Carson Optical RP-100 Telescope user manual

Key to Figures 1-8:

Assembly of your Red Planet Telescope:

Setting Up Your Tripod:

The aluminum tripod comes preassembled and ready-to-use. Remove the tripod from the box and pull apart the legs. Gently push down the tripod braces (Fig. 6-21) until they are in the lowest position. Turn the tightening ring (Fig. 6-20) (located at the center of the tripod brace) clockwise to lock the tripod in the open position. You can then extend the legs to the desired height by pulling open the tab on each leg lock (Fig. 6-25), sliding the leg down the desired amount and then pushing the leg lock back against the leg into the locked position (Fig. 6-24). Repeat the process with each leg trying to keep the tripod as level as possible with the ground. You will notice there are holes in the tripod leg braces (Fig. 6-22). These are designed to hold eyepieces when not in use.

10x30mm Finder Scope

Focus Knobs

Optical Tube Assembly

Horizontal Lock Knob

U Mount Locking Screw

Altitude Rod Fine Adjustment Control

Altitude Rod

Locking Plates

Tripod Legs

Locking Plate Thumbscrews

Altitude Rod Coarse Adjustment Control

Focuser Thumbscrew

Finder Scope Bracket Thumbscrew

Finder Scope Focus Knob

Finder Scope Bracket

Finder Scope Bracket Mounting Bolts

Tripod Tightening Ring

Tripod Brace

Eyepiece Holder Slots

Tripod Hook

Tripod Leg Lock Closed

Tripod Leg Lock Open

Diagonal Mirror Tilt Screws

Diagonal Mirror Holder

Primary Mirror Locking Screws

Primary Mirror Tilt Screws

Attaching the U Mount:

Remove the U mount (Fig. 1-6) from the box. Place the bottom of the mount into the hole in the top of the tripod head and secure with the mount locking screw (Fig. 1-8). Please be careful to make sure that the mount is securely attached to the tripod.

Attaching the Telescope Tube to the Mount:

Carefully remove the optical tube assembly (Fig. 1-5) from the box.

Gently place the optical tube between the forks of the U mount with the focuser (Fig. 1-2) towards the front. Slide the knobs located on the sides of the optical tube assembly into the corresponding openings at the top of the

U mount. Twist the locking plates (Fig. 3-11) on the sides of the telescope until the thumbscrew (Fig. 3-13) is aligned with the holes on the forks of the mount. Tighten the thumbscrews to secure the telescope to the mount. Slide the altitude rod (Fig. 3-10) into the hole in the altitude coarse adjustment control (Fig. 3-14). Align the end of the altitude rod with the corresponding