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SkyQuest XT8 IntelliScope (48 x 203mm) Telescope: Can someone please help me to collimate my telesco...

Can someone please help me to collimate my telescope?

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Can't see anything thru my orion xt 10 skyquest even after collimation

  1. Get Stellarium or another fine astronomy program
  2. During the day, point the telescope at a part of the landscape about 100 yards away.
  3. Use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number) in the focal tube.
  4. Center the landscape object in the telescope.
  5. Align the finder scope so that it points exactly where the main telescope is.
  6. At night, leave the scope out to reach thermal equilibrium (about an hour for small reflectors and refractors)
  7. If the scope is on a EQ mount, polar align.
  8. Point the finder at the moon. The moon should be in the main scope also.
  9. Practice finding the moon before you start on the planets
  10. Once you are comfortable with the moon and planets, you can go for the deep sky objects

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How to collimate the Meade 8 Inch LS telescope?

I believe the LS models have to be collimated by Meade.

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I have an Orion SkyQuest XT8 Dobsonian. I have had it for 6 years or so. I can't see anything through the eye pieces. It just has black spots. is it the eye pieces or the telescope?

Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the focuser. Go outside during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object.

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I bought a used Bushnell 114m reflector, needs alinement

I suppose you are talking about collimation is way off.

Read and watch these to get an idea of how to collimate a reflector

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Skyquest XT8

Here is the info page on the Orion web site:

You can also call Orion Customer Service. Some eyepieces will not come to focus. Try the one with the largest number written on it.

Also your scope could be way out of collimation. Watch this video:

Dec 15, 2009 | Orion SkyQuest XT8 IntelliScope (48 x...

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During the day time line-up the small finder scope with the main tube. Use the eyepiece with the largest number written on it. Site on a distant object with the main scope. Then line- up the crosshairs on the finder with out moving the main tube so BOTH are pointed at the same object.

Locate a local Astronomy club and attend their star parties. You have a good beginners telescope by the way.

Learn how to collimate the telescope. Watch this video.

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Replace connector on wire from DEC drive Motor on a LXD55 telesco

If you will post this question on the LX forum on: someone will know the proper sequence and color to reattach.

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Blury Meade DS 90mm refracting telescope.

Did you break the mirror? --- or did you knock it out of alignment with the small secondary mirror in the front of the tube?

Contact someone at a local astronomy club to help you with collimation on the scope if nothing is broken.
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Confused with RA setting circle with Orion XT8 Dobsonian

An Orion XT 8 DOB cannot be polar aligned??? The mount is ALT AZ ---

You would need an equatorial platform to polar align. There are no setting circles on a stock XT??

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