We’ve recently added the Orion StarSeeker IV 130 GoTo telescope to our offerings and since we needed a floor model to show customers we thoguht it would be nice to show the assembly of this telescope. Let’s look at how it appears once assembled first:
Well, first of all here is the box in comes in:
Exciting, isn’t it. Let’s open the container box and look inside:
More boxes! So we’ll grab the one the optical tube is in and pul that out:
The tube is well protected – in a box, in bubble wrap, and paper prevents cosmetic damage.
Pulling off the packing material we can get a good look at it:
Optically, this tube and mirror is identical to the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST, excecpt for being red and having a dovetail mount we will see shortly.
Let’s grab the tripod legs:
The tripod on the StarSeeker IV 130 are already attached so assembly is very easy. On most manual telescopes you have to attach each leg to the mount. But here they are almost ready to go:
These legs, however, are unbraced and require further support. As they are right now they could easily be set up at the wrong angle and cause the telescope to fall. So a tripod brace is needed. The Tripod brace that came in the box is very well protected for a peice of machined steel:
Here it is once freed from the bondage of bubble wrap:
This is installed by removing the knob on the center pole of the tripod:
The spreader is pushed up the shaft and the knob replaced and tighted to keep the legs in proper position:
Now it is time for the mount. Its pretty simple compared to a telescope equatorial mount, at least externally:
Attaching the mount to the tripod was a matter of simply lining up three spring-set screws and threading them into the mount.
The mount has three threaded holes for attachment:
Once done the telescope is ready for the otpical tube:
With the mount attached to the tripod we can attach the optical tube to the mount. This involves simply unthreading the securing screw on the mount and slipping the dovetail mount on the optical tube into the mount’s holder:
And we are done! Just extend the legs and it is ready for display!
Of course, when I say ‘ready’ I mean ready for floor display. We have not attached adn aligned the EZ Finder, nor attached the control unit. In fact we won’t even take those out of their bubble wrap:
So, I will state that the StarSeeker IV 130 is perhaps the easiest tripod-mounted telescope I have ever assembled out of the box. This of course did not cover other parts of setup or the two star alignment system for computerized telescopes, but for tube, mount and tripod assembly it was a breeze!
Hope you enjoyed this telescope assembly post!
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