Attach the tripod legs to the mount with the screws that
come installed in the tops of the tripod legs. One washer should go
between the screw head and tripod leg and the other washer should
go between the wingnut and tripod leg.
3. Stand the tripod and mount upright and spread the tripod
legs apart as far as they will go, until the accessory tray
bracket is taut. Connect the accessory tray to the acces-
sory tray bracket with the three wing screws already
installed in the tray. Do this by pushing the wing screws
up through the holes in the accessory tray bracket and
threading them into the holes in the accessory tray.
4. Next, tighten the screws at the tops of the tripod legs,
so the legs are securely fastened to the mount. Use the
Phillips head screwdriver and your fingers to do this.
5. Install the latitude adjustment T-bolt into the threaded hole
in the rear of the mount (Figure 3).
The latitude adjustment T-bolt goes into the threaded
hole in the rear of the mount.
6. Orient the equatorial mount as it appears in Figure 1b. To
do this, first loosen the latitude lock T-bolt, and turn the lati-
tude adjustment T-bolt until the latitude scale pointer and
the "40" on the latitude scale line up. Then retighten the
latitude lock T-bolt. The declination (Dec.) and right ascen-
sion (R.A.) axes will need re-positioning (rotation) as well.
Be sure to loosen the R.A. and Dec. lock knobs before
doing this. Retighten the R.A. and Dec. lock knobs once the
equatorial mount is oriented as shown in Figure 1b.
7. Thread the counterweight shaft into the equatorial mount
at the base of the declination axis until tight.
8. Remove the screw and washer on the bottom of the coun-
terweight shaft and slide the counterweight onto the shaft.
Make sure the counterweight lock knob is adequately
loosened to allow the counterweight shaft to pass through
the hole. Position the counterweight about halfway up the
shaft and tighten the lock knob. Replace the screw and
washer on the end of the shaft.
9. Attach the two tube rings to the equatorial mount using
the hex head screws that come installed in the rings.
Remove the screws, then push them, with the washers
still attached, up through the holes in the tube ring mount-
ing plate (on the top of the equatorial mount) and rethread
them into the bottom of the tube rings. Tighten the screws
securely with the included wrench. Open the tube rings by
loosening their knurled ring clamps.
10. Attach the two slow-motion control cables to the R.A. and
Dec. worm gear shafts of the equatorial mount by posi-
tioning the thumbscrew on the end of the cable over the
indented slot on the worm gear shaft and then tightening
the thumbscrew. We recommend the shorter cable be
used on the R.A. worm gear shaft and the longer cable
on the Dec. worm gear shaft. You can install slow-motion
control cable on either end of the R.A. worm gear shaft;
use whichever end is most convenient.
11. Loosen and remove the reflex sight securing thumbnuts
from the optical tube assembly. Place the holes in the base
of the EZ Finder's bracket over the two threaded shafts
coming out of the optical tube. Replace the thumbnuts to
secure the reflex sight to the optical tube. Refer to Figure
1a for the proper orientation of the EZ Finder II.
13. Remove the cap from the focuser and insert the 15mm
Expanse eyepiece into the focuser drawtube. Secure it in
place with the thumbscrews on the end of the drawtube.
Your StarBlast 4.5 EQ is now fully assembled and should resem-
ble Figure 1a. Leave the dust cover on the front of the optical
tube when it is not in use.
4. getting started
Now that the StarBlast 4.5 is assembled, the next things to do
are to balance the telescope about its axes of motion, and to
align the reflex sight with the telescope.
Balancing the telescope
To insure smooth movement of the telescope on both axes of the
equatorial mount, it is imperative that the optical tube be properly
balanced. First balance the telescope with respect to the R.A.
axis, then the Dec. axis.