Jump to content


CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Collimation Assistance

  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 epdesibabu


    Lift Off

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1
  • Joined: 23 Jan 2023

Posted 23 January 2023 - 09:57 PM

Hello Forum Friends,


I pulled out my Orion SkyView 6" Deluxe after more than 8 years in storage, after all the heating and cooling I am sure it is out of collimation.  Is there anyone in the Austin/Round Rock TX area who has collimation tools offer me a hand?  I can bring my scope to any park close to where you live.


Thank you


  • sevenofnine likes this

#2 truckerfromaustin



  • *****
  • Posts: 496
  • Joined: 08 Apr 2022
  • Loc: Wherever I park my truck for the night.

Posted 24 January 2023 - 03:26 PM

Your best bet is to join the Austin Astronomical Society and attend on of their star parties. You should be able to find someone that can show you how to collimate your scope and might even have the tools for the job. Another option is to find a youtube video showing how to visually collimate the scope. In theory I live in Round Rock, but it's rare that I'm home.

Clear Skies and best wishes,

#3 David Castillo

David Castillo


  • *****
  • Posts: 2,701
  • Joined: 09 Sep 2006
  • Loc: Carmel Valley, Ca

Posted 24 January 2023 - 06:51 PM

If you are a Facebook member, log in and search the AAS roster and see if you can reach out for help here (if not they are hosting a star partyFeb 2):



Edited by David Castillo, 24 January 2023 - 06:55 PM.

#4 sevenofnine



  • *****
  • Posts: 4,091
  • Joined: 16 Apr 2016
  • Loc: Santa Rosa, California

Posted 28 January 2023 - 12:20 AM

Collimation is very easy with the Orion Lasermate Deluxe ll. This video will show you how to do it waytogo.gif


https://www.telescop...rion lasermate .



Edited by sevenofnine, 28 January 2023 - 12:21 AM.

#5 Philip Jodry

Philip Jodry

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 737
  • Joined: 26 Dec 2022

Posted 28 January 2023 - 10:51 AM

My thought is test your telescope before worrying about collimation. Too much fuss is ok for a princess, but not necessarily a mechanical device.

#6 Meterman


    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 531
  • Joined: 25 Jul 2021
  • Loc: Alamogordo, NM, USA

Posted 28 January 2023 - 02:11 PM

As suggested above find a local club and ask for help. Most are filled with friendly people who are willing to help. 


If you purchase a laser be careful, especially with cheaper ones. A laser is useless if it isn't properly aligned and can put your scope out of alignment. My main go-to alignment tool is a basic collimation cap. I normally only use the laser to check after dark. 


This thread is a good starter on collimation and there are many YouTube videos, too. 




Learn what a "star test" is, too. It's a good way to check collimation. 

Edited by Meterman, 28 January 2023 - 02:14 PM.

#7 Spile


    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 621
  • Joined: 27 Dec 2020
  • Loc: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, UK

Posted 28 January 2023 - 04:49 PM

Feel free to give my guide a try https://astro.catshi...limation-guide/

  • truckerfromaustin likes this

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Recent Topics

Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: Collimation

Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics