Star pointer finder scope
I got a Celestron Astromaster 114 AZ telescope for my birthday recently. My question is about aligning the star pointer finder thingy. I am not sure what the "alignment star" is? Is this the star I am trying to line up and observe? Or is it the second red dot in the finder? Also, there are two rings that get no mention in the manual at all. What can I do with these to help align the scope?
It is also hard to line up something as the whole lens assembly moves when I let to of the Pan handle. I think I can tighten up the allen bolt in the bottom of the assembly, but I am not sure if this will harm any on the adjustments. It seems to be a little wobbly.
All a finder scope or red dot does on a manual scope is help you center objects in the eyepiece. The rings are basically ways to mark distances from a star in degrees around the star or object.
You can use any bright object, star or planet, to align the finderscope. Does not need to be any special one.
For basic instructions on how to align a finderscope, see my article, Telescope FAQs
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