Collimation Tools

Farpoint Laser Collimator laser bodies are precisely machined from a single piece of aluminum in a single machining step, resulting in perfect alignment. A collimator is a simple tool that helps align the optical axes of the mirrors of a Newtonian reflector, a process called collimation. 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 an extra bright 650nm red laser (635mm versions are even brighter but otherwise identical to the 650mm model) 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.

Fabricated with a rugged, smooth red laser body to best show the position of the laser return beam on the laser body (red shows tightest beam with the least speckling). The easy to use switch has a positive action and it is protected by an aluminum ring to prevent inadvertent power cycling. This tool fits nicely into the palm of your hand, and will provide years of trouble-free, accurate mirror alignments.

Includes a mirror spotting template and triangle center spots to help simplify the process of center spotting a primary mirror. For Newtonian Reflectors only.

Farpoint makes both 1.25" and 2" Cheshire Collimators. A Cheshire is a simple tool that helps align the optical axes of the mirrors of a Newtonian reflecting telescope, a process called collimation. This precision-machined alignment tool is practically indestructible and requires no batteries. Unlike other "Cheshires" that are really Cheshire/Sight Tube combination tools, our Cheshire is a single purpose, no compromise tool for precise collimation. Comes with a center mark template and Triangle Center Mark sticker designed so that the edges of the triangle just touch the outside of the illuminated field. This removes the guesswork of centering your typical round centermark (much like trying to decide if that Cherrio in the bottom of your coffee mug is centered or not).

For Newtonian Reflectors only.

Farpoint 2" Autocollimator is our newly redesigned model and absolutely the finest Autocollimator on the market! Made from sturdy machined, anodized aluminum, creating the perfect tool for the final precision telescope alignment adjustment step. Click here for the ultimate resource in collimation utilizing autocollimators on the Cloudy Nights Community thread.

All Farpoint 2 Inch Autocollimators have a LIFETIME Alignment Guarantee. 

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