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HOTECH 1.25 Inch Laser Collimator for Newtonian Telescopes

Item # HN-HOTE003

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HOTECH
Telescope Accessories Series
Laser Collimator

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  • Features SCA Self-Centering Adapter
  • This model works in 1.25 inch focusers
  • Available in standard laser or crosshair laser
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HOTECH 1.25 Inch Laser Collimator for Newtonian Telescopes
 
4.6

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (48)
  • Strong construction (39)
  • Widely compatible adapter (12)
  • Good padding (11)
  • Great optics (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (42)
    • Astrophotography (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (32), Avid adventurer (22)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (27), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    IT REALLY DOES WORK

    this is a great product. I misaligned my 5in 127 eq newtonian scope to test the hotech claims and this product did great. before reassembling the scope i marked the absolute center as a...Read complete review

    this is a great product. I misaligned my 5in 127 eq newtonian scope to test the hotech claims and this product did great. before reassembling the scope i marked the absolute center as a guide point to aim the laser.re-assembled and the alignment was terrible, just the way i wanted it. upon receiveing the hotech collmination devise i follwed the youtube, [...], instructions and within 10 min max i was in great alginment. so outside i went for the star test and never have i had such a great view jupiter, orion and many other celestial object, thanks HOTECH for a great, simple easy to understand and perform collmination tool. this is one tool every backyard telescope enthusiast should have.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as Self Centering as They Claim

    The concept is great in theory, but the self centering construction doesn't work as claimed. It appears that this is possibly due to a design flaw in the compression rings, which causes each...Read complete review

    The concept is great in theory, but the self centering construction doesn't work as claimed. It appears that this is possibly due to a design flaw in the compression rings, which causes each of the bands to not get the same amount of compression. This leaves either the top or the bottom band not fitting as snug as it should be to prevent movement. I would also recommend not going the extra mile for the Crosshair laser feature. It makes the center point of the laser much larger which makes it harder set up for pin-point accuracy. All this aside, I was able to successfully collimate my optics train with this laser collimator, but not until I made a few modifications to make it fit better. My entire reason for buying this collimator over all others was the claim that it was self-centering, had I known of it's shortcomings in this department I would of most likely opted for a different brand. If you expect things to perform as advertised, you may wish to look elsewhere. If you don't mind doing a few modifications to overcome design issues, then this is the one for you.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    works very well

    By Lyle

    from DOVER,DE

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Nicely Made

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about HOTECH 1.25 Inch Laser Collimator for Newtonian Telescopes:

        A very nice product from amateur astronomer since 1974. Saved a lot of walking! 2 scope collimated in 20 minutes-- one was newly just built and my original 8" scope which has always been a bear to collimate,

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Quality but...

        By Jose

        from SEBRING,FL

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Adds No Function
        • Not For Bird-jones Telesc

        Best Uses

          Comments about HOTECH 1.25 Inch Laser Collimator for Newtonian Telescopes:

          In the description it does no mention that the HOTECH Laser Collimator does not work for a Newtonian Bird-Jones telescope. So this purchase was useless for me.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Thank You!

          By Jason

          from Chittenango,NY

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Strong Construction
          • Widely Compatible Adapter

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about HOTECH 1.25 Inch Laser Collimator for Newtonian Telescopes:

            Great customer service!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great collimator

            By Alexk78

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about HOTECH 1.25 Inch Laser Collimator for Newtonian Telescopes:

              Ordered, got it quickly.

              Have lots of experience with the non-laser collimation tools (astrosystems light-pipe/autocollimator) that do the job but take literally hours to get the scope aligned. With the light-pipe + this laser + barlow i was able to take my new 12'' (from CL) apart, realign the focuser, secondary, primary in under 2 hours (this used to take several evenings with my other dobs)

              the laser is decently collimated (not perfect though, i got the laser moving about 2mm over 25 feet of distance while testing in a v-block). the SCA really gets it centered within the focuser. after initial alignment, using the bawlowed laser method showed that i am almost perfectly collimated, autocollimator agreed as well.

              In short, this one worth every dollar.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Worked well

              By Nicholas

              from OMAHA,NE

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astrophotography

                Comments about HOTECH 1.25 Inch Laser Collimator for Newtonian Telescopes:

                The laser makes this a really effective piece. I set it up and in no time my scope was working like new again

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