MIDWEST SINCE 1986
Optical collimation is an important
aspect of owning any type of reflecting/compound telescope. Collimating the
scopes optics means that the mirrors are all optically alligned with each other
and focuser. It's important that this is done correctly otherwise your scope wont perform properly and
you will get smeared/unfocusable views. The process involves examining a bright
star (in and out fo focus) through a telescope and then making adjustments.
Under certain conditions you can also use a laser collimator instead. If you're uncertain about how to
go about collimating your scope, you should have a look at these. Refractor
telecopes generally are not user collimatable.
- Episode 1 of 6 of a series of videos on how to collimate your scope
- Sky and Telescope collimation page (Newtonian).
Collimation - Rod Mollise's advice on collimating a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
The manual supplied with your scope should have help regarding how to collimate your