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Morehead hosts Telescope Tune-up

posted Friday February 6, 2009

If you have a telescope but have no idea what to do with it, Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC) may be able to help you!

RAC will present its Telescope Tune-up clinic on Saturday, March 14, at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The clinic is 4–6:30 p.m. (you should arrive by 3:45 p.m) and will be followed by a short observing session, weather permitting, which will begin at 7:45 p.m.

The clinic includes these topics:

  • Telescope Basics
  • Types of Telescopes
  • Proper Set-up of Your Telescope
  • Equipment Trouble Spots
  • Proper Care and Maintenance
  • Basics for a Good Observing Session
You'll need to bring your telescope, mount and tripod; finder; eyepieces; alignment tools (collimation laser, etc.) if you have them; adjustment tools (Allen wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers) sized for the bolts on your equipment; the manuals for your telescope; and a pen or pencil.

There's no cost to participate, but you'll need to register in advance. E-mail telescope@raleighastro.org by Wednesday to register. Your e-mail should include the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. The number of people in your group (childen are welcome if they will be primary users of the telescope and if they will be able to remain attentive throughout the 2.5-hour clinic)
  3. Your experience level
  4. What two things you want to accomplish or learn in the clinic

This clinic is for individuals or families that who own their own telescopes. If you don't have a telescope of your own, Morehead encourages you to come to monthly skywatching sessions, where you can observe deep-space objects through telescopes with members of the Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS).