About this product
Now with Cross-hair laser
The HoTech laser collimator with its patented self-centring adapter (SCA) mechanism enables precise, repeatable results.
"There is a tremendous amount of creativity and cleverness being displayed, all backed by a fervent devotion to making the sky more accessible and enjoyable for astronomy enthusiasts at all levels. It is truly inspiring."
Robert Naeye, Sky & Telescope Editor in Chief
Note 1: Prior to using a laser you will need to first check/set a Newtonian telescope's secondary mirror using a sight-tube. Fortunately once set it rarely needs further adjustment.
Note 2: For any laser collimator to be effective it needs to be fitted to a well-made focuser. The regular rack-and-pinion style focuser fitted to many beginner/intermediate telescopes lacks precision and rigidity. If in doubt please contact us for advice.
The SCA mechanism serves three critical functions: It's expansion rings accommodate almost all focuser's manufacturing tolerances. It automatically centres the adapting laser and provides at least two evenly distributed circular contacts on the focuser's inner tube surface preventing the laser from pivoting. Once the 'slop' factor is removed you can quickly and precisely collimate your telescope with confidence.
With Hotech's proprietary laser crosshair you can zero-in the laser with ease during the final collimation on the secondary and primary mirror. The crosshair model displays a precision laser centre dot with four extended laser lines for easier and more intuitive centering.
During the secondary mirror collimation, a single dot laser projecting on the approximate center of the pre-loaded donut can be difficult to identify if the laser dot is exactly on the center. The crosshair laser can easily help user to adjust the secondary mirror to point the laser on the exact centre with the help of the crosshair line. During the final primary mirror collimation the returning laser dot often hides inside the laser exiting hole when centred whereas the crosshair is visible at all times.
Collimation for your SCT
Traditional laser collimators are not suitable for collimating SCT telescopes but the Hotech laser's SCA mechanism and detailed faceplate provide the accuracy and repeatability necessary for even SCT collimation.
Commercially made SCT telescopes all have slight optical and mechanical alignment errors. The error typically is in the centreing of the secondary mirror. Consequently, when a laser is installed its beam will seldom return dead-centre, even though star testing might indicate perfect collimation. In addition, the secondary mirrors convex shape magnifies any error by approx 5 times. Typically a well collimated SCT will return a laser beam at around 0.125" to 0.250" off centre. In order to compensate a different approach is required than when collimating a Newtonian:
An SCT primary mirror is fixed but you can collimate by adjusting the secondary mirror to a point parallel to the optical axis. There is a one-time-only preparation required for SCT laser collimation. First, after a star collimation (still the most accurate method) install the SCA laser collimator then mark the laser spot position on the target grid of the collimator. Then, when you next check for collimation, look to see whether the laser spot falls on the mark. If not, adjust the alignment screws on the secondary mirror to move the returning laser dot to the mark. At this point you will have set the telescope's collimation back to a known position. Job done!
The 2" model is the 1.25" SCA laser collimator supplied with a SCA 1.25"-2" adapter.
Personal testimonials from renowned astrophotographers and users.
|Average Rating (11 Reviews): |
Thursday, 22 July 2021 | Michael
I bought this collimator after borrowing one from a friend and finding out first-hand just how easy it is to use. The addition of the cross-hair is a great feature for making the aligment of the primary mirror very easy. This product, together with a set of 'Bob's knobs' for adjusting the the secondary mirror, have transformed my ability to make sure my Skywatcher telescope is always optimally aligned.
Tuesday, 9 March 2021 | Ross
Title says it all, worth every penny, my Newtonians are collimated so much better .
Monday, 28 September 2020 | Christopher
Really beautiful product, so well made and easy to use, the laser crosshairs makes this product an absolute breeze to use and produces spot on collimation results every time.
Wednesday, 15 July 2020 | Robert
I agonised for some time over which way to go with collimation after reading much about how inaccurate lasers are etc. All I can say is that this has made collimating my new 10 inch flextube dob (which by the way, needs some re- collimation every time I set it up) a simple process that I can do in the dark without any hassle and the star tests/ views I've had through the scope so far back it up. No need to tighten any bolts on the eyepiece holder, the compression ring system holds it firm and central in my 2 inch focuser. I will add that I also purchased a collimation cap to check secondary alignment and bobs nobs (also a godsend). Together they have been a great investment and for visual use seem to provide enough accuracy. Well worth the investment.
Friday, 8 May 2020 | Ronald
This is an excellent product and even though a complete novice I was able to collimate my scope very quickly.
HoTech SCA Laser Collimator with Cross-Hair 1.25 in Version
Sunday, 3 May 2020 | John
I purchased the 1.25in version to optimise planetary viewing with this size of eyepiece. It is a very well made and finished item of equipment, fits nicely into the focuser, but to take full advantage of it in the case of 2in focusers, you need a good quality 2in to 1.25 reducer, such as the Baader Click -Lock version, where it will fit without any slop.
It is quite easy to use, and one thing I noticed straight away, is that the laser light is much brighter than with most other collimators, this enables collimation to be carried out in full daylight, rather than requiring dimmed light. This is probably because it utilises a 3V CR123 battery, rather than small hearing aid type batteries, which have a short life, and with which it can be difficult to find replacements, plus are fiddly to fit.
Monday, 17 February 2020 | Francesco
Ottimo collimatore,anche se girandolo nel focheggiatore,il punto nn rimane fisso,ma crea 1 piccolo cerchio,quindi anch'esso da collinare.Nn dovrebbe essere il produttore a farlo?Nn capisco,la perfezione nn è d questo mondo.🤔😐 1saluto a Mr Martin.😊
Easy to use & very accurate
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 | Neil
Very well made, solid, simple, accurate and fast. The crosshair laser makes precision collimation easy.
Saturday, 2 June 2018 | Mark
I used to take ages collimating my 200P, this is so easy to use no more making an adjustment then having to check it by looking down the focuser, every adjustment you make you can see in real time. Wish I'd got one with the scope.
Slop dont bother this darling
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 | Mike
Having left the SCT brigade and gone Dob with a n Orion Skyquest 10i I needed to master collimation.
The collicap supplied was OK but I wanted another method and check on collimation.
I tried the Baader Laser but it failed not because of it being a poor product but it could not cope with the movement in the 1.25 adapter.
The Skywatcher Chesire suffered from the same problem so was inconsistent.
Reading lots convinced me to try the HoTech SCA version in its 2" incarnation.
BINGO it coped with the tolerance in the bore of the focuser and when I checked with the collicap they were in agreement.
Removing the collimator and repeating the process gave a good repeat collimation.
Thanks for your support FLO your returns department has been busy with me sorting this but your not getting this one back.
Its well made, accurately collimated, Well worth 5 stars
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