Solomark Universal 1.25 Inch Collimation Eyepiece with Cross Hair for Newtonian Telescopes for Celestron, Orion, Skywatcher Etc (1.25″ Long Collimation)

Solomark Universal 1.25 Inch Collimation Eyepiece with Cross Hair for Newtonian Telescopes for Celestron, Orion, Skywatcher Etc (1.25
  • This provides an exact alignment of the Cheshire so that the collimation result will be accurate even if there is play between the Cheshire and the focuser.
  • For Newtonian telescopes: Insert the Cheshire like a normal eyepiece into the telescope focuser. Turn the porthole on the side towards a light source and look into the pinhole of the eyepiece. Once the crosshair and the reflection of the secondary mirror are concentric the telescope is properly collimated.
  • For Refractors: When looking through the Cheshire you will see as many reflected discs as there are glass-to-air surfaces. (Example: An air-spaced doublet refractor will show four reflected discs, of which usually two are brighter.) Once all these rings are concentric the telescope is perfectly collimated.
  • Fully metal construction.
  • Compliable with Newtonian telescopes and Refractors.

The SOLOMARK Cheshire eyepiece has a broad rim on which it rests when it is inserted into the telescope’s focuser. This provides an exact alignment of the Cheshire so that the collimation result will be accurate even if there is play between the Cheshire and the focuser.

For Newtonian telescopes:
Insert the Cheshire like a normal eyepiece into the telescope focuser. Turn the porthole on the side towards a light source and look into the pinhole of the eyepiece. Once the crosshair and the reflection of the secondary mirror are concentric the telescope is properly collimated.

For Refractors:
When looking through the Cheshire you will see as many reflected discs as there are glass-to-air surfaces. (Example: An air-spaced doublet refractor will show four reflected discs, of which usually two are brighter.) Once all these rings are concentric the telescope is perfectly collimated.

A slight misalignment usually is no problem, however if the rings are drastically excentric then the telescope should be recollimated. Hands-on Advice by SOLOMARK: When collimating a refractor you should put the Cheshire directly into the focuser. Do not use a star diagonal, which in itself might be slightly miscollimated. You will need to keep the lens cap on the focuser, else the image will be too bright and you will not see the much fainter reflections.

When collimating a Newtonian telescope we recommend to rotate the telescope until the focuser looks straight up, and then to insert the Cheshire without locking it. This prevents the Cheshire from getting tilted slightly out of axis.

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