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    Default Telescope Fell Over!



    My friend and i were setting up the scope and getting a few things together when a big gust of wind literally blew the telescope over....onto concrete. the legs of the tripod were not fully extended, so it didnt fall from as high as it could have, but its still fell pretty hard. i could barely bring my self to look and see if it was ok... Broke the telrad riser off of the base, luckily the actual Telrad was not on the scope yet. the scope has a few scuffs and scratches, but it seems ok. i finished setting it up and got the moon in view. it looked pretty good. i was thinking the mirror was broken or something was going to be out of whack since it banged on the concrete.

    is there anything else i should do or look at to make sure its ok? i dont have a collimating eyepiece, so i cant check that, but the focus seems to be ok.

    Its a Celestron Astromaster 114EQ

    any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Telescope Fell Over!

    Wow! Tough luck, Dan.

    You can almost view the Moon through a Coke bottle. I'd suggest getting a collimation device on order ASAP. Meanwhile, do a simple star test. I'll bet dollars to dog biscuits the collimation is off.

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    Default Re: Telescope Fell Over!

    I will second what John said.

    Check the collimation.
    Also just do a visual inspection of the mirrors and that should reveal any obvious defect/s.

    You are one lucky son of a gun!
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    Default Re: Telescope Fell Over!

    This ordeal will get you to prepare a checklist of things to do before you put your ota on , I hope you've got no more harm than described. I would just be sick if that happened to me.
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    Default Re: Telescope Fell Over!

    Ouch! I hope all is well with your scope! That is NOT a nice thing to have happen.

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    Default Re: Telescope Fell Over!

    Thanks for the replies and well wishes. i think a check list is a good idea. i am going to order a collimating device to be sure its aligned properly along with a new Telrad riser base and do a better visual inspection of the mirrors. im still just upset over the whole thing. it was so cold and windy that night, after i quickly looked at the moon, i packed it all up and just called it a night... need to get it back out and do a star test.

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    Default Re: Telescope Fell Over!

    Man, that would definitely suck the wind out of your sails. I think I'd vomit on the spot.

    I certainly hope everything is ok with your scope. That's as bad or worse than the first big door ding you get on a new car.
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    Default Re: Telescope Fell Over!

    Sorry you had to experience that ordeal with your scope. I don't blame you for cutting your session short. I'm sure at that point your heart wasn't in it with the uncertainty of what extent of damage you had. I would be sick at my stomach. Good luck on not finding anything major wrong with it. Hopefully only the collimation is off. Let us know.
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    Default Re: Telescope Fell Over!

    As long as the scope didnt fall and hit the focuser and break that then i am guessing its probably alright, i would bet the collimation is off though.
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    Default Re: Telescope Fell Over!

    Silly noob question, but do any of you use weights or sand bags for windy nights to help stablize your system? I personally haven't went out on a windy night, but that's because I haven't been doing this for long For me, windy nights sound ideal since the winds typically remove all the clouds and smog from the sky.

 

 
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