StellaLyra Premium Cheshire Collimating Eyepiece
 StellaLyra Premium Cheshire Collimating EyepieceStellaLyra Premium Cheshire Collimating Eyepiece 

StellaLyra Premium Cheshire Collimating Eyepiece

£37.00
  (38 Reviews)
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About this product

Model:  Prem_Cheshire

The essential accessory for anyone owning a Newtonian telescope.

This premium combined Cheshire Collimator with Sight Tube is manufactured for us here in the UK to a very high standard. Beautifully machined and anodised with a clearly etched cross on the target face and a precisely centred wire reticle.

The sighting tube’s narrow field of view and crosshairs provide a centring reference for the telescope’s optical elements. The Cheshire eyepiece has a means of providing illumination to a target face (set at 45 degrees to the illuminating hole) that will be used to collimate the primary mirror.

 

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Expensive for what it does
Tuesday, 12 October 2021  | 

A substantial piece that has the advantage of being able to be clamped at varying 'heights' instead of the single position like a lens. At it's lowest position, the weight is sufficient to hold it parallel to the focuser without any tilting away from the axis.
I don't know if the cross-hairs on the aluminium angled reflector is meant to be used as such, and is sufficiently accurate, but it is possible to see an alignment difference by overlaying the reflected wire cross-hairs at the bottom of the tube with the ones on the aluminium piece. On my scope, it indictaed that the axis of the focusser to be out by a considerable amount using this method and would entail significant shimming of the focuser tube to correct it. I can't believe that the focuser tube is so far out of alignment. Instructions would be useful to advise if this was the intended use. Also, I had to adjust the aluminium etched cross-hairs to be in line with the wire cross-hairs.


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High quality at an affordable price
Monday, 6 September 2021  | 

Very nice Cheshire. You can feel the quality of the product and is very easy to use. Looks great in the red as well.


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Brand New to astronomy
Wednesday, 25 August 2021  | 

As a person with zero astronomy experience I depend on suggestions from others on what equipment to buy. It was suggested to me to get the Cheshire Collimating eyepiece. But when I received it it came with no instructions or guidance on how to use it. Eventually I will get help. Should come with a bit of a clue how to use it.


Response:

Instruction manuals are something definitely lacking on most astronomy products. We are having a manual produced for these which we hope to include in future.


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Excellent
Thursday, 24 June 2021  | 

Fantastic piece of kit. The engraved cross hair on the 45 degree face is a genius addition as it allows you to judge when the dot is bang in the middle of the donut.


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Robust and accurate
Sunday, 2 May 2021  | 

It's sturdy and precise.

Some criticism about lasers, but have to say I use this Cheshire collimator in combination with my AstroEssentials laser I received from FLO and I am getting close to perfect results.

The Cheshire does a splendid job of aligning the secondary under the focuser, and the laser is superb especially at aligning the primary as my telescope's focal length is too long to adjust the primary while simultaneously looking through the focuser. I finish everything off with a quick peek through a collimation cap and I am always pleased with the results.

The important things to ensure are that the laser itself is collimated, both the Cheshire and laser sit flush in the focuser, and that the telescope tube is not horizontal as that can tip the primary mirror forward and as soon as you point the telescope upright, collimation is lost.

There isn't any instructions with it but I don't think there usually is, even with lasers.

The service from FLO is always A1

5 Stars from me!


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Excellent product- but the price.
Tuesday, 16 March 2021  | 

This really is a pleasure to use and an essential kit for Newtonian owners. I have played with many other Cheshire variants but none come close to this. The only downside is a fairly aggressive price point for what is a very basic manufacture. I would certainly buy it again but my hip pocket nerve did feel the pain.


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Well made, easy to use, great service
Friday, 12 March 2021  | 

Great service again from FLO, thank you.

This piece of equipment looks good, feels rugged and works very well.
I've never collimated a telescope before - and no instructions are provided of note, however 20 mins of online research / watching a couple of youtube videos made it straightforward.


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Well engineered
Friday, 5 March 2021  | 

Just the job! Well engineered and will last a, lifetime. Tested on my F5 with perfect results.
Great job team FLO. Looks great in the astro tool collection too.


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Great value for money
Monday, 18 January 2021  | 

Very sturdy built cheshire. Gets the job perfectly done!


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Excellent
Thursday, 12 November 2020  | 

Very well made . All you need forget lasers


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Q1. I have a Celestron 114EQ short. This has a lens at the end of the focusing tube. I take it that to collimate this you would need to remove this lens?

Yes - this lens will need to be removed before collimation.

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