Using a new telescope

First, don’t rush and enjoy the experience of learning a new skill Check your telescope over indoors. Make sure you can adjust the vertical and horizontal position, that you know how the focuser works and how to change and secure the eyepiece. Take the telescope outside in the daytime and fit the lowest power eyepiece.…

Flocking

Lining the OTA of the telescope reduces unwanted internal reflections and has the additional benefit of keeping dew off the mirrors. To flock the OTA of my 8″ 300mm telescope, I used two 1m rolls of Black Velour Material. This is easily fitted to the tube without rippling. As I was removing the secondary and…

Mirror Cleaning

Over time dust will build up on the mirrors of a reflector telescope and the amount will depend on the conditions where you live and how you store your telescope. Dust can be minimised by keeping the aperture capped when not in use and storing the OTA with the primary mirror facing down. Dust will…

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