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Setup Tutorials


This Section of my web site is intended to show how to do alignments, balancing, and simple things that many take for granted after using their scopes for a while. When I first got started in this hobby, I struggled to get a fix on the correct alignment star. Some of the web forums were intimidating and I didn't want to ask what others might say are trivial questions. After a while, I realized there are no such things as trivial questions.

The PDF instructions are not intended to take the place of the Telescope Instruction Manual. They are intended as a suppliment and to give a quick guide for those late night setups.

Setup pdf's

How to load Comet information to Stellarium

How to Connect Stellarium for Telescope control for Celestron GO TO Mounts

All-Star Polar Alignment for NexStar controlled Celestron Telescopes.

Construction pdf's

I placed construction pdf files in this section because it is more conducive to add pdf files here. It is a tutorial as such for the construction of the Dry Creek View Observatory.

Dry Creek View Observatory construction notes.

10x10 building plans and instructions.





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