First Light with a CAT
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Initial Field Setup, Alignment, Checkout, and Troubleshooting
Now is the time to stop being a CAT chooser and become a CAT user. Before beginning, please skim that darned telescope manual one last time and review the section in Chapter 5 concerning indoor (“fake”) alignment.
Outdoor Setup, Alignment, and Checkout
The first priority on this first evening with the new telescope is finding a place to set it up, and the good old backyard is a natural. No, the skies probably are not dark, but this first time it is probably best to stick close to home, even if the sky is badly light polluted. You are going to spend as much time squinting at the instruction manual as squinting through the eyepiece, and it will be nice to be able to turn on a white light without incurring the wrath of fellow observers when there are problems—which there probably will be on this first run.
Where exactly should the scope be set up? That is easy. Take it to an open space with as clear a view of the sky as...