Bought this scope the other day and have been unable to use the Auto Align successfully. I have followed the instructions by setting the scope in the so called home position then started the two star alignment multiple times. Not once has it come close and I find it extremely difficult to manually align the scope. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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During the day: 1. Point to a far (1000 meters or more) object 2. Insert the lowest power (highest number) eyepiece e.g. 25mm 3. focus on the object. 4. Align finder to match what you see in the scope. At night. 1. Put scope out and let it reach the temperature of the outside. 2. Point finder to the moon (1st object you should always use to check scope and finder alignment) 3. Use the same low power eyepiece. 4. If everything seems fine, switch to a higher power eyepiece and enjoy the view. You may have to slightly adjust the finder to align with the main scope. If the views are blurry, the telescope may be out of collimation. Look on the internet for generic collimation instructions. If this still did not help. Throw the scope out! Its probably a piece of junk and will only discourage you.
Since you did not reply with make and model see the following general rules below. Always start with the highest number eyepiece (lowest magnification) and do NOT use the barlow until you get comfortable with the scope
Get Stellarium or another fine astronomy program
During the day, point the telescope at a part of the landscape about 100 yards away.
Use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number) in the focal tube.
Center the landscape object in the telescope.
Align the finder scope so that it points exactly where the main telescope is.
At night, leave the scope out to reach thermal equilibrium (about an hour for small reflectors and refractors)
If the scope is on a EQ mount, polar align.
Point the finder at the moon. The moon should be in the main scope also.
Practice finding the moon before you start on the planets
Once you are comfortable with the moon and planets, you can go for the deep sky objects
1. During the day, use the 17mm eyepiece on a object outside (telephone pole, water tower, etc) then align the finder to what you see in the scope. 2. Put in the 7.5mm eyepiece and fine align the red dot finder. 3. At night, point the finder at the moon (less than half moon or the image is too bright without a moon filter) Use the 17mm eyepiece. 4. Once you see the moon, switch to the 7.5mm lens and enjoy. 5. Download Stellarium or any free astronomy software and see what is in your sky tonight. Your scope should be able to see Jupiter and its moons easily.(Saturn, Mars and Venus when the time is right) Open clusters like Pleiades will be nice is this fast scope. 5. If stars are not sharp, you may need to collimate the scope. Look online for general instructions.
Align the small finder scope with the main tube. During the day time point the scope at at the top of a telephone pole and get the top centered in the eyepiece on the main tube. Then without moving the tube adjust the crosshairs or the red dot to point at the exact same spot.
If its new and defective I would strongly suggest you contact Meade tech support. They?ll get you fixed up and it should be covered by the warranty.
If you need parts Meade?s web site has a store where you can buy them direct. If you don?t see what you need listed call them up and ask.
Customer support: (800) 626-3233
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