Hello! Newbie here also with telescopes, so take everything with a grain of salt.(I just got mine yesterday)
Does your manual include collimation instructions? After assembling it I decided to check the collimation (I don't have a collimation cap or anything so I just did it by looking with my eye) and following the instructions in the manual:
1. Look (either with a collimation cap or with your eye) through the focuser: (I don't know how to upload images so here you go - https://imgur.com/a/qcvxBoO, fig d - needs adjustment, fig e - the secondary mirror is properly aligned ). If you can't see the three clips - the secondary mirror needs adjustment (look in your manual)
After either is good or aligned it properly you want to look at the primary
2. Look through the focuser (https://imgur.com/a/HqO736V). If it's like the last two images, than the telescope is collimated, if not, again, use your manual. If the image is similar to the first one, than it needs collimation.
I did this in daylight so it would be easier. At night I looked at a star out-of-focus to see if it's collimated or not (you can also do this first, I just had some time in the afternoon and decided to look at it in daylight)(https://imgur.com/a/zOfDtKG)
Here are some readings that helped me as well:
the collimation instructions from my manual: https://www.apm-tele...tcher/en/47.pdf
Personally, mine was perfectly collimated! Hope this helps
Edited by Sorana, 15 July 2020 - 06:10 AM.