I am new to the hobby and trying to get the best out of my first scope, a Polaris 130EQ. It seems to be a decent starter scope with good reviews, but I'm having trouble with collimation.
My question is: can the secondary mirror be adjusted away from the primary, toward the spider?
While trying to collimate per the instructions from Meade, I am unable to center the secondary mirror when viewed through the focuser tube. The secondary appears to be too far toward the primary mirror, viewed with and without a collimation cap. Since I don't understand exactly how such an adjustment is made, I wanted to ask the experts in this forum. I assume any forward/back adjustment involves the center screw, but somewhere I had read a stern (perhaps overly dire) warning to not touch that screw! I have a picture in mind of what I think needs to happen, but I'd rather be safe than drop a mirror.
I've uploaded a couple of photos showing how the secondary looks with and without the collimation cap. Hopefully they are helpful!
I like the Polaris 130 and I want to push it as far as it can go. I find myself getting hooked on the hobby and have just bought an LX85 8" ACF...but I still want to dial in the 130 as a more portable option.
I appreciate any advice from the community!