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How do you align the 78-7860

A friend brought us this scope to see if we can get it to work. First step is to align the tube. The manual doesn't really have instructions on how to do this. Can't get past step one until we can do that. Thanks. Lloyd

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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.

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1. use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number in mm)
2. Point the scope towards a object (about 1000yds) away during the day and see if you can focus on the object. If you can not see anything during the day there is a problem either with the scope or set-up
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5. Once the above steps are completed, use a good star program to find interesting objects (Stellarium, Cartes du Soliel, C2A are all freeware)
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You will not find a manual. BUT you do not need one.

This is a very simple reflector telescope on an Equatorial mount. The mount must be polar aligned in order to properly use the scope. Read my TIP in my profile section about aligning an Equatorial mount.

The major steps are:

Align the small finder scope with the main telescope tube on a distant object.

Set the Declination axis to your Latitude.

Align the main tube with the axis of the mount.

Point the entire mount toward the North Star Polaris.

Use the fine RA & DEC knobs to center Polaris in the eyepiece.

See this web site and my tips--

This is why we NEVER recommend an EQ mount to a beginner. Polar Alignment just introduces one more FRUSTRATION to someone new to the Astronomy hobby.

The eyepieces simply go into the focuser. The Larger the number written on the eyepiece the LESS the magnification.

Take the scope outside during the daytime and practice focusing on a distant object using the eyepiece with the largest number.

The manual WILL NOT tell you how to find those small dim objects in the sky. It's just assembly instructions.It does not tell you how to become an amateur astronomer.

Locate a local Astronomy club and seek advice from the members, who will be glad to help you with your telescope.

Buy these two books available on

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Read my tips on my profile page, and read this:

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You have a 60mm refractor telescope on an equatorial mount. First the mount must be polar aligned in order to useit. Second I believe these take .965 eyepieces. Most amateur scopes use 1.25 inch eyepieces,

The eyepieces are very cheaply made. Some may also have plastic lens instead of high quality glass, and they are not muti-coated lenses.

Why am I saying all this? because this scope will frustrate you. The tripod is shaky and the connection between the mount and the scope tube is never solid. The scope will not stay pointed and it will be difficult to move it around the sky accurately. Sky objects are very tiny. Less than the tip of you finger held at arms length!

We never recommend an EQ mount to a beginner, and never recommend a 60mm telescope. You could have bought a pair of 10x50mm binoculars and they would have been much better for astronomy.

The manual will NOT teach you how to polar align the scope or how to find objects in the sky.

Read my TIPS on my profile page Frequently Asked Questions, and also the one on aligning an equatorial mount on the star Polaris.

This is the only manual I have ever found-- someone took images of the manual and posted it on-line-


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You can download a generic Simmons scope manual from the Simmons site at this link:

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During the daytime look at something far away in the main scope-- without moving the scope center the cross hairs on the finder scope.

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