I designed and built a portable, collapsible observing hutch
Author name: Dennis Simmons
Mar 24 2007 01:52 AM | JerryWise in How to . . .
I've always liked the look and feel of Carbon Fiber OTAs.
Author name: Jerry Wise
Mar 20 2007 05:16 AM | Darren Drake in How to . . .
Have you ever received a new prized telescope only to have cloudy skies for what seems to be weeks at a time?
Author name: Darren Drake
Feb 22 2007 03:16 AM | Guest in Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)
Update on My 16" UltraCompact/Ultra-Light Dob
Author name: Craig Combes
Dec 23 2006 06:58 PM | Ron B[ee] in How to . . .
If you're hesitant, afraid, or paralyzed with fear about clean the objective lens of your refractor, read what Chicken B[ee] has done.
Author name: Ron B[ee]
Oct 31 2006 05:08 AM | Guest in Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)
Most amateurs these days seem to want a goto scope, and those of us who are into ccd imaging all lust after the AP 1200’s and the Paramounts of the world
Author name: Gary McKenzie
Oct 26 2006 06:48 AM | jrcrilly in How to . . .
Like most amateur astronomy organizations, your club probably publishes a newsletter. They are generally used to distribute useful information to the membership
Author name: John Crilly
Sep 26 2006 06:18 AM | Lusty in Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)
The first and last Classical Cassegrain telescope I made was a 12.5-inch f/4 – f/16 system that had a 3.5-inch secondary
Author name: Jeff Beish