Telescope Alignment
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Morning watch, 7 bells (7:35 am)

When I recently went with my Uncle, Dad, and brother out to the Fourth of July pass with our telescopes, I had some bit of trouble getting my Meade ETX 70 telescope aligned. They missed the boat when they didn't put a sighting scope on them. With the help of Weasner's Mighty ETX Site, I found that you can put a $9 BB gun sight with laser dot center on instead of buying a $50 sighting scope. So I picked one up at the store for $8.96 and hot-glued it to my telescope and sighted it in. It took me just a minute or two to get the sight adjusted, but now I can zero in on whatever I want using my 9mm eyepiece! I could never do that before, because the FOV is too narrow. I always had to use my 25mm, center the object, switch to my 9mm and focus, focus, focus until I could see something again. I'm a much happier camper now.

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