After weeks of planing by you and some of your friends. The day has arrived, and in a few hours the quadrantids meteor shower will be at its peak. Now, you are all ready, telescope packed along with objectives, filters, and microfiber cloth. Also, you bring a cooler filled with refreshments and a camping chair. Then you announce your departure to the whole world via. Facebook and Twitter. Hours later, arriving during civil twilight, after choosing the perfect spot, it begins. Amazed at how clear the sky is, how bright the stars are, and how little light pollution there is, you set up your telescope. Once assembled you reach to switch on your finderscope only to find it has been on, for weeks. Being persistent, you don't give up, you decide to mend it.
Step 1: Materials
Unfortunately, you are hours from civilization, left with what you can scrounge from litter bugs and your car.
You find these items:
*sticks (lots of them)
*3 rubber bands
*1 laser pointer
*less than a foot of electrical tape
Step 2: Assembly
1. Wrap the electrical tape around the laser pointer holding down the laser power button
2. Place 2 stick on opposite sides of the laser pointer so that the point where the laser exits is equidistant from both sticks
3. wrap one rubber band around the sticks and laser pointer
4. wrap the other rubber bands around the finderscope and the sticks
Step 3: Aligning the Mended Finderscope
1. Find an object around 100 feet away that isn't too bright as to hurt when looking at it.
2. point your telescope at the object and center it in your view
3. lock telescope on object
4. use the adjustment knobs on the finderscope to point the laser at the object
5. repeat steps 1 - 4 with an object around 400 feet away
6. repeat steps 1 - 4 with a Celestial body, I recommend a planet