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ZenithStar 66
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INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
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Thank you for choosing a William Optics ZENITHSTAR 66
high-quality short tube refractor. This simple step-by-step
instruction manual is designed to provide Zenithstar owners
with a better understanding of how to operate their new telescope
by providing precise, updated information.
CONTENTS
These instructions will also guide you through how to properly
maintain the Zenithstar, and how to operate it at its maximum
capabilities.
Getting to know your telescope
01
ZenithStar 66 SD Doublet APO Specifications
02
Please carefully familiarize yourself with your telescope's
parts and functions before operating it for the first time.
ZenithStar 66 Triplet ED APO Specifications
03
ZenithStar 66 Petzval ED Semi-APO Specifications
04
ZenithStar 66 Accessories Chart
05
Connection Instructions ( SCT Diagonal Mirror )
06
Connection Instructions ( Red Dot Finder )
07
Connection Instructions ( Aligning Red Dot Finfer )
08
Usage
09
Storage and Cleaning
10
Caution and Safety
11
Bundle Equipment
11
Optional Equipment
12
WARNING!
DO NOT USE THIS TELESCOPE UNDER ANY
CIRCUMSTANCES TO DIRECTLY VIEW THE SUN.
It could easily cause instant blindness or serious damage to your
eyes. To view the sun, use only appropriately designed solar filters
that will reject 99.96% of the sun light and heat. Educate your family
on how to use this telescope properly during day and night time
observations. For further information please contact your local dealer.
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Getting to know your telescope
ZenithStar 66 SD Doublet APO Specifications
Aperture
66 mm
Focal Ratio
F / 5.9
Focal Length
388 mm (15.3")
Objective Type
SD Doublet, Air Spaced,
Fully Multi-Coated, STM coating
Resolving Power
1.78"
Limiting Magnitude
10.8
Lens Shade
Retractable
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Dew shield cover
Retractable dew shield
Extend
Focuser
40.6 mm (1.6") Crayford Focuser
with 1:10 dual-speed microfocuser
63 mm (2.4") Focuser Travel Length
360 o Rotatable Design
1.25" Adapter
Brass Compression Ring
Connection point
for tripod
L- type Mount
L Bracket Based
L Bracket
Field Stops
10 Baffles
Tube Diameter
75 mm (2.95")
Tube Length
300 mm (11.8") Fully Retracted
360 mm (14.2") Fully Extended
Tube Weight
3.5 lbs. (1.7 kg)
Case
Aluminium Case (Standard)
main tube
360o rotatable
focuser lock screw
lock screw for
focuser drawtube
1:10 fine focus knob
1.25" adapter
lock screw
1.25" adapter
Case Dimensions
(WxHxD)
Case Weight
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38.5 cm x 24.5 cm x 16.5 cm
(15" x 9.6" x 6.5")
(Water Resistant)
3.7 mm (1.6")
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ZenithStar 66 Triplet ED APO Specifications
ZenithStar 66
Petzval ED Semi- APO Specifications
Aperture
66 mm
Aperture
66 mm
Focal Ratio
F/7
Focal Ratio
F / 6.1
Focal Length
460 mm (18.1")
Focal Length
400 mm (15.7")
Objective Type
Triplet ED APO Design
Fully Multi-Coated
Objective Type
4-Element Design Fully Multi-Coated
Resolving Power
1.78"
Resolving Power
1.78"
Limiting Magnitude
10.8
Limiting Magnitude
10.8
Lens Shade
Retractable
Lens Shade
Retractable
40.6 mm (1.6") Crayford Focuser
with 1:10 dual-speed microfocuser
Focuser
61 mm (2.4") Focuser Travel Length
360
o
Brass Compression Ring
L- type Mount
L Bracket Based
Field Stops
10 Baffles
Dew Shield O.D.
85 mm (3.3")
Tube Diameter
75 mm (2.95")
Tube Length
345 mm (13.6") Fully Retracted
410 mm (16.1") Fully Extended
Tube Weight
3.7 lbs. (1.7 kg)
Case
Stylish carrying bag
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Focuser
38.5 cm x 24.5 cm x 11.5 cm
(15" x 9.6" x 4.5")
(Water Resistant)
61 mm (2.4") Focuser Travel Length
360 o Rotatable Design
Rotatable Design
1.25" Adapter
Case Dimensions
(WxHxD)
40.6 mm (1.6") Crayford Focuser
with 1:10 dual-speed microfocuser
1.25" Adapter
Brass Compression Ring
L- type Mount
L Bracket Based
Field Stops
10 Baffles
Dew Shield O.D.
85 mm (3.3")
Tube Diameter
75 mm (2.95")
Tube Length
345 mm1 (3.6") Fully Retracted
410 mm (16.1") Fully Extended
Tube Weight
3.7 lbs. (1.7 kg)
Case
Stylish carrying bag
Case Dimensions
(WxHxD)
38.5 cm x 24.5 cm x 11.5 cm
(15" x 9.6" x 4.5")
(Water Resistant)
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Connection Instructions
ZenithStar 66 Accessories Chart
(2" SCT Diagonal & Optional SCT Adapter plus Standard 2" Diagonal)
Step-1
Red Dot Finder
(R.D.F.)
Extend the tube fully and connect the scope
via the L-base bracket or mounting rings.
Remove the 1.25" adapter to mount a WO
SCT Diagonal or extender.
SLR / DSLR
Camera
CCD Adapter
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Step-2
2" Diagonal
Mirror
2" SCT/ZS66
Adapter
Stylish Carrying Bag
(Water Resistant)
EZTouch
DCL
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Digital
Video
Make sure that the diagonal is tightly secured
before operating.
2" Diagonal
Mirror
2" Eyepiece
DCL
4337
Digital Camera
(Canon,CASIO,
SONY,OLYMPUS)
DCL
28
NIKON
Digital Camera
2" 45
Erecting Prism
1.25" 45
Erecting Prism
(2" Barrel)
Holding the diagonal steady in position with
one hand, turn the SCT ring on the SCT thread
of the ZS 66.
Violet
Reducer
Filter(VR)
Step-3
An OPTIONAL SCT extender/adapter allows you
to use 2" accessories on your ZS66.
Replace the 1.25" adapter with the extender.
This extender/adapter allows you to expand
the connectivity capabilities of your ZenithStar.
1.25" 45
Erecting Prism
Tripod
2" to1.25"
adapter
SCT Diagonal
Equatorial Mount
Step-4
1.25"
Eyepiece
2" Eyepiece
Insert a standard diagonal in the SCT extender/adapter
and lock the thumbscrew properly.
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Above diagram is only for future connectivity purposes.
Please contact our Authorized Dealers for accessories purchase.
Insert your favorite eyepiece and lock the
thumbscrew. If you are using a 1.25" eyepiece,
make sure that both the diagonal 2" screw and 1.25"
adapter screws are properly locked.
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Quick-Release
Bracket
Connection Instructions
Connection Instructions
( Red Dot Finder )
( Aligning R.D.F. )
Take out the finderscope screw from
the drawtube top with a small flat
screwdriver. This is the larger black
screw at the left of the rotation lock
thumbscrew.
We suggest positioning the RDF base
with the thumbscrew facing towards
the left (for clarity purposes it's shown
on the right hand side on these
instructions).
R.D.F Base
The alignment of the finder needs to be performed only when necessary. We
recommend aligning during daytime by point telescope and finder at the same
far object.
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Finderscope Screw
Step-1
Find a distant object in the
telescope with a low power
eyepiece.
Step-2
Insert the quick release red-dot finder
bracket in the base.
R.D.F.
View Field of Red Dot Finder.
(with WO Erecting Illuminated
Red Dot Finder)
Brightness Adjustment
Step-3
Lock the bracket thumbscrew properly
and follow alignment instructions. Note
that this is an optional product available
for purchase from WO.
Base Lock Screw
Step-2
Use a 2mm Allen key to loosen
the setscrew on the left side
of the RDF, near the bracket
under the letter "R". Using a
2.5 mm Allen key make
adjustments to the Alt-Az
adjustments (marked R and
UP) until the red dot in the
reticule overlays the same
object as the center of the
eyepiece view.
Step-3
Using a high magnification
eyepiece (short focal length)
repeat this procedure for fine
alignment.
Alignment Setcrews
Reticule Selector
View Field of Telescope.
(with WO Dielectric)
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Step-1
Usage
The Zenithstar series is designed to work with SCT-thread Diagonals, for both
daytime and nighttime viewing, as an outstanding travel scope. We recommend
purchasing a WO 2" star diagonal to make the most of these little telescopes.
Focuser Tension
Adjustment Screw
Drawtube Lock
Thumb Screw
2.5 mm
Allen key
Because the Zenithstar 66 are well suited to viewing nebulae, clusters, large
galaxies and comets, we recommend the use of high quality wide-angle eyepieces.
The WO SWAN and UWAN series eyepieces are available in a variety of focal
lengths. Viewing the moon and planets is also impressive at magnifications of 120X
when seeing conditions permit.
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To calculate the magnification of your telescope and eyepiece combination, divide
the telescope focal length in mm by the eyepiece focal length in mm.
Keep in mind that the atmosphere plays an important role in seeing conditions, and
only the best seeing conditions will support high power viewing. Additional power
under less than ideal seeing conditions will not result in an increase in viewable
details, and lower powered eyepieces should there be used under those conditions.
It's easiest to locate objects using low power eyepieces (20X magnification) and
then zoom in by switching to higher powered eyepieces. The largest field of view will
be seen using a12X low power-wide field of view eyepiece.
A stable tripod or mount is recommended for optimal viewing. This includes high
quality photography tripods, and German Equatorial mounts, which are designed for
astronomical use and include precise tracking of celestial objects. Optional accessories
from WO include mounting rings and plates, super high quality 2" Quartz star
diagonals which provide for superior viewing and high quality images.
The Zenithstar telescopes are suitable for large-field astrophotography; the Petzval
version features a very flat and well corrected field of view, the SD version has great
color correction at a fast speed of f/5.9, whereas the triplet version has an excellent
color correction. Please see our website for examples of photos taken with these
telescopes. The Accessories Chart on page 05 provides additional details on
photographic accessories for various CCD, digital and film cameras.
Never aim your telescope or finderscope at the Sun without proper Solar filters
installed on the front of the telescope. Doing so for even a moment may permanently
damage your vision. Proper Solar filters consist of a filters made by reputable
manufacturers, designed to fit tightly over the front of the dew shield. Solar eyepiece
filters are not considered safe, and should not be used. With proper front mounted
Solar filters, the telescope will not be harmed by viewing the Sun. Contact your
Authorized WO Dealer for further information on the brands, sizes, and prices of
proper solar filters.
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All WO telescopes, including ZenithStar, are now fitted with a smooth and precise
dual speed 1:10 focusing system.
1:10 means that for every ten full rotations of the small fine-focus knob the large
knob rotates once.
The focuser drawtube tension can be adjusted using a 1.5mm Allen key on the screw
protruding from the black hollow ring.
Tension should be adjusted only when necessary by progressively tightening the
screw until you reach the desired tension.
Make sure that the black ring is always tight against the focuser.
Storage and Cleaning
We suggest placing all accessories inside an airtight container with desiccative
control. Secondly, remember to store the telescope in a non-humid environment,
never leave it in a hot heated environment. If not properly stored, it may
develop mildew growth and other preventable build up.
Be particularly careful after a night observation that the lens has no dew on it
before storing the telescope away.
In case the lens surface becomes dusty, smeared, or gets fingerprints or fungus
build-up on it, first of all, remove any surface particle by using an air blower,
then carefully proceed to wiping the lens gently with a lint-free proper soft cloth.
Use a lens liquid cleaner to get the best cleaning result. Make sure you change
your cloth to a new one from time to time.
The above-mentioned indications are not necessary if you carefully protect your
telescope.
The beautiful anodizine of your ZenithStar 66 is not easy to ruin. Nonetheless
take care of the exterior body tube by wiping it down with a slightly damp soft
cloth from time to time. Water should be enough to do the job. Please do not
use any organic solvent on your telescope, for example alcohol, benzene and
other hazardous chemical as this might ruin it.
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Some 1.25" diagonals may require an additional extender. William Optics markets
an optional 2" SCT extender/adapter, as shown in the connection instructions.
Caution for Safety
Optional Equipment
Caution! Never directly view the sun light with your telescope.
Do not aim your ZenithStar 66 at the Sun because this might impair your Loss of
eyesight can occur when your telescope is not properly protected by solar
In order to operate your ZenithStar 66 you will need the following minimum
equipment:
viewing filter. (Solar filters can be easily purchased through your WO Authorized
Always place the optical telescope assembly (OTA) on a completely flat surface,
unstable placement of telescope may cause it to fall, and if handled without
caution, it may easily injure yourself and others.
Never use your telescope under rainy conditions: this telescope is not designed
to be water-proof. If your telescope accidentally gets caught in rain, please wipe
down the water with a dry clean cloth, but if the lens gets totally soaked by water,
A sturdy tripod for astronomical or birding usage or a mount (equatorial or ALTAZ).
A mirror diagonal or erecting prism (The WO 2" SCT Dielectric Diagonal is
strongly recommended for better results in star observation and digital photography.
A top-quality Dielectric Quartz model is also available now).
At least one or two good eyepieces (9 to 40 mm wide-field recommended)
depending on the application.
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Other accessories depending on application.
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please contact your WO Authorized Dealer right away for details on a service
solution.
Do not disassemble or attempt repairing your telescope without a written
authorization from William Optics Corp. : this violates the warranty terms under
the limited product warranty section and invalids any guarantee. Always consult
with your local WO Authorized Dealer or with William Optics Corp. for details on
how to service your telescope.
Also available from WO:
W.O. 2" SCT extender / adapter.
Red dot finder.
W.O. 2" Star Mirror Diagonals.
Bundle Equipment
1. Stylish soft carrying case, backpack style, with custom fitted
foam, water resistant, carry-on size, aluminium case for ZenithStar
66 SD Doublet APO.
W.O. 2" and 1.25" 45 Erecting prisms.
Ultra wide angle UWAN Eyepieces, 1.25" or 2" versions.
DCL 52, 28, 4337 series "Digital Camera adapter Lens for Digital Cameras and
Digital Video".
2. L-bracket base.
3. Dew shield cover.
4. 2" to 1.25" Adapter.
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Digiscoping adapter: universal adapter for any type of digital camera.
W.O. VR-1 filter improves seeing on bright objects like the Moon "Violet-Reducer".
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M i r r o r s
2" SCT Exender Adapter
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D i a g o n a l
2" SCT/ ZS66 Adapter
2" SCT Quartz Dielectric Diagonal
High-quality dielectric coating (99% reflectivity), precision-polished quartz flat in our much-admired,
patented mechanics.
Our 2" Diagonals are what you need for your best observing sessions. Only from William Optics.
Allows connection of 2" accessories such as photo adapters or 2" diagonals
to ZS 66 and other 2" SCT-thread telescopes.
Completely anodized.
Anti-marring brass compression ring chromed thumbscrew.
Digital Camera adapter Lenses
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2" SCT Dielectric
Diagonal Mirror
2" SCT
Diagonal Mirror
99% reflectivity with 1/10 lambda highprecision mirror surface, with elegant
exterior design, with 1.25" adapter.
97% reflectivity with 1/10 lambda highprecision mirror surface, with elegant
exterior design, with 1.25" adapter.
DCL-4337
This innovative digital adapter lens is
designed for large-lens digital camera and
digital video cams users' needs.
It can be connected to any 2" diagonal or
erecting prism through a 2" to 1.25" adapter.
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1.25" 45
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1.25" Eyepieces
45
Erecting Prisms
Perfect both for astronomical and terrestrial observations.
Revolutionary and sophisticated design, extra-smooth feel.
R.D.F. & Bracket
Super Wide Angle (72 ).
9 mm, 15 mm, 20 mm focal lengths.
5 elements in 4 groups, fully multi-coated.
Parfocal.
U W A N
E y e p i e c e s
Red dot finder (R.D.F.)
This very practical r.d.f. comes with a handy, quick-release bracket included
in the price. Centering your objects in the sky has never been easier!
1.25" Uwan Eyepieces
Ultra Wide Angle (82 )
16mm (1.25"),7mm (1.25"), 4mm (1.25") focal lengths.
7 elements in 4 groups, fully multi-coated.
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