That wonderful, long-hoped-for day has arrived: The box containing a new catadi-optric telescope (CAT) is on the doorstep. You are plenty excited. There is nothing like tearing into telescope boxes! Restrain yourself, however. The key to avoiding grief and confusion is being careful and methodical when unpacking, checking, and assembling a new telescope. Of course, you are anxious to get the new baby out under the stars and take "first light," but the experience will be more enjoyable if you take time to thoroughly check the telescope indoors first.
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