Bushnell 78-9500 User's Manual | Manualzz
78-9500 60mm RefraCtor
Lit. #: 91-0264/08-01
Never Look Directly At The Sun With
Your Telescope
Permanent Damage
To Your Eyes May Occur
Your Bushnell telescope can bring the wonders of the universe to your eyes. While
this manual is intended to assist you in the set-up and basic use of this instrument,
it does not cover everything you might like to know about astronomy. Although
Northstar will give a respectable tour of the night sky, it is recommended you obtain
a very simple star chart and a flashlight with a red bulb or red cellophane over the
end. For objects other than stars and constellations, a basic guide to astronomy is
a must. Some recommended sources appear on our website at www.bushnell.com.
Also on our website will be current events in the sky for suggested viewing. But,
some of the standbys that you can see are:
The Moon—A wonderful view of our lunar neighbor can be enjoyed with any
magnification. Try viewing at different phases of the moon. Lunar highlands, lunar
maria (lowlands called "seas" for their dark coloration), craters, ridges and
mountains will astound you.
Saturn—Even at the lowest power you should be able to see Saturn’s rings and
moons. This is one of the most satisfying objects in the sky to see simply because
it looks like it does in pictures. Imagine seeing what you’ve seen in textbooks or
NASA images from your backyard!
Jupiter—The largest planet in our solar system is spectacular. Most noted features
are its dark stripes or bands both above and below its equator. These are the north
and south equatorial belts. Also interesting are Jupiter’s four major moons. Pay
close attention to their positions from night to night. They appear to be lined up on
either side of Jupiter.
Mars—The Great Red Planet appears as a reddish-orange disk. Look at different
times of the year and try to catch a glimpse of the white polar ice caps.
Venus—Just like the moon, Venus changes phases from month to month. At times
Venus appears brilliantly in the night sky, just as if you were looking at a distant crescent
Nebulae—The Great Orion Nebula is a very well known night sky object. This and many
others are brought to you by this telescope.
Star Clusters—View millions of stars densely packed in a cluster that resembles a ball.
Galaxies—One of the greatest and most interesting galaxies is our neighbor, the
Andromeda Galaxy. Enjoy this and many others.
Parts Diagrams
78-9500 60mm Refractor
Telescope Parts Diagram
1. Red Dot Wide Field Finderscope
8. Accessory Tray
2. Eyepiece
9. Rack and Pinion Focusing Mechanism
3. Telescope Main Tube
10. Declination Lock Knob
4. 60mm Objective Lens
11. Counterweight Shaft
5. Latitude Lock Knob
12. Counterweight
6. Tripod Leg
13. Fine Adjustment Cables
7. Accessory Tray Braces
78-9500 60mm
Step 2
Step 1
1. Spread tripod legs and attach accessory tray.
2. Attach telescope tube, finderscope, counterweight and fine
adjustment cables to pre-assembled Equatorial Mount
with pre-attached tripod legs.
• Adjustable Aluminum Tripod Assembly
(Three Legs)
• Accessory Tray
• Refractor Telescope Assembly
• Red Dot Wide Field Finderscope
• 20mm, 12mm, 4mm Eyepieces
• Erect Image Eyepiece (For Land Use)
• Barlow Lens
• Equatorial Mount
Remove all components from the carton and identify all components. READ THROUGH ASSEMBLY
Attach Accessory Tray and Telescope
Fold down the accessory tray braces and place the Accessory Tray on top of braces. Attach
Accessory Tray with included three small accessory tray bolts and nuts.
Locate the pre-assembled Tripod and Equatorial Mount. Remove attachment bolts at top of
Equatorial Mount. Attach Telescope Main Tube to the top of the Equatorial Mount. Secure in place
by reinserting bolts through Equatorial Mount into base plate.
Attach Fine Adjustment Cables, Counterweight, and Finderscope
Locate the Fine Adjustment Cables. Screw the silver collars, located at the end of the Fine Adjustment
Cables, to the corresponding silver posts found on the Equatorial Mount.
Locate the Counterweight and Counterweight Shaft. Loosen the thumb screw located on the
Counterweight and slide the Counterweight onto the Counterweight Shaft, and tighten thumb screw to
secure the Counterweight. Thread the Counterweight Shaft into the hole located directly below the
Declination Lock Knob. Make sure that the shaft is securely locked into mount.
Locate the Finderscope with pre-assembled Finderscope Mount. Remove the two nuts located near
the front of the telescope (closet to the eyepiece) and place the Finderscope and Finderscope Mount
over the exposed screws. Replace the nuts, and securely tighten the Finderscope and Finderscope
Mount in place.
Adjust tripod leg height to suit by opening tripod leg lock and extending tripod legs to desired height.
TightenTripod Leg Lock when complete.
Remove objective dust cover ensuring that the entire diameter of the telescope tube is exposed.
Insert Eyepiece into Diagonal Mirror then both into the focusing tube to begin viewing.
Selecting an Eyepiece
You should always start viewing with the lowest power eyepiece, which in this case is the
20 mm lens. Note: the base power of each eyepiece is determined by the focal length of the
telescope objective lens. A formula can be used to determine the power of each eyepiece:
telescope OBJECTIVE lens focal length divided by EYEPIECE focal length =
MAGNIFICATION (e.g. Using the 20 mm lens, a sample calculation would look like this:
700 mm / 20mm = 35x or 35 power. Telescope models will vary in focal length).
Included with this telescope is a Barlow lens. Barlow lenses are used to double or triple the
power of your telescope. Place your Barlow between the focusing tube and the eyepiece.
Using the example above, your 3x Barlow lens would give you a total power of 105x or
135 power. (35 x 3 = 105x or 105 power). The magnification calculation would look like this:
700 mm/ 20mm =35 power. 35 power x 3 = 105 power.
Focusing Telescope
After selecting the desired eyepiece, aim main telescope tube at a land-based target at least
200 yards away (e.g. a telephone pole or building).
Fully extend focusing tube by turning Rack and Pinion Focusing Mechanism.
While looking through selected eyepiece (in this case the 20 mm), slowly retract focusing tube
by turning Rack and Pinion Focusing Mechanism until object comes into focus.
Aligning Finderscope
Look through Main Telescope Tube and establish a well-defined target. (see Focusing
Telescope section)
Looking through Wide Field Finderscope, alternate tightening each Finderscope Adjustment
Screw until the red dot of Wide Field Finderscope are precisely centered on the same object
already centered in Main Telescope Tube's field of view.
Now, objects located first with the Wide Field Finderscope will be centered in the field of view
of the main telescope.
Never Look Directly At The Sun With
Your Telescope
Permanent Damage
To Your Eyes May Occur
Understanding the Equatorial Mount
The Equatorial Mount is designed to move in any direction. It can be set to allow manual controls
to track the movements of celestial bodies across the sky. This is referred to as diurnal movement:
movement of celestial bodies in the direction opposite to that of the earth’s rotation and around
the earth’s axis.
By aligning the telescope’s polar axis at celestial North, you will place the telescope in parallel with
the earth’s axis and thus be able to locate stars in the sky based on star atlas information.
Set up the telescope at night. Loosen the Declination Lock Knob and rotate the telescope
around the declination axis until the arrow on the declination scale points to 90 degrees.
Tighten the Declination Lock Knob.
Look up the latitude of your area in any geographical atlas. Loosen the Latitude Lock Knob
and set the latitude scale to the correct latitude for your area. Aim the Finderscope at Polaris.
You will probably notice that Polaris is not dead center in the Finderscope’s field of view. This
is probably because your telescope is not absolutely level with the ground. Loosen the
Horizontal Axis Lock Knob again and turn the telescope so that it is directly aimed at Polaris.
Tighten both the Horizontal Axis Lock Knob and Latitude Lock Knob. Polaris is 1 degree from
the North celestial pole. Therefore, the sighting of stars will have to be slightly adjusted as you
locate them in the heavens.
1. First determine your targeted object. Any bright object in the night sky is a good starting
point. One of the favorite starting points in astronomy is the moon. This is an object sure
to please any budding astronomer or experienced veteran. When you have developed
proficiency at this level, other objects become good targets. Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and
Venus are good second steps to take.
2. The first thing you need to do after assembling the telescope as planned is center the
desired object in the finderscope’s crosshairs. Provided you did a reasonable job aligning
the finderscope, a quick look through the main telescope tube at low power should reveal
the same image. With the lowest power eyepiece (the one with the largest number printed
on it) you should be able to focus the same image that you saw through the finderscope.
Avoid the temptation to move directly to the highest power. The low power eyepiece
will give you a wider field of view, and brighter image—thus making it very easy to
find your target object. At this point with a focused image in both scopes, you’ve passed
the first obstacle. If you don’t see an image after attempting to focus it in, you might
consider aligning your finderscope again. Once you pass this step, you will enjoy the time
spent ensuring a good alignment. Every object you center in the finderscope will be easily
found in the main telescope tube, which is important for continuing your exploration of
the night sky.
3. The low power eyepieces are perfect for viewing the full moon, planets, star clusters,
nebulae, and even constellations. These should build your foundation. However, for more
detail, try bumping up in magnification to higher power eyepieces on some of these
objects. During calm and crisp nights, the light/dark separation line on the moon (called the
"Terminator") is marvelous at high power. You can see mountains, ridges and craters jump
out at you due to the highlights. Similarly, you can move up to higher magnifications on the
planets and nebulae. Star clusters and individual stars are best viewed through the low
power no matter what.
4. The recurring astronomical theater we call the night sky is an ever-changing billboard. In
other words, the same movie doesn’t play all the time. Rather, the positions of the stars
change not only hourly as they seem to rise and set, but also throughout the year. As the
earth orbits the sun our perspective on the stars changes on a yearly cycle about that orbit.
The reason the sky seems to move daily just as the sun and the moon "move" across our
sky is that the earth is rotating about its axis. As a result you may notice that after a few
minutes or a few seconds depending on what power you are viewing at, the objects in your
telescope will move. At higher magnifications especially, you will notice that the moon or
Jupiter will "race" right out of the field of view. To compensate, just move your telescope to
"track" it in the necessary path.
1. Your telescope is a very sensitive instrument. For best results and fewer vibrations set your telescope up on a level location
on the ground rather than your concrete driveway or your wooden deck. This will provide a more stable foundation for viewing,
especially if you’ve drawn a crowd with your new telescope.
2. If possible view from a location that has relatively few lights. This will allow you to see much fainter objects. You’d be surprised
how much more you’ll see from your local lake or park when compared to a backyard in the city.
3. Using your telescope out a window is NEVER recommended.
4. View objects that are high in the sky if possible. Waiting until the object rises well above the horizon will provide a
brighter and crisper image. Objects on the horizon are viewed through several layers of earth’s atmosphere. Ever
wonder why the moon appears orange as it sets on the horizon? It’s because you are looking through a considerable
more amount of atmosphere than you would directly overhead. (Note: If objects high in the sky are distorted or wavy,
you are probably viewing on a very humid night.) During nights of unstable atmosphere, viewing through a telescope
can be frustrating if not impossible. Astronomers refer to crisp, clear nights as nights of "good seeing."
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