First post here. After 20 years, I finally accomplished a lifelong goal - I bought a solar telescope. In hindsight, maybe I shouldn't have bought the Coronado solarmax III double stack...
I read the very poorly written handbook and also read through many of the forum posts here. I can't seem to figure out how to operate the scope!
Here is what I have done so far:
- Both etalons are flat
- I've rotated the outer ring all the way in and all the way out
- I've changed the focus from all the way in to all the way out, and also pulled out the entire mirror diagonal
- Can't focus any part of the sun - can't even get it in the eyepiece (tried all three) with any sort of reliability. I have to keep looking inside the eyepiece funny to try to get any red halo visible.
I am seeing a red blob. Not multiple blobs as if one of the mirrors was damaged - just one blob. Focusing does seem to clear up the image, but I never see the sharp edge of the sun as others recommend doing first.
What am I doing wrong? This is a brand new scope!