Meade Instruments TerraStar 60 User Manual

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MEADE INSTRUCTION MANUAL

60mm | 2.4 inch Altazimuth Refracting Telescope

TerraStar60

with Carry Bag

WARNING!

Never use a Meade® Telescope to look at the Sun!

Looking at or near the Sun will cause instant and irreversible damage to your eye. Eye damage is often painless, so there is no warning to the observer that damage has occurred until it is too late. Do not point the telescope at or near the Sun. Do not look through the telescope or viewfinder as it is moving. Children should always have adult supervision while observing.

INTRODUCTION

Your telescope is an excellent beginner’s instrument, and is designed to observe objects in the sky and also on land. It can be your personal window on the universe or allow you to intimately study the behavior of nesting birds on a distant hillside.

The telescope is shipped with the following parts:

Optical tube

Steel tube tripod with an accessory tray

Two 1.25 inch eyepieces: MH25mm (28X), MH9mm (78X)

Diagonal mirror

Red dot viewfinder with bracket

Telescope mount with slow motion controls

Durable carry bag for easy transport and storage

The tube has a focal length of 700mm, and its objective lens has a diameter of 60mm. The lens diameter is one of the most important pieces of information about the telescope. The size of the objective lens determines how much detail you will be able

to see in your telescope. The focal length will

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help later on to calculate magnification.

 

Setting up your telescope involves these

 

 

simple steps:

 

Assemble your tripod

 

Adjusting the tripod

 

• Attach the optical tube to the mount

• Attach the red dot viewfinder

• Attach the diagonal mirror and eyepiece

• Balancing the optical tube

• Align the red dot viewfinder

Study the the picture on the next page and become acquainted with the parts of your telescope. Then proceed to “Assemble your Tripod.”

FIGURE 1

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Figure 1: Meade TerraStar60 Altazimuth Refracting Telescope

Inset A: Red Dot Viewfinder Assembly

Inset B: Altazimuth or Azimuth Mount

Inset C: Tripod Legs and Accessory Tray

1.Eyepiece

2.Red dot viewfinder (see Inset A)

3.Red dot viewfinder alignment screws (see Inset A)

4.Optical tube assembly

5.Vertical slow motion control

6.Base/tripod head

7.Tripod legs

8.Leg brace supports (See Inset C)

9.

Leg brace (See Inset C)

 

10.

Tripod leg nuts and bolts

 

11.

Optical tube lock knobs

 

12.

Horizontal slow motion control (See Inset B)

 

13.

Diagonal mirror

 

14.

Objective lens cell

 

15.

Focuser drawtube

 

16.

Telescope mount

 

17.

Accessory tray (Inset C)

 

18.

Red dot viewfinder bracket (see Inset A)

(Not visible)

19.

 

 

20.Tripod leg lock (see Inset C)

21.Dew shield/lens shade

22. Front lens cap (removed)

23. Focusing knob

Inset A

Not visable (see other side)

Inset B

C

Figure 2: Carry Bag Opened with Telescope Inside

Inset D Durable carry bag

Inset D

FIGURE 2

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24.Accessory tray pouch

25.Tripod

26.Straps to secure tripod (2-places)

27.Optical tube assembly

28.Strap to secure front of the optical tube

29.Pouch for focuser

30.Shoulder strap with pad

31.Bag for eyepieces, red dot finder and diagonal

Fig. 3

ASSEMBLE YOUR TRIPOD

4The tripod is the basic support for your telescope and is shipped with the tripod

head and legs unattached.

Note: Number in brackets, eg., [3], refer to Fig. 1.

1.Attach the 3 steel tripod legs [7] to the tripod head [6] with the 3 leg locks [20] facing inward. Three 1-11/16” long bolts are provided for this purpose. Once the tripod head and legs are connected, spread the tripod legs evenly apart.

(SEE FIG. 3).

2.Inside of the telescope carry bag you will find a plastic "bubble wrap" bag. Open this bag and find the leg brace [9].

Along with the

 

leg brace you will

other

components which

use later in the

assembly of your

 

Attach the leg

the leg brace

supports [8] using the three provided 1- 1/4” long bolts and the wing nuts.

3.Place the round accessory tray into the hole in the center of the leg braces [9] and spin the tray clockwise to thread the tray into the hole. Tighten until firm.

2.Slide the optical tube [4] onto the mounting bracket from the front end of the mounting bracket.

3.Thread the lock knob [11] into the mounting bracket and tighten until firm.

ADJUSTING THE TRIPOD

ATTACH THE RED DOT VIEWFINDER

An eyepiece (1) has a narrow field of view.

Now that the tripod has been assembled, Fig. 4

 

(2) has

the tripod height can be adjusted so that

 

 

field of view,

you can view comfortably.

 

 

which makes it

1. Spread the legs out evenly apart.

 

 

easier to locate

 

 

 

objects. The red dot

 

 

 

viewfinder has a red

3. Slide the leg [19] in or out to the

 

 

dot to make it

 

 

easier to line up

desired length.

 

 

 

 

more precisely with

4. Tighten the leg lock knob [20] until

 

 

 

 

a target.

firm.

 

the red dot viewfinder (2) into the

3. Repeat for the other two legs.

bracket as shown in Fig. 4.

 

 

ATTACH THE OPTICAL TUBE TO THE MOUNT

The optical tube gathers distant light which is focused in the eyepiece.

1.Remove the two lock knobs (11) from the optical tube.

ote: To detach the red dot viewfinder, slide bracket out.

THE DIAGONAL MIRROR EYEPIECE

diagonal mirror reflects the light from optical tube to a more comfortable

Looking at or near the

irreversible damage to your eye. Do not point this telescope at or near the Sun. Do not look through the telescope as it is moving.

Fig. 5

viewing position.

1. Slide the diagonal mirror (13) into the focuser drawtube(15).

2. Tighten the drawtube thumbscrew to hold the diagonal mirror securely.

3. Slide the MH 25mm eyepiece (1) into diagonal mirror (13).

4. Tighten the diagonal mirror thumbscrew to hold the eyepiece securely.

BALANCING THE OPTICAL TUBE

tight, you can adjust the amount

in the movement of the tube to suit

The telescope is designed with a bracket that

. See ADJUSTING THE

will allow the user to balance the optical

AL AND VERTICAL TENSION OF

tube. This may be needed when heavier

AL TUBE, page 15.

eyepieces or accessories are used.

RED DOT VIEWFINDER

1. Loosen the optical tube locks [11] so the

first part of this procedure

tube will slide in the mounting bracket.

2. Balance the tube by sliding it back and

daytime and the last step at night.

forth in the bracket until you find a position 1

telescope at an easy-to-find

where the tube remains horizontal (i.e.,

such as the top of a telephone

without tipping up or down).

a distant mountain or tower. Look

3. Retighten the optical tube lock knobs to a

the eyepiece in the diagonal

firm feel (SEE FIG. 5).

turn the focuser knob (23)

Note: If the horizontal and/or vertical

image is sharply focused. Center

precisely in the eyepiece’s field

movement of the optical tube seems to be too

 

dot viewfinder using

 

the side of the finder.

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3. Without moving the telescope, look

through the red dot viewfinder. Turn

one or more of the viewfinder’s alignment screws (3) until the red dot is precisely over the same object as you centered in the eyepiece.

4.Check this alignment at night on a celestial object, such as the Moon or a bright star, and use the viewfinder’s alignment screws to make any necessary refinements.

Looking at or near the Sun will cause irreversible damage to your

point this telescope at or near the Sun. Do not look through the telescope as it is moving.

TO MOVE THE TELESCOPE

6Your telescope is altazimuth mounted. Altazimuth is just a complicated way of

saying that your telescope moves up and down and from side to side. Other telescopes may be mounted in

different ways.

1.To move the telescope to an object, simply move the telescope tube in the horizontal and/or vertical plane until it is centered in the red dot viewfinder. The object will now be in the eyepiece of the telescope.

2.Once an object is found, you can then use the slow motion controls [5,12] to make smooth and precise movements as you follow (or “track”) an object as it moves in the eyepiece.

STORING YOUR TELESCOPE

After you are through with your observing session, you can quickly breakdown your telescope and place it securely in its dedicated carry bag for storage. This padded bag will protect your telescope, keeping it at the ready, for your next observing session.

SUN WARNING

NEVER USE YOUR TELESCOPE TO LOOK AT THE SUN!

LOOKING AT OR NEAR THE SUN WILL CAUSE INSTANT AND IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO YOUR EYE. EYE DAMAGE IS OFTEN PAINLESS, SO THERE IS NO WARNING TO THE OBSERVER THAT DAMAGE HAS OCCURRED UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. DO NOT POINT THE TELESCOPE OR ITS VIEWFINDER AT OR

NEAR THE SUN. DO NOT LOOK THROUGH THE TELESCOPE OR ITS VIEWFINDER AS IT IS MOVING. CHILDREN SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION WHILE OBSERVING.

Reference figure 2 for the following steps:

1.Begin by removing the red dot viewfinder, eyepiece and diagonal mirror.

2.Put eyepieces into their dedicated storage bottles.

3.Locate and reattach the two protective dust caps that came with your diagonal mirror.

4.Place the red dot viewfinder, eyepieces and diagonal mirror in the provided bag [31]. Set the bag aside for placement later into the carry bag.

5.Remove the optical tube assembly from the mount by removing the two lock knobs (11) and sliding the optical tube (4) off. Replace the front dust cap (22) and rear dust cap. Place the lock knobs into the storage bag (31) for safekeeping.

6.Retract the drawtube (15) back into the optical tube (4) by turning the focusing knob (23) counter-clockwise.

7.Place the optical tube assembly into its dedicated space [27], slipping the focuser end first into the pouch sewn into the storage bag (29). Locate and secure the front of the optical tube with the hook and loop strap (28).

8.Remove the accessory tray [17] by twisting counter-clockwise. Locate and place the tray into its dedicated pouch [24]. Secure the tray with the hook and loop closure.

9.Collapse the legs inward and place the tripod assembly into the dedicated storage bag cavity [25]. You may need to turn the telescope mount [16] so that it lay flat as shown. Secure using the hook and loop straps (26). Take care not to over tighten the straps.

Looking at or near the Sun will cause irreversible damage to your eye. Do not point this telescope at or near the Sun. Do not look through the telescope as it is moving.

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