Inside the Box

Scope BoxManualOpening the main telescope box reveals the scope and accessories boxes.

First, you should locate the instruction manual and use the parts checklist to ensure nothing is missing.








Box of Parts

PartsEyepiece BoxThis box contains many of the individual parts; the eyepieces, spanners, bolts, screws, altitude tensioning knobs, carrying handle, eyepiece holder bracket.








Knobs Eyepieces



EyepiecesThis photo shows a closer view of the eyepieces in their boxes, the collimation cap below them, and to the left are the altitude bearing tensioning knobs and their washers. Above is a spanner and some more bolts.

At right are the standard 10mm and 25mm Plossl eyepieces with their dust caps, and the Collimation Cap in front.







Finder Scope Box

Finder Scope in BoxFinder ScopeAnother box contains the 9x50 right-angle correct-image Finder Scope (XT6 scopes get a 6x30 finder). The Finder has a bracket that fits into the dovetail holder on the main telescope tube.

The Finder Scope has a focuser at the front, and a focusing lock ring for once focus has been achieved.


Dust caps are provided for both front and rear of the finder.

Finder Scope

Alignment adjustments are made using two knurled thumbwheel screws, within the bracket against a spring loaded O-ring.









Azimuth Sensor and Computer Port

Digital Encoder DiscHere are the Azimuth Digital Encoder Magnetic Disc (bottom left), the Azimuth Sensor Encoder Board (top middle) and the main computer Encoder Connector Board.

These parts are included with the main telescope regardless of whether you purchased the seperate optional IntelliScope Computer Objector Locator.

Azimuth SensorsCables from each of the Altitude and Azimuth Encoder Boards plug into the sockets on the main Encoder Connector Board, and this locates in the Computer Controller Port (shown on the previous page).

Azimuth SensorsAdditionally these pictures show close-ups of the Azimuth Encoder Board. The two Hall-Effect sensors (marked U3 and U4 on the circuit board), are the devices which detect the rotation of the magnetic discs, sending pulses back to the Computer Object Locator.

The larger hole in the circuit board (above right photo) is where the main brass bush go through forming the axis about which the magnetic disc rotates.




Ready To Begin Assembly

That about covers all the main parts found within the boxes, so the next few sections will go through the actual assembly process.


Next section: Building the Dobsonian Base

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