To get the most out of your Newtonian telescope you really need to align or collimate the mirrors. It can take some time getting used to collimating both the secondary and primary mirrors with our Cheshire collimator so we’re happy to offer you the best price for our laser collimator to speed up the collimation process for your telescope.
The next generation Laser Collimator from Corvus Optics for mirror (refractor) telescopes has a 45 degree plate made of aluminum for easier visual accuracy.
Collimation is the alignment of elements inside an optical system like a telescope. Collimating a telescope consists of adjusting the tilt and position of the mirrors and or lenses to ensure that the focal point reaches optimum focus at the point from which the image from your telescope will be viewed through the eyepiece or a camera for astrophotography.
Many factors can affect the collimation or alignment of your optical system and can cause the mirrors to move slightly such as vibrations from movement or expansion and contraction from temperature changes. A mirror which is not properly aligned will cause the light path of your telescope to shift. The changes to the telescope’s light path will cause an image to become blurry or unviewable.
In order to ensure that you’re seeing the best images your telescope is capable of providing, you should collimate you telescope before each use. Additionally you should collimate your telescope any time images become blurry.
Please be aware the you do need to collimate the laser collimator itself. You will receive the collimator as well as instructions. If you want a fun way to collimate your collimator check out this post for the Craig Stark’s lazy laser collimator collimator.
We’re sure you’ll love our products (we only sell telescopes and telescope accessories we at Corvus Optics use ourselves) but returns are accepted within 14 days. Please email us first (and wait for our reply), but you can return your item to us for exchange or refund (minus actual shipping costs).
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