Last updated: 5 November 2006
Subject: focusing 60/70/80AT Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2006 16:11:47 From: Chuck Woodsman Appreciate your website. Someone may have posted these tips already; I have not read everything on your website. In focusing the above 'scopes, I found the easiest way was to place the side your index finger on the focusing knob and just move the finger back and forth, acting as a rack-and-pinion. After you get adept at this, focusing is not a real problem; I find this method easier than using a flex cable. A pain-in-the neck, however, is Meade's not supplying parfocal eyepieces; so you have to keep track of which direction and how far to focus when you change eyepieces and/or add a barlow.. A quick tip for some dep sky objects: I kept looking for the ring nebula and, after not seeing it, I almost gave up in frustration, when I realized that it is so tiny, that more magnification was needed. The autostar had placed it in the middle every time, but I had not realized it till I upped the magnification to a point where it did not look like a star. Keep up the good work, Mike, Chuck Woodsman
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