Farpoint 2 Inch Collimation Kit with Carrying Case

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Farpoint 2 Inch Collimation Kit with Carrying Case

SKU: FP217
Regular price $388.00 Sale price $271.60 Save $116.40
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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Dave Depagnier
Pretty good but could be better

This collimator is well made but mine wasn’t collimated dead on when I received it. I had to tweak the adjustment screws and fool with it for about an hour to get it just right. The real problem is that the 2” barrel does not have a flat surface behind it to butt up against what ever it is inserted into. Instead, the surface has a chamfer on it which makes it difficult to ensure that the collimator is precisely parallel to the focuser/optical axis. I’m probably going to take it to a machinist and have that rounded backstop machined flat so that I can just insert the collimator into a 2” ring adapter, press it all the way in against the newly machined flat and tighten it down. Only then am I assured that it’s properly aligned for collimation.

Didier Prophete

I am loving it. I am using with the Celestron XLT 150 F/5 newt and it makes collimation such a breeze. So much more reliable than the cheap $30 amazon laser collimator... not even in the same league...

Ardell Suhumskie
Farpoint 2 Inch Collimation Kit

Very high-quality items! I can finally quit worrying if my laser is out of calibration and just use the tool. If your scope has a 2" Focuser it only makes sense to use a 2" tool. The carrying case is a nice touch as well.

Veronica L
Great upgrade!

This collimation kit is so much better than the original collimator that came with my Z12. The collimator fits perfectly in the draw tube without moving around and shifting the laser beam. I haven't been able to use the cheshire piece in the dark yet--I need to figure out how to do that by shining a light down the tube. Instead, I just adjusted the primary to bounce the return laser beam into the outgoing beam (as shown in the Farpoint video), and the scope seemed to be very well collimated. If I get brave enough to remove and clean the primary mirror sometime, I will add the triangle marker to the center of the mirror for more accuracy. I'm happy with my purchase.

Jeremy M
Great kit

This was just what I needed to get my 6" f/4 imaging newt collimated for deep space photography. I had been struggling with other laser collimators, but this one is perfectly centered, well machined, and the dot is tiny compared to the normal cheshire style laser collimators. The center spotting triangle is also a game changer compared to the factory circle on the primary, takes the guesswork out of centering.

Does not come with a autocollimator. If you're interested in an autocollimator with a cheshire you can purchase this kit instead

Farpoint 2 Inch Collimation Kit with Carrying Case includes a 650nm laser collimator plus 2″ Cheshire in a case. Helps align telescope mirrors on a Newtonian Reflector or Dobsonian.

Farpoint 2 Inch Collimation Kit with Carrying Case includes a 1.25" and 2" combo stepped barrel 650nm laser collimator plus 2″ cheshire in a sturdy red carrying case with fitted foam insert. These tools help align the optical axes of the mirrors of a Newtonian Reflector.

Farpoint 650nm Laser Collimator is precisely machined from a single piece of aluminum in a single machining step, resulting in perfect alignment. Offering the smallest aperture of any other laser in the amateur astronomy market, Farpoint lasers feature an aperture (0.76mm or 30/1000 of an inch) producing less speckling and more precise reading of the laser beam’s position on the telescope mirror.

Features a 1.25" and 2" combo stepped barrel, an extra bright 650nm red laser, and superior EIGHT screw alignment arrangement ensuring that BOTH ends of the laser diode are held in place by two sets of directly opposing screws for precise and lasting alignment.

Farpoint 2" Cheshire Collimator is a precision-machined, red anodized alignment tool for 2″ apertures, is practically indestructible, and requires no batteries.

A Cheshire eyepiece or Cheshire collimator consists of a peephole that is inserted into the telescope focuser in place of the eyepiece. Ambient light falls on the brightly painted oblique back of the peephole. Images of this bright surface are reflected by the mirrors or lenses of the telescope and can thus be seen by a person peering through the hole. A Cheshire eyepiece contains no lenses or other polished optical surfaces.

Kit also includes a mirror spotting template and triangle center spots to help simplify the process of center spotting a primary mirror.

We generally keep collimation tools in stock. However, sometimes we run out. If the item is not immediately in stock, we make it to order and it takes 7 to 10 days to ship. If you have not received a tracking number in that time, please email support@opticalstructures.com for information regarding your order.

Our standard acetate mirror center marking template works with mirrors up to 10”. If your mirror is larger, you can print out the file below, tape it together, and use it to mark your larger mirror.

Large mirror center marking template

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