The main reason for purchasing the Celestron Evolution 8HD Edge was the ease of setup and the two main imaging techniques to be utilised – F10 for Planetary imaging and F2 for Deep Sky targets. Fully computerised control and excellent optics sealed the deal.
Over the next set of blogs I will endeavour to take you through all the basic steps of the telescope assembly, pointing out the various bits of extras I have acquired to the overall setup and the benefits gained in my experience.
So here goes with the first step in the assembly of the Scope:- Stage 1 – The Tripod
This really is the first main part of the assembly process where the tripod needs positioning and levelling to allow the telescope to track the celestial target, especially with longer exposures. (I tend to max my exposures with the Hyperstar F2 setup at 120 seconds.)
If not already done so move the three legs outwards, stand the tripod upright and position the accessory tray to correspond to each leg. Tighten centre bolt to lock the tripod in place.
Here the tripod shows 2 main additions I will cover in upcoming blogs – The Wedge and the Celestron Power Tank.
1. Choose a suitable site for the telescope to be positioned. Ensure the celestial targets you are trying to capture or observe are free from any obstructions i.e. Trees and buildings. I Use the app Stellarium to plot what will be observable and at what time.
2. Ensure the leg with the bubble level is pointing to North.
The beauty of the Evolution mount with Star Sense is that an accurate Polar Alignment is not required – just the best position to North – after equipment auto calibration the computer is able to track successfully for the maximum exposure lengths I require – 2 mins max. I use a compass and align the North South pointer to align with the wedge main supports. – I will cover the wedge accessory in my next blog.
3. Ensure the tripod is level by the bubble indicator.
4. Anti Vibration Pads – excellent for eliminating excess noise on hard surfaces when taking long exposures.
5. Ensure a single raised dot point towards the centre of the tripod
The Tripod legs carry each carry a set of equipment I will cover in future blogs
The hand control unit and the Celestron Power Tank
Dew Heater Control Unit
This is the start of the assembly process! I hope you have found the information useful and I look forward to discussing the next part of the process- The Wedge!