sidewalk astronomy

Well, it has been more than four months since I last posted anything to my website and perhaps some people think I may have abandoned the initiative. The simple answer […]

Finding and observing objects in the sky is only half the enjoyment of visual astronomy. The other half comes from learning a little about some of the amazing things you […]

Here we go again, another supermoon to admire in December! In November the hype surrounding the supermoon was partly due to the fact that the Moon was at its’ closest point […]

The fund-raising effort for the Prince Edward Island Library Telescope Loaner program has been completed and this year’s project has been completely successful. With the help of some kind people […]

Forecasts for Sunday and Monday evenings are currently for clear skies on PEI. This is good if you want to get out and see the “supermoon”. Why both evenings? It […]

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. […]

g4131bWe 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.


Good luck to all ticket holders. 0

Telescopes Arrive - Delivery Starts

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 […]

LatestAs 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.