How do I store my telescope?
How do I safely transport my telescope?
The telescope can be transported in 2 main parts--telescope tube and mount. Loosen the thumbscrews on the tube rings and remove the telescope tube from the mount. We suggest removing the accessories (finderscope and bracket, and the eyepiece) from the optical tube. Cover the telescope tube and the eyepiece with their caps. It is also convenient to remove the fine-adjustment control cables and counterweight rod/counterweights. Accessory tray should be removed in order to transport with the 3 tripod legs closed. The telescope can be transported in a vehicle without a problem. Padded insulation can prevent scratches on the tube but it is not necessary. The mirrors may go out of collimation after a bumpy ride but collimation would be required after transportation anyway, with or without padding.
Should I use colour filters?
Should I get a motor drive with my equatorial mount?
What is the advantage of a large aperture telescope?
I’m trying to collimate my reflector but all I see at the back of my telescope is 3 Phillip’s-head screws. Where are the 2 sets of screws?
Your optical tube is probably covered with a metal back plate. The 3 Phillip’s-head screws are there to hold the metal plate in place. Loosen them and remove the metal plate. You should be able to see the back of the primary mirror and 2 sets of screws around it.
Which mount should I buy for my telescope?
The image with my low power eyepiece is clear, but my high power is fuzzy. What's wrong with it?
Which eyepiece design is best?
How much power does my telescope have?
Where can I find prices for Sky-Watcher telescopes?
How do I become a Sky-Watcher dealer?
We always welcome new dealers and independent sales representatives to join us in promoting the Sky-Watcher product line. If you are in Canada or Asia, e-mail our sales department and we will take it from there. If you are in Europe, please contact our European distributor nearest you. See a list of the Sky-Watcher distributors: http://www.skywatcher.com/where_to_buy.php
Where can I buy Sky-Watcher telescopes in the U.S.?
Please contact Sky-Watcher USA:
United States of America
475 Alaska Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503
phone: +1 310-803-5953 x 306
fax: +1 310-803-5953 x 306
Can I buy direct from you?
I live in Europe, where can I buy Sky-Watcher telescopes?
You can buy Sky-Watcher products through our European distributor in your area. See a list of the Sky-Watcher distributors: http://www.skywatcher.com/where_to_buy.php
What can I see with my telescope?
Where can I buy Sky-Watcher telescopes in Canada?
We have dealers in most provinces in Canada. See the list of the Sky-Watcher dealers:.
Will I see objects as they appear in photographs?
Will a telescope work without an eyepiece?
How much magnification can I use with my telescope?
Every telescope is different, but a rough rule of thumb is 30-50X per inch diameter of the objective. A good refractor may, however, use 100X/inch on bright objects, so this is not a hard rule. You can always increase the magnification above these limits, but it is pointless if you're not seeing more. This rule breaks down for larger instruments, as the distortion of the atmosphere limits practical magnification to 300X. See Usable Magnifications.
How do I choose the alignment stars for Two Star Alignment?
How do I choose the alignment star for One Star Alignment?
How do I find objects using the setting circles?
How do I find objects in the sky?
Is high magnification better?
How do I polar align my telescope?
What is polarscope? How do I use it?
How do I take photographs through my telescope?
I am observing Jupiter but I only see a shimmering disk. What am I doing wrong?
Is there a difference between the EQ4 and EQ5 mount?
What is the difference between the EQ3 and EQ3-2 mount?
My new Sky-Watcher telescope only came with an assembly instruction, shouldn't I get a complete manual?
We sincerely apologize for this. We are currently working on more complete telescope operation manuals. In the meantime, you can download a temporary manual for your telescope from the Support page of our Web site. The instruction manuals on the Web site are constantly being updated. New instructions will be announced in the New to the Web site section of the What's new page.
I clicked on the link to download the manual but all I see is page 1 out of 9 pages, and it is incomplete. What is wrong?
How do I collimate my Sky-Watcher reflector?
In order for your reflecting telescope to produce proper images, the primary (objective) mirror must reflect light directly back up the tube to the secondary mirror which directs the beam at 90?to the eyepiece.
Download the detailed information on collimating your reflecting telescope. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file.)
How do I collimate my Sky-Watcher refractor with the adjustable objective-lens cell?
Download the instruction.
How do I find out the model number for my Sky-Watcher telescope?
To find out which model your Sky-Watcher telescope is, you will need to know the Diameter and Focal Length of your telescope, and the model of your mount. Near the focus tube you should see a sticker with technical information of the telescope. For example, if you see “D=130mm F=1000mm", the diameter of your telescope is 130mm and the focal length is 1000mm. You should be able to find the name of your mount on the assembly manual that comes with your telescope. The instruction manual will be titled “Reflector/EQ2 MOUNT", if your mount is EQ2 mount. In this particular case, the model number of the telescope is 1301EQ2.
How do I adjust the secondary mirror of my 10" Dobsonian?
I cannot open the manual I downloaded.
How do I choose my eyepiece?
For standard eyepieces with a 50 degree apparent field of view, Plössl eyepieces are a good choice if your telescope's focal ratio is f7 or less. For longer focal ratio instruments, simpler eyepieces such as Kellners will be sufficient. Choose eyepiece focal lengths that won't give you a duplicate magnification when a Barlow lens is used. For example, don't get 10mm and 20mm eyepieces with a 2x Barlow.
Why are some eyepiece more expensive than others?
Why is the image better at the center of the field?
What is the black spot I see in a low powered eyepiece in my reflector during daylight?
Which works better? An eyepiece or a Barlow+eyepiece giving the same magnification?
How important it is to get a parfocal series of eyepiece?
Do anti-reflection coatings improve light transmission?
When I'm observing a bright object like a planet, I see an opposing ghost image. What causes that?
How many eyepieces should I have?
How do I choose the alignment stars for Three Star Alignment?
What is the appropriate magnification for alignment?
High magnification is recommended for any type of alignment procedure. It increases the measurement precision. For Star Alignment, choose an eyepiece that produces a true field of view no more than 30 arc min. See "Which Eyepiece Should I Choose?" in Eyepiece FAQs for details on how to calculate the true field of view.
What is Cone Error and how do I correct it?
I don't see a Date Circle Pointer on my EQ6 mount. What do I do?
It is easy to make an indicator that you can use as a pointer for our date scale. Start by putting your mount in the home position. That is, with the OTA pointing in line with the polar scope and with the counterweights hanging strait down. Now, put a piece of masking tape over the top of the mount at the back, just above the polar scope (See Figure below). You only need an inch or two. Try to centre it above the polar scope. Take a piece of string about 12 - 18 inches long. Hold one end of it on the centre of the RA Setting Indicator. Pull the string taught and down over the centre of the eyepiece for the polar scope. Note where the string crosses your masking tape and mark the position. The mark you just made is your Date Scale Indicator/pointer.
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