Astrozap - Artificial Star

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Astrozap - Artificial Star

Astrozap - Artificial Star

  • Astrozap - Artificial Star
  • Fig1
  • Fig2

Price 129,00 €

Collimation, in its simplest terms, is the alignment of the mirrors or other optical surfaces in the telescope. A telescope that is out of collimation will typically not perform as well as a lesser telescope (25-50% less aperture) that is in collimation. If you put the extra money into a larger telescope, you are not reaping any benefits of it unless the scope is collimated. Also, no telescope will allow you to reach a crisp focus at the high power end unless collimation is perfect. It is well worth the time and effort.

The picture below (Fig 1) represents an optical system that is in perfect collimation. The rings themselves make collimation easy to perform. Note the complete lack of any atmospheric disturbance. This photo was taken with an eight inch SCT using a modified webcam at prime focus. Star distance was approximately 50 feet from the telescope. This picture was taken on a 95 degree summer day just before dusk! (Fig 2) is an example of an optical system that is out of collimation.


The star can be mounted on a table, or attached to a standard photo tripod using the ¼-20 adaptor provided on the bottom of the unit.

These can be used at star parties to provide a star for everyone. It never moves, so there are no tracking or centering issues to worry about. It is unaffected by atmospheric disturbances so you can get an accurate collimation under any seeing conditions.
The placement of the star depends on the telescope. For an 8" SCT we recommend approximately 100 feet. The further away from the scope, the better until you start loosing contrast in the eyepiece. Indoor use is a possibility although we recommend collimation with the scope in position.

The procedure for collimating your particular telescope should be outlined in its manual. Please read the instructions there first. It will tell you the location of the collimation screws and any cautionary notes concerning collimation adjustments.

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Terms and conditions

These terms and conditions are valid from November 7th, 2020.

Contact information

Astro Art Finland
Sinirinnankatu 18
FI-50190 Mikkeli
FINLAND

Telephone: +358442778923
Email: info@astroart-store.com
VAT Number: FI32234856

Products are sold for private customers over 18 years of age. Prices include VAT. The prices are subject to change.

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You can use the following information to contact our customer service:

Astro Art Finland
Sinirinnankatu 18
FI-50190 Mikkeli
FINLAND

Telephone: +358442778923
Email: info@astroart-store.com
VAT Number: FI32234856

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Delivery time

Our most common delivery times to Finland vary depending on the product and delivery method in question. Exceptions to delivery times are stated. We will notify you about the possible delays right after your order.

We are not responsible for delays caused by force majeure or indirect losses caused by delays. The online store will inform about exceptional delivery times on the website.

Warranty

All of our products have at least a 1-year warranty by the manufacturer. Warranty-related issues can be dealt either directly with the manufacturer or with Astro Art Store. 

Warranty does not apply to faults that have been caused by:

a) incorrect maintenance, lack of maintenance, or lack of calibration

b) software, parts, or equipment that have not been delivered by Astro Art Store

c) unauthorized modifications or misuse of the product

Return conditions

You have the right to cancel this agreement within 14 days without declaring the reason. The deadline for canceling this agreement ends 14 days after you have received the last shipment of your order. If the product is downloaded, the deadline for canceling this agreement is 14 days after you have downloaded the product.

To use your right to cancel, you need to send us an unambiguous notification of your decision (for example by phone or by email). You can also use our printable return form, but it is not required. To comply with the 14-day deadline you need to send the notification before the deadline.

Use the following contact information to send the notification:

Astro Art Finland
Sinirinnankatu 18
FI-50190 Mikkeli
FINLAND

Telephone: +358442778923
Email: info@astroart-store.com
VAT Number: FI32234856

Effects of canceling your order

If you decide to cancel this agreement, we will return your payment in full, including the shipping costs (only the amount of the cheapest available shipping method). The payment will be returned without a delay, and within 14 days after you have received the cancellation confirmation.

Return fees are on the responsibility of the customer. The items must be returned to the address of Astro Art Finland with the same method as they have been delivered to the customer. 

We will return the payment by using the same payment method as the original payment, unless both parties agree otherwise. The payment is returned in a way that the you will not get any extra fees.

You must send the items back without a delay and within 7 days of receiving the cancellation confirmation. The deadline has been complied with, if you send the items back before the 7-day deadline.

You are only responsible for such decrease in value of the items that is not caused by handling that necessary to test for operation, features, or functionality of the items.

Unredeemed package

Failure to redeem your delivery is not the same as returning or canceling your order. We will charge a fee for unredeemed orders that have not been canceled according to return conditions.

Problematic situations

If the item has been lost or damaged during delivery or it does not correspond to your order, you need to use our contact information to inform us within 14 days by mail, email or by phone. The contact information can be found in "Return conditions". If the package has clearly been damaged during shipping, you need to inform the delivery company immediately.