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.


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The 2016 telescope raffle and sale were launched this week with amazing response from the community. To recap, the Sidewalk Astronomers of Charlottetown group is hosting a one-time fundraiser to raise […]

LatestRaffle tickets have been prepared and are being distributed to sellers.

They should have them in the next day or so. Based upon the number of folks who have asked about holding one, I would encourage people to contact one of the ticket sellers sooner rather than later. Remember we are only selling 100 tickets so they won’t last long. 0

Here are the ticket sellers and contact information for the 2016 Telescope Raffle. Tickets are only available next week; however, if anybody wants to reserve a ticket they should message […]