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    Default Update: Newbie on Z12



    Finally! I received the Beast yesterday!
    I received everything in good condition, minus the OTA box that was severely punctured. Due to the great packaging the actual OTA was not damaged. Real good packaging materials and display.
    My biggest problem? No Assembly Instructions. No Owners Manual.
    I was clueless. Luckily I went on You Tube several days earlier and learned how to assembly. I did let Hayneedle know I am missing materials. But that's all minor stuff.

    I DID assemble the Zhumell Z12.
    Simply said, one cannot honestly prepare themselves on how BIG this Telescope is. WOW. It's like a Big Woman!
    I now understand what you all say about how difficult it is to move this Telescope. I moved her to my Driveway and managed to view Jupiter and the Moon.

    "One Step Backward-March!"-
    I forgot to say I did Laser Collimate the View Finder and the Primary Mirror. All done in 4-5 minutes.

    HELP! Without Instructions and Owners Manual-the "Finderscope"???
    What do you use that for? I am clueless

    I thought it was a Pre-Spotter for the Main Scope but I sighted in the Moon and then looked into the Primary View Finder and it was not there.

    I suspect it is a PreFinder, a PreScope-type but somehow the two need to be synchronized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyCharles24 View Post
    I suspect it is a PreFinder, a PreScope-type but somehow the two need to be synchronized.
    Suspect well you do. (somehow that sounds like Yoda). There are adjustments on the finderscope---- if you found the moon ok on the OTA, that is the time to switch to the finder and move the adjustments until it too is pointing at the moon. It's that easy.

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    your finder is exactly that.a finder scope.
    use it of rlocating objects in the sky,before
    viewing through the main tube.
    you need to align it with the ota however,or it
    could be looking in entirely the wrong direction.
    do this during the day,on a staic object,say a telephone
    pole ot tv aerial,as far away as possiblke.
    centre the object in your ota first,then get the exact same
    view through the finder.job done.
    clear skies,

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    You will notice on your finderscope three knobs. The silver one does not turn, it just pulls out allowing you to rotate the scope in mount. The other two are thumbscrews that will adjust it left/right and up/down.

    As Andy says, try locating a telephone pole or something far away during the daytime. For me, I used a cell tower on a hill. Get that centered in your Z12, and then adjust the finderscope to put it center in the crosshairs.

    My finderscope was way out of focus when shipped. To focus it, loosen the ring on the front of the finderscope (behind the big lens) and then rotate the lens to bring it into focus. Once you do that, tighten the ring back up and you're good to go!
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    Congrats on your Zob. I love mine. You'll have a blast with that thing.
    You're right about the size. I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened up that box.
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    Very nice scope! Congratulations. My advice would be to locate other amateur astronomers nearby who can help get you going with finding objects in the night sky. Check out a local Astronomy club and join and attend their star parties.

    Good advice above--

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    You were right. It is a Finder Scope for the Main Mirror. I tweaked it as you said and now what I see in the Finder Scope is what I see in the Main Mirror. Awesome when it works out like that.

    THANK YOU.

    Quote Originally Posted by andyp180 View Post
    your finder is exactly that.a finder scope.
    use it of rlocating objects in the sky,before
    viewing through the main tube.
    you need to align it with the ota however,or it
    could be looking in entirely the wrong direction.
    do this during the day,on a staic object,say a telephone
    pole ot tv aerial,as far away as possiblke.
    centre the object in your ota first,then get the exact same
    view through the finder.job done.
    clear skies,

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    Congratulations on that monster !
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