Last updated: 22 January 2004
Subject: quick tip for newbees Date: 1/20/04, 13:48 From: walt peifer (firstname.lastname@example.org) Finally, got the hang of set up and alignment. Planetary viewing the week has been great. Mars, venus, Jupiter and Saturn very clear , Unaranus is so so with 9 ml and 2x Barlow. Heres the tip. When setting up tripod fully extend lower extension but leave 2 to 3 inches from locks on the middle or upper extension. When leving you can then either extend or retract leg to get proper alignment. First few time out I fully extended both halves of the legs, meaning I had to shrink 2 of them sometimes to get level instead of just stretching one. Power supply for the ETX 70 Radio shack number 273-1767a 9 volt at 300ma works my scope just fine even on the 40 nights. This is available with the correct 9-volt battery style tip. So no soldering or splicing. Neat. Thanks for all your help and the great posts Mike. Walt St Pete Fl
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