The cable should plug into the jack on the right side of the encoder connector board. Figure 14. The screw should not be fully tightened; it should be tight, but not tight enough to prevent the encoder board from moving in its slot. Once the vertical stop is adjusted and set initially, pointing the optical tube vertically is as easy as rotating the tube until the bottom end ring contacts the vertical stop knob, as shown. (without IntelliScope system) . You may find it convenient to hold one hand on one of the carrying handles to help in leveraging the base while moving and aiming the telescope. Thread the screws into the predrilled mounting holes with a Phillips screwdriver until the board is secured, making sure that the large hole in the encoder board is aligned with the hole in the side panel and the board is pressing squarely against the. Illustration showing correct placement of the azimuth components of the IntelliScope system on the altazimuth base. Refer to Figure 14 for proper placement. Use only the type of solar filter that covers the front of the telescope. . The 10mm and 25mm Orion Sirius plossl eyepieces that came with the scope are good eyepieces, but have a limited 52 degree field of view. Rotate the bracket so one of the two through holes in the bracket is accessible (Figure 15). . The StarBlast 6/6i was designed specifically for visual observation of astronomical objects in the night sky. Place the aluminum spacer ring on the telescope mounting bracket shaft with the flat side of the ring facing outward (the opposite side has an indentation around the hole). When selecting a location for observing, get as far away as possible from direct artificial light such as street lights, porch lights, and automobile headlights. See Figure 10. Now that the optical tube is secured tightly in the tube rings, tighten up each of the two socket-head cap screws that fasten the tube rings to the telescope mounting bracket using the hex key. This is normal for Newtonian reflector telescopes. To remove the cardboard insert from atop the altazimuth base, rotate the telescope mounting bracket so its long axis is vertically oriented, then lift the insert off. . Once aligned, the EZ Finder II will usually hold its alignment even after being removed and remounted. Moving the telescope up/down and left/right is the “natural” way people aim objects, which makes pointing the telescope intuitive and easy. Most deep-sky objects are very faint, so it is important to find an observing site well away from light pollution. This makes finding and centering an object much easier. . Tighten the hex lock nut just until the top fender washer is no longer loose, then tighten the hex nut 3/16 to 1/4 turn beyond that. 2 Small hex nuts (for 25mm machine screws), 2 Small flat washers (for 25mm machine screws), 2 Small lock washers (for 25mm machine screws). For your convenience, we have provided finder charts for the alignment stars in Appendix D. Use the finder chart to locate and identify two bright stars in your current night sky. 31, IntelliScope System . Specific instructions on how to use the IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator with the StarBlast 6i IntelliScope are provided in the section entitled “Using the IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator.”. . . Choose a brightness level that suits your conditions and needs. This is easy to do with the StarBlast 6/6i because of its smooth motions on both axes. The EZ Finder II reflex sight (Figure 18) works by projecting a tiny red dot onto a lens mounted in the front of the unit. Defocusing a star slightly can help bring out its color. Before getting started, locate the following items: 2Socket-head cap screws w/washers (on tube rings), To attach the optical tube assembly to the altazimuth base you will first need to equip the telescope mounting bracket with the two tube rings. . That beats looking at a picture in a book or on a computer screen, in our opinion. If the top of the optical tube is not level, thread the vertical stop bolt in or out as needed until the top of the tube is level when the end ring comes in contact with the vertical stop knob. Slide the new battery under the battery lead with the positive (+) side facing down and replace the battery casing. top baseplate. . To turn the controller on, firmly press the Power button. . The IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator. None of the function buttons will work properly until an initial alignment, as outlined previously, is completed. If you purchased the #27191 StarBlast 6i IntelliScope, some assembly is required to install the components of the IntelliScope system on the altazimuth base. . Typically, a dim setting is used under dark skies and a bright setting is used under light-polluted skies or in daylight. 38 Appendix F: ST Catalog . The tilt angle of the rings varies over a period of many years; sometimes they are seen edge-on, while at other times they are broadside and look like giant “ears” on each side of Saturn’s disk. The planets don’t stay put like the stars, so to find them you should refer to “This Month’s Sky Summary” in the Learning Center section of our website (telescope.com). . Figure 13. Again, don’t tighten the screw completely yet. You may have to carefully rotate the shaft back and forth a little to get it through the hole, as it is a tight fit. Figure 19 simulates the view through the EZ Finder II. The StarBlast 6/6i has two axes of motion: altitude (up/down) and azimuth (left/right). Input the two-digit day using the number buttons. When both numbers reach zero, stop moving the telescope. Figure 15. Both the altitude and azimuth motions can be made simultaneously and in a continuous manner for easy aiming. Make sure you’ve got the correct encoder disk! You have now completed one-half of the two-star alignment.