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Old 07-23-2013, 08:22 PM
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Default Re: Hatbox Telescope and Mount

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Originally Posted by Wonderwino View Post
Nice. Do you have to calibrate the mirrors each time it is set up or are there accurate enough stops in the legs to make this only an occasional necessity? I would guess you have to use this in very dark places. That stray light effect...
The ability to adjust the primary mirror is built into the lower section, and can be adjusted while looking through the eyepiece. It is performed once after each assembly. The adjustment of the secondary mirror is very easily performed also. The distance between sections is kept constant on all sides when Joining with the poles. I use an 'Astronomical Story Stick' when setting the distance between sections.

There is a black nylon shroud that wraps around the assembled telescope, which is used under all circumstances. It is used at night even in Northern Vermont.
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