Tonight at Victoria Park under clear skies we drew ticket number 047 for the eight-inch SkyWatcher Dobsonian telescope in our “Big Dob” raffle. Congratulations to Chris Plomp on winning the telescope tonight. […]
We will be conducting the draw for the 2016 Library Telescope Loaner project at 7PM this evening, 8 November, 2016 at our observing location in Victoria Park.
One lucky winner will take away this eight-inch SkyWatcher Dobsonian telescope.
On Wednesday, 12 October, 2016 I received a shipment of thirteen SkyWatcher Dobsonian telescopes, all destined to Prince Edward Island users. Ten of these wonderful instruments are eight inch aperture […]
The response to the 2016 Sidewalk Astronomers of Charlottetown Library Telescope Loaner raffle has been tremendous. In a little more than two weeks we have sold nearly all 100 tickets available in […]
As part of the Sidewalk Astronomers of Charlottetown 2016 fundraiser, I have sold a number of Dobsonian telescopes to new star gazers.
These wonderful telescopes are delivered in two boxes: a larger box for the optical tube itself and a smaller, flat heavier box which contains the parts of the telescope base.
Obviously the tube requires no assembly other than attaching the finderscope and eyepieces when observing. The base however, requires some assembly which is quite simple and instructions are easy to follow.
There are a few things that users should be aware of and which are not mentioned in the instructions:
when attaching the telescope base feet, ensure the screws are tightly secured. If not, you could lose one of the feet when transporting the telescope as it could work loose.
make sure that you do not over-tighten the central bolt that the base swivels on. It should not be so tight as to make the base difficult to move, yet not so loose that wind can easily move the telescope.
Tighten all other screws by hand and not with a power drill or driver.
Following these tips along with the clear directions in the box should ensure an easy assembly.