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(Half) Hitching To Nirvana — a review of the Half-Hitch Mark II Alt-Az mount
[User Review]  | 06/30/10 | by Doug Reilly
The Half-Hitch does a lot. But it’s a different beast from heavy equatorials or pretty much any other alt-az mount. I tried to capture some of its indepe. . .

3 Criterion Dynamax 8 scopes and B&L4000
[User Review]  | 07/25/10 | by Mark Swanson
I am a visual oberver and every Dynamax 8 and the B&L 4" have had excellent tracking. No noise, no jumping images from tracking errors, smooth movement in . . .

A New Kind of Grab-and-Go Mount -- The Mini Hitch
[User Review]  | 06/02/12 | by Will Petty
In summary, though the Mini Hitch is designed as the ultimate grab-and-go mount, my testing showed that it is much more--behaving nearly as well as mounts . . .

A review of the 31 Nagler versus the 32 Edmund Erfle
[User Review]  | 08/07/10 | by Mark Swanson
There is no question that the 31 Nagler was much better edge corrected than the 32 Edmund. However, this full field sharpness came at a price. I mean that . . .

A review of the Celestron CPC 1100 telescope
[User Review]  | 05/12/12 | by Tom Bryant
This telescope is a pretty good telescope. Bang for the buck, it's very hard to beat for what I ask of a telescope.. . .

A Review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet
[User Review]  | 11/09/13 | by Richard Flinn
The key word I keep coming back to in regard to this scope is "versatile." I am very pleased with the scope and expect to enjoy it for years to come for bo. . .

A shootout with pop-guns - Celestron’s tiny Dob vs. an old 50mm Tasco
[User Review]  | 06/19/10 | by Greg Stone
Bottom line: the FirstScope—as purchased—is a good toy; the 50mm Tasco as extensively modified gets to stay up late and play with the adults.. . .

A Tale of Two Observatories
[User Review]  | 11/22/12 | by Tom Bryant

If you're a planetary observer who does not need to see the zenith, and wants to see more of the sky than a narrow slit will allow, the SkyShed POD is f. . .


A Watch for the Stars!
[User Review]  | 06/08/14 | by Jeff Martin
Its uniquely intuitive and powerful interface, surrounded by a variety of models to suit your taste make the Yes Watch a beautiful and valuable full-time c. . .

Apertura AD12 review
[User Review]  | 11/13/11 | by John Kramer
The Apertura AD12, in its base configuration ($629.98), is a great value in a dobsonian telescope that offers sharp optics and superb motions on both axis.. . .

APM-100mm binocular telescope “More horse power for the aperture hungry eyes”
[User Review]  | 11/03/10 | by Steve Brian
All in all these are keepers, and I would recommend the APMs for individual’s looking for a quality, portable binocular telescope at just over the $1000 pr. . .

ARP ATLAS OF PECULIAR GALAXIES, A Chronicle and Observer’s Guide
[User Review]  | 06/22/13 | by Bill Pickard
Both Arp’s original and new editions are important in the evolution of astronomy.  The information is well presented: the Chronicle alone is an important p. . .

Assembly of the new Astrocrumb Filter Slide for Dobs with a Feathertouch focuser
[User Review]  | 07/01/10 | by Paulo Mesquita
This filter slide with all its extras is a total haven for the nebula observer and is really very easy to assemble.. . .

ASTELCO NTM-500 Mount - Part one, an introduction
[User Review]  | 11/24/11 | by Tim Bouman
So finally we are nearly where we wanted to be: The mount works like a charm, our one shot color ccd camera does not need darks anymore - focusing is elect. . .

Astrogizmos AstroGazer Observatory
[User Review]  | 08/26/12 | by Glen Ward
The Astrogazer is a wonderful observatory.  When I used the observatory, I never felt that I was in a "big tent."  The white interior makes for a beautiful. . .

Astronomy Technologies 8” F/4 Astrograph
[User Review]  | 03/24/13 | by Paul Temple
This is a great bang for the buck! It is one of the finest instruments I have used and is actually cheaper than my Celestron 6” refractor OTA. For imaging. . .

Astronomy Technology 8” F/4 Astrograph
[User Review]  | 09/17/11 | by Paul Temple
This is a great bang for the buck! For imaging this is a great set up and I am surprised that others have not figured this out and started buying them like. . .

Astrozap 15-inch long Aluminum Dew Shield for the Explore Scientific AR152 Refractor
[User Review]  | 09/19/11 | by Jeff Harman
To sum it all up, the Astrozap 15-inch long dew shield is an excellent replacement for the supplied dew shield that comes with the AR152. It is a good bit . . .

Atik 383+L: An Early Review
[User Review]  | 06/23/12 | by Mike Millan
I am quite pleased with my purchase and feel that Atik offers a great product at a very competitive price. Anyone looking to pick up an imaging system woul. . .

ATN Aries MK 390 Paladin Night Vision Rifle Scope Review
[User Review]  | 01/12/12 | by Ed Moreno
In summary, understanding that this is a rifle scope and accepting that because of this it might be bigger and heavier than the average person might desire. . .

Baader Hyperion eyepieces: potential problem with 1-1/4" diagonals/focusers
[User Review]  | 06/19/10 | by Bill Wiegert
The tapered recess on the 1.25" barrel of a number of Baader Hyperion eyepieces is too big. This may interfere with your focuser's or diagonal's compressio. . .

Binocular review: Fujiyama 7x50 ZCF and Konus Army 10x50
[User Review]  | 06/23/10 | by Vincenzo Maielli
The FMC treatment of the Konus Army 10x50 I bought was completely ruined after first time cleaning with a standard equipment microfiber cleaning cloth. Fro. . .

Book review: Cosmic Challenge
[User Review]  | 09/15/11 | by Thomas Watson
In the end Cosmic Challenge easily met (and exceeded) the expectations pre-publication excitement might have raised. As a result, my recommendation regardi. . .

Book review: The Making of History's Greatest Star Map
[User Review]  | 04/21/11 | by Roger W. Sinnott
Perryman's narrative could have been dry and mathematical, but it's not. It is all about human struggles, agency politics, rivalries, staggering odds, and. . .

Burgess Optical Achro 1278 127mm 5” Refractor Telescope
[User Review]  | 09/18/11 | by George Stonebreaker
Bottom line pros and cons, it is near perfect, for a person that cannot afford or justify spending thousands of dollars on a 5” APO, by one of the big name. . .

Bushnell 10x42 Legend Ultra HD (Realtree Camo)
[User Review]  | 09/18/11 | by Scott Beith
For someone looking for a good general purpose pair of binoculars with outstanding optics and build quality, the Bushnell 10X42 Legend Ultra HD is an excel. . .

Bushnell ARES 6 inch Dobsonian mini review
[User Review]  | 09/15/11 | by Dick Buchroeder
The complete telescope is heavy! Plastic is used sparingly. The fit and finish of everything is impressive, considering the low price.. . .

Canadian-telescopes new CT3000 imager
[User Review]  | 09/16/11 | by Mike Arsenault
This camera can produce great pictures of the Sun and the moon. The planets were more difficult, I found the camera does not like faint objects and tends t. . .

Canon EOS 60Da: the return to astrophotography
[User Review]  | 08/25/12 | by Lorenzo Comolli and Cristiano Tuffanelli
Defining the 60Da "The camera for astrophotography" is, in our opinion, a little too much, because even nowadays a modified camera will give better results. . .

Carson 7x18 Close Focus Monocular
[User Review]  | 08/07/10 | by Blaine Hebert
If you need a close focusing monocular for occasional use or for experimentation this one might well serve your purpose adequately. For the price it is a b. . .

CCDSoft versus MaximDL Imaging
[User Review]  | 01/18/11 | by Robert Brewington
CCDSoft seems to do a superior job reading the camera. This may not be surprising, since SBig and Software Bisque have an partnership arrangement where CCD. . .

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope Review
[User Review]  | 11/28/10 | by Ed De Mateo
This scope is a good option for someone who wants an inexpensive scope that can be stored on a closet shelf in a tiny apartment or efficiency, or kept in a. . .

Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ review
[User Review]  | 07/15/10 | by Jim Aamot
Overall the Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ is an excellent value, extraordinary in that it's small and light enough for portability but doesn't lack the opt. . .

Celestron NexStar 102SLT test review
[User Review]  | 09/25/10 | by Ian Roberts
I wanted a light, GOTO refractor scope of at least 4 inches aperture for casual use and possible activities at “star parties” where it could be set up easi. . .

Celestron Nexstar SLT 102mm Refractor
[User Review]  | 09/15/11 | by George Stonebreaker
The Nexstar SLT 102, is a real keeper, don’t hesitate to buy one even if you can’t get a deal on yours like I did on mine.. . .

Celestron Powerseeker 114 OTA Review
[User Review]  | 06/16/13 | by Terry Nakazono
The Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ almost resembles a department store telescope in appearance and price, but the OTA is probably a good example of a classic . . .

Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm binoculars review
[User Review]  | 10/10/10 | by Johann Mahne
Excellent value for money. The vision at the extreme ends of view (if you ever look at something on the edge of the field of view) does lose some clarity. . . .

CGE Pro Review
[User Review]  | 01/17/11 | by Jim Welisek
Although the CGE Pro has some shortcomings with its design it is a good performer.. . .

Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope – Book Review
[User Review]  | 05/12/12 | by Fred De Lucia
It’s both an informational review of many of the latest refractor telescopes as well as a casual walk through many readers’ chosen avocation. . . .

Comparative Review of Observation Planning Software: AstroPlanner and SkyTools 3
[User Review]  | 09/08/13 | by Tom Fowler
SkyTools 3 is a more expensive but more user-friendly program, which can be learned fairly quickly. AstroPlanner has more capabilities and flexibility wit. . .

Comparative review: Fujinon FMTRC 7x50 and Vixen Ultima 8x56
[User Review]  | 06/25/10 | by Vincenzo Maielli
I certainly am fully happy with both Fujinon and Vixen binoculars. The first, that fully complies with U.S. Navy military specs, is the perfect companion f. . .

Coronado 12X60 BinoMite II Solar Binoculars
[User Review]  | 05/09/12 | by Scott Beith
 I thank Mr. Roberts for his generosity and I apologize for the delayed reporting on the Coronado BinoMite II Binoculars.  I hope that this review will be . . .

Coronado PST Review
[User Review]  | 12/08/12 | by Tristan Schwartz
Bottom line: Every amateur astronomer needs one of these!. . .

CT152 F-5.9 Acromatic Refractor from Canadian Telescopes​.com
[User Review]  | 11/13/11 | by Warren Maguire
If you have read this review you have probably guessed I have a very high regard for this telescope. At $938.00 this scope wasn't cheap. But given the fit,. . .

Curt Walker’s EQ mount adapter for Losmandy tripod
[User Review]  | 06/29/10 | by Lou Zyla
Curt Walker has made an excellent pier adapter with which I am well pleased. I would recommend it to anyone.. . .

Dark Skies Apparel Observer Vest
[User Review]  | 09/14/11 | by Jason Hissong
The observing vest will now be an integral part of my observing equipment. There is a Zen-like quality to being underneath the hood. You are in your own da. . .

Denkmeier 2” IVB Star Diagonal with Power X Switch
[User Review]  | 01/11/14 | by Kevin Vaught
Back in October, I reviewed the Denkmeier 2” IVB (Interlocking Visual Back) Star Diagonal. This is a continuation of that review along with the Power X Swi. . .

Denkmeier 2” IVB Star Diagonal: A Review
[User Review]  | 10/19/13 | by Kevin Vaught
All in all, this is a new and fresh product idea that works very well and is easy and simple to install and use. . . .

Detailed test: Siebert 40mm VP Echelon
[User Review]  | 01/19/13 | by Peter Vercauteren
The Siebert VP Echelon is definitely not a binoviewer for beginners, nor is it a good idea to use it on public nights. You must have a certain experience i. . .

Edmund 4.25” Deluxe Space Conqueror
[User Review]  | 11/22/12 | by Tom Duncan
The Edmund 4.25” Deluxe Space Conqueror is a great scope, and not just for its day. If you would like to visit the (quality) roots of amateur astronomy kee. . .

Ethos SX 3.7mm: An Extensive Review
[User Review]  | 01/19/11 | by Chris Mohr
The 3.7E retains the same qualities of excellent sharpness-to-the-edge, contrast, and freedom from aberrations that its longer focal-length siblings do, al. . .

Explore Scientific 25mm 100 degree eyepiece
[User Review]  | 07/13/13 | by Richard Lines
Every time I use this eyepiece I slightly regret not saving up for a replacement Ethos 21mm. . . .

EZ Gazer Binocular Chair Review
[User Review]  | 09/22/12 | by Stephen Bosbach
The material the chair is made from is substandard aluminum and sloppily assembled. This caused the chair to break the first time someone at a star party . . .

EzCBP Equatorial Platform - It Really IS Easy!
[User Review]  | 08/24/13 | by Michael Coren
All in all I have to say the EzCBP lives up to its name. With only a few basic hand tools and very little woodworking experience, I was able to construct . . .

Findings on a home-built refractor with a 150mm f/10 achromat doublet from ISTAR
[User Review]  | 06/24/10 | by Stanislas Maksymowicz
I owned a first 150mm f/10 doublet which caused some troubles. It exhibited some spikes on a diffraction pattern of a star originating from internal stress. . .

First impressions of the Celestron CGEM-DX
[User Review]  | 09/16/11 | by David A. Diaz
Overall, I¡¯m extremely pleased with the CGEM-DX. Is it worth $600 more than the regular mounting, especially given the fact that it is less portable? It i. . .

First Impressions of the Lunt 152mm f/8 ED-APO
[User Review]  | 05/06/14 | by William Paolini
Excellent value with excellent performance, the Lunt-152 ED-APO with its APM designed lens makes the 6” APO experience both affordable and enjoyable.. . .

First Light on a Z8
[User Review]  | 09/13/11 | by Haseeb Modi
Money well spent and the advice from this forum golden. This image of what we saw will be etched in our memories forever. It was unbelievable and breathtak. . .

First Light Review of my new Orion SkyQuest XX14g
[User Review]  | 09/21/11 | by Chris Caka
If you're looking for this size of telescope with goto and auto tracking for an almost unbeatable price for what you get, the answer is an absolute YES!. . .

FRANKENBINO - Exposed!!!
[User Review]  | 09/13/10 | by Sergio Figuera
I am really pleased with the versatility that this system provides. In addition to allowing me to reach focus in every scope that I have tested the system . . .

Galileoscope - A Year Later
[User Review]  | 09/11/10 | by David Treviño
I expect many of you know by now what is the Galileoscope. It was one of the cornerstone projects of the International Year of Astronomy (2009). I was happ. . .

GCE filters from DGM Optics
[User Review]  | 01/21/13 | by Al Milano
One of the joys of using this GCE filter - Is that I simply leave a pair of them screwed into the threaded EP barrels of my Garrett signature series 10x50'. . .

Getting reacquainted with my Meade ETX 125 EC
[User Review]  | 05/12/12 | by George Stonebreaker
If you only had enough money or time for one small telescope, it would be my choice of a do all system that is portable, compact, reliable, and puts up gre. . .

Intes Micro Maksutov Newtonian MN 56 review
[User Review]  | 09/05/10 | by Sergio Rinella
This is a quick back-of-the-envelope review of the Intes Micro Maksutov Newtonian MN 56 telescope I purchased new from Teton Telescopes and received early . . .

iOptron iEQ45GTNTM Review
[User Review]  | 04/26/11 | by Donald Lulejian
The MiniTower was exactly what I was looking for in an under 45 sec. video imaging platform. While using the MiniTower I began to notice bugs in the firmw. . .

iOptron SkyGuider Review
[User Review]  | 02/09/14 | by John Crisp
Pro’s
Lightweight
Travel bags for the tripod and mount
Easy setup and LED polar scope light
Quality of constr. . .

iOptron Smartstar Cube 80mm Refractor Review
[User Review]  | 11/22/12 | by Max Byerly
For the money, there is no other scope on the market with this much versatility and capability. You can mount anything under 10 pounds on it, it tracks bet. . .

ISTAR 2-inch Dielectric Diagonal
[User Review]  | 06/29/10 | by Douglas Bullis
The ISTAR’s outstanding quality was its construction and price/performance ratio. Its thicker mirror, drawtube baffle, low-scatter interior, and quality of. . .

Istar 204mm f11.7 Achro First Light
[User Review]  | 09/14/11 | by Leslie Hess
Overall I think I made the perfect choice for my purposes and would purchase this lens again. This 204mm objective most closely compares to a 14 inch compo. . .

Kson 2” O-III Filter Review
[User Review]  | 11/25/11 | by Bobby Irvin
The thread mismatch problem is the big drawback with this filter. It definitely improves the views of emission nebulae both in terms of detail and amount o. . .

Leica 25x-50x Vario ASPH Zoom Planetary Test
[User Review]  | 07/14/12 | by William Paolini
While it runs contrary to the conventional wisdom of trying to minimize the glass for the most critical planetary observations, this Leica Vario ASPH zoom . . .

Levenhuk Ra Carbon Fiber 8" RC
[User Review]  | 10/12/13 | by Richard Flinn
I would recommend this telescope to anyone looking for a long focal length astrograph.. . .

LiteScope Mountain 12 and Notes on Travel Telescopes
[User Review]  | 06/19/10 | by Doug Dolginow
The LiteScope Mountain 12 is a fantastic telescope for remote, dark sky observing, airline travel, limited space in cars, or for those of you that periodic. . .

Mallincam Variable Shutter System
[User Review]  | 06/30/10 | by Jim Welisek
The short answer on the new Mallincam VSS (Variable Shutter System) is that it is a reasonably priced, top shelf product with top notch support. Actually . . .

Mallincam Xtreme Review
[User Review]  | 01/25/11 | by Jim Welisek
The Mallincam Xtreme blurs the boundary between video and CCD imaging. The VSS was no slouch and I would probably still be happily using it if the Xtreme h. . .

Meade 7” LX-200GPS-SMT Review
[User Review]  | 09/06/12 | by Max Byerly
The 7" LX200GPS was discontinued around 2006 when Meade was releasing their LX200R models. The death of the 7" Mak ended there. I was fortunate to get one . . .

Meade AR-6 review
[User Review]  | 01/17/11 | by Stan Herman
The AR-6 is a great value, provided one is prepared to upgrade it and the mount that will carry it. For a significantly lower cost than a six-inch APO, one. . .

Meade ETX-LS – Part 3 – Computerized mount and my final thoughts
[User Review]  | 06/23/10 | by John Kramer
If someone was to ask me to describe, in one word, my experience thus far with the ETX-LS, the word would be fun, even considering the intermittent GPS iss. . .

Meade Lightbridge 12inch Truss Tube Dobsonian - long term review
[User Review]  | 11/24/11 | by James Standen
This scope has shown me more than I dared hope possible. Nothing has dropped off, broken off, loosened off, corroded, worn out, or snapped.. . .

Megrez 90 FD - Fluorite doublet review
[User Review]  | 02/02/13 | by Gianluca Rossi
The Megrez 90 FD is a very good grab&go telescope for doing any kind of astronomy, from visual observations of the planets to wide-field DSO photographing . . .

Moravian Instruments G4 16000
[User Review]  | 07/27/13 | by Michael Miller
I am very pleased with results from this camera and have been able to produce some outstanding images. The camera does not have some of the newer features . . .

My Journey from a C8 to a C9.25
[User Review]  | 06/21/10 | by Karl Winkler
I ran across many comments relating to the fact that the CG-5 is not enough mount for the C9.25, especially for astrophotography. This may indeed be true, . . .

Mystery In The Sky – DVD Review
[User Review]  | 01/20/11 | by Fred De Lucia
With a sprinkling of clever quotes from Albert Einstein, creative use of computer animation accompanied by easy to understand narration, the novice is not . . .

New Baader Herschel Wedge Solar Prism
[User Review]  | 12/27/10 | by Ted Wolfe
Superb workmanship, premium materials, and a safe design all come together very nicely.. . .

Nexstar 6SE mount review
[User Review]  | 02/14/11 | by Malcolm Bird
In the end, for me, it was the portability and flexibility of the SE mount that was important. My LX200 was sturdier and arguably more accurate – but the p. . .

Oberwerk 12x60 LW Binocular Review
[User Review]  | 12/21/13 | by Jim Van Dyke
Do I recommend the Oberwerk 12x60 for astronomy at $110? Yes. They perform amazingly well, are fun to use, and $110 is a great price. But be realistic. . .

Optic Craft Machining Clock Drive Review
[User Review]  | 01/21/13 | by John Hayes

I cannot recommend this product to anyone.  I would also urge serious caution to anyone considering doing business with Optic-Craft.  My attempts to res. . .


Orion 120ST EQ review
[User Review]  | 09/20/11 | by Ed Wawrzaszek
There is not a perfect word that does the view justice but for now, wow will do. Dampening is maybe one second if at all. So far I cannot find any chromati. . .

Orion 27mm Edge-On Flat Field Eyepiece Review
[User Review]  | 06/21/10 | by Raymond A.
All in all the Orion 27mm Edge-On Flat Field eyepiece is a pleasure to own and use, and is a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Superb optics at . . .

Orion 8” f/4 Astrograph
[User Review]  | 10/05/10 | by Len Jugus
I was pleasantly surprised. I found an imaging scope which was easy to use in conjunction with my DSLR.. . .

Orion Sirius Review
[User Review]  | 02/09/14 | by John MacDonough
So, with all this, does the Sirius do what I’d hoped? Yes, it does. . . .

Orion SkyQuest XT10g GoTo Dobsonian First Impressions
[User Review]  | 07/25/10 | by Dave Decker
The Orion XT10g GoTo Dobsonian does deliver all the key features that I hoped for. This is a 10" dobsonian that tracks extremely well and includes an effec. . .

Orion SkyQuest XT10g GoTo Dobsonian Telescope
[User Review]  | 01/20/11 | by Jim Phelps
Over all I am very pleased. I had been considering an 8" Nexstar as I had owned one some years ago. I missed the ease of set up, tracking and goto. But wit. . .

Orion SkyScanner Table Top Dob
[User Review]  | 07/13/13 | by David Elosser
This is not a miracle scope: I have a number of 3” achromat refractors that out-perform the SkyScanner in every respect except color correction. The cheapl. . .

Orion SkyView Pro Update: GoTo Kit
[User Review]  | 02/17/14 | by John MacDonough
I wrote my original review of the SkyView Pro in 2008 when it had manual slow motion controls and the IntelliScope DSC system. I now have the SVP upgrade . . .

Orion Starseek Wifi Module Serial/USB
[User Review]  | 06/14/14 | by David Aucoin
All in all, I was quite pleased with the Starseek WiFi module. I would recommend this item to anyone who wants complete wireless control of their telescop. . .

Orion XT6i Review
[User Review]  | 02/17/14 | by John MacDonough
I really like our Orion XT-6i Dobsonian telescope. In its stock form, it was a good introduction to observing for my son. I couldn’t help but tinker wit. . .

Orion XX-14i and the Atomic Equatorial Platform Review
[User Review]  | 07/27/13 | by Stan Herman
This is a follow-up on my November 2011 report on my Orion XX-14i truss tube Dobsonian reflector. My initial report was favorable, and I continue to be ve. . .

Orion XX12G Review
[User Review]  | 05/10/12 | by Jason Brown
While there are some small things that I think could be improved, the scope has exceeded my expectations overall and I am very happy with the purchase. I w. . .

Orion XX14i Truss Dobsonian Telescope
[User Review]  | 11/03/10 | by Stan Herman
I have no hesitation recommending this scope for its quality and value. It will keep me quite busy for many years to come.. . .

Orion's Stratus Eyepieces - Impressions of Performance in an f/4.9 Newtonian (203mm Aperture)
[User Review]  | 06/17/10 | by Thomas Watson
If you have a moderately fast Newtonian reflector and feel in need of something in the way of an eyepiece upgrade, but don’t want to wear out the credit ca. . .

Owend Kronos 20x60 Binocular
[User Review]  | 05/26/11 | by Abbas Jaffri
I was always seeking a good quality optics but didn’t found because less availability in this region. I used many binoculars but Kronos 20x60 are rated as . . .

Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II
[User Review]  | 07/10/10 | by Boris Stromar
The Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II are certanly not the best binoculars around but they deliver excellent quality for the price and I think will satisfy most ama. . .

Product Review - Bresser Messier AR-127S/635
[User Review]  | 07/08/14 | by Van Webster
For the price, this telescope is a good value but don’t expect the performance of a top imported scope, at thousands of dollars more out of pocket.  Set . . .

Product Review: Crawford Machine 1.25” Crayford Focuser
[User Review]  | 04/22/11 | by Eric Zeiner
My final conclusion is that whether you are looking for a focuser for a mass produced scope, an upgrade for what you already have or for that coveted ATM o. . .

Product Review: Crawford Machine 60mm Refractor Tube Mounting Rings
[User Review]  | 05/04/11 | by Eric Zeiner
Good, no great astronomical parts and accessories at un-astronomical prices and the service as always is top notch.. . .

Product Review: Meade DS-2114 Newtonian Reflector with GOTO
[User Review]  | 06/20/10 | by Rich Dietz
I highly recommend this scope for beginners and for introducing children to astronomy. That is not to say that this is a “Kids” scope, but to say that it i. . .

Product Review: Orion StarShoot USB Eyepiece
[User Review]  | 09/20/11 | by Ray Sanders
The Orion StarShoot USB Eyepiece is a good little camera which will save you the time and trouble of having to modify a webcam for planetary imaging. It’s . . .

QHY-22 mini review
[User Review]  | 02/23/13 | by Ioannis Ioannou
I have a very good feeling about QHY22 so far. The camera seems to work very well into the specifications with no bad surprises. . . .

Reveiw of Two TAL Finderscopes
[User Review]  | 03/01/14 | by William Paolini
Overall, both TAL finders are solidly executed with robust build quality and very good performing optics, better than the competitors they were tested agai. . .

Review & Comparison of Takahashi FS-128 & TEC 140
[User Review]  | 07/11/10 | by William Rison
Side-by-side comparison of the Takahashi FS-128 & TEC 140 apochromats, including observing solar system and deep sky targets.. . .

Review of USB_Focus v3 (UFO)
[User Review]  | 01/19/14 | by Ralph Laplanche
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase of TWO USB_Focus v3 complete kits. In fact, I am so satisfied, that once I find a used FeatherTouch focuser for m. . .

Review of AT Paradigm 8mm and Pentax XF 8.5 mm
[User Review]  | 09/22/12 | by George Golitzin
The 8.5mm XF is a great spotting scope eyepiece. It is comfortable to look through and enjoys good edge correction down to f/5, although it is not complet. . .

Review of Avalon T-Pod T-130 tripod
[User Review]  | 02/23/14 | by Peter Appow
If you love Italian beauty and style, appreciate great engineering and need rock solid stability, this is the mount for you.. . .

Review of CDS-600D - CentralDS Cooled Canon EOS 600D
[Article | 07/03/12 | by Ralph Laplanche
This review was written for those who are considering getting into this hobby and trying to decide between a DSLR or CCD camera for imaging, and for those . . .

Review of Explore Scientific ED127 APO Refractor
[User Review]  | 11/22/12 | by Tom Fowler
Overall I have found the ED127 to be a great telescope, very flexible, with extremely good optics, but small and light enough for travel and for quick setu. . .

Review of Meade 14mm & 4.7mm UWA Series 5000
[User Review]  | 10/06/10 | by Fred Rayworth
In my opinion, these eyepieces deliver bang for the buck. They are both permanent members of my arsenal and I see no need to spend another dime on anything. . .

Review of Nova Hitch Mount
[User Review]  | 04/27/13 | by Kelsey Golden
As far as alt-az mounts go, I believe the Nova is simply the best you can buy - and certainly one of the only ones capable of handling a huge refractor lik. . .

Review of Orion Telescope’s StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera
[User Review]  | 09/22/12 | by Barry Etter

Can a camera with such a small sensor compete in a market where the average amateur camera has a sensor more than twice its size? With all of the choice. . .


Review of Revelation 15 x 70 binocular
[User Review]  | 08/06/10 | by Michael Chin
This binocular is especially good to look at open clusters. M6 and M7 were brilliant with this instrument. However, the most amazing thing about this binoc. . .

Review of RigelSys Electric Focuser
[User Review]  | 03/24/13 | by Charles Hall
I find an electric focuser to be indispensable. The RigelSys offerings are an excellent solution. The more sophisticated stepper motor version offers even . . .

Review of SkySafari v3.1.1 for the Apple iPad
[User Review]  | 04/21/12 | by Tim Nunes
I'm writing tonight to share my recent positive experiences with a piece of astronomical software for the iPad and iPhone, an application called 'SkySafari. . .

Review of the Astro-Tech LER eyepieces
[User Review]  | 11/24/11 | by Duncan McCloud
These Astro-Tech LER FMC eyepieces cost so little but outperform Plossls by every conceivable criterion: contrast, coatings, apparent field of view, flatne. . .

Review of the Bino-Brac IV on three binoculars
[User Review]  | 12/27/10 | by Harry Jacobson
The Bino-Brac IV is the latest of a series of Bino-Brac finder mounts for binoculars from Astronomy-Shoppe.. . .

Review of the DMK51AU02.AS
[User Review]  | 05/09/12 | by Marnix Praet
In my opinion, if you are a Moon lover like I am, buy this camera.   It is another great product from Imaging Source.. . .

Review of the Meade HD-60 Series
[User Review]  | 05/09/12 | by Jamie Proffitt
Overall, I like these eyepieces a lot and think that for around $80 a piece the build and performance of the Meade HD-60 series warrant serious considerati. . .

Review of the Meade LS 8 ACF
[User Review]  | 10/06/10 | by John Kramer
Overall, after a couple of “whew” moments and a bit of irritation regarding vibration when focusing, my impression of the LS 8 is quite good.. . .

Review of the Meade NG60-SM Altazimuth refractor
[User Review]  | 08/24/13 | by Terry Nakazono
I was pleased with how the Meade NG60-SM delivered on all celestial objects - the moon, planets, double stars, star clusters, and nebulae.  I was especiall. . .

Review of the Ottewell Astronomical Calendar
[User Review]  | 07/12/11 | by Willie K. Yee
The “Astronomical Calendar 2011” is an outstanding reference and handbook. Its 80 densely packed pages of astronomical information could serve as a scope s. . .

Review of the Seahorse SE720 Eyepiece Case from “My Case Builder”
[User Review]  | 08/25/12 | by Brent Campbell
As for the old eyepiece case, for now I will use it for accessories. Eventually I plan to purchase a second identical custom cut foam case for my accessor. . .

Review of the Sterling series of eyepieces
[User Review]  | 10/12/10 | by Michael Downs
In summary I believe the Sterling’s strength lies in its contrast levels, razor sharp field stops and overall build quality. When compared to the countl. . .

Review of the T-Rex alt-az mount
[User Review]  | 11/25/11 | by Chris Thomasel
It is my opinion that the T-Rex is the best altitude-azimuth mount on the market today, largely because of its slow motion capabilities and the choice of l. . .

Review of the TEC eyepiece turret
[User Review]  | 09/20/11 | by Tom Bryant
Overall, the likes far outweigh the dislikes, and of the many gadgets I've acquired over the years, none surpasses the eyepiece turret.. . .

Review of the Vixen SXD2 Equatorial Mount with Starbook Ten
[User Review]  | 06/08/13 | by Chris Thomasel
I have to confess that the night I spent at the field with the new Vixen mount was one of the most memorable and fun experiences I can recall in astronomy.. . .

Review on Meade ETX-80 Telescope
[User Review]  | 05/09/12 | by Gary Zapotoczny
You might be wondering if I were to do this all over again, would I still pick the ETX-80 telescope?  Well, the answer might surprise you, but yes I would.. . .

Review: 10Micron GM2000HPS
[User Review]  | 05/06/14 | by Per Frejvall
This is a high end mount that delivers extraordinary performance and unguided imaging. It does not come cheap, but when comparing to other offerings it is . . .

Review: 16-inch f/4.5 Teeter Telescope
[User Review]  | 07/07/10 | by Frank Marino
I am extremely happy with my new 16-inch f/4.5 Teeter Telescope. I recommend Teeter Telescopes LLC. to anyone looking for a quality open-truss dobsonian t. . .

Review: Eyepieces by Olivon Manufacture Group
[User Review]  | 02/02/13 | by John Kramer
Olivon may not yet be a name synonymous with astronomical accessories, but they have a very strong offering into the eyepiece world with the aforementioned. . .

Review: iOptron 6002 900X70 Refractor Telescope
[User Review]  | 01/06/13 | by James Burke
At well under 100 bucks for a 70mm f/13, these are a bargain. Just be prepared to make a few changes.. . .

Review: The Complete Guide To The Herschel Objects
[User Review]  | 01/06/13 | by Fred Rayworth
If you’re a deep-sky observing enthusiast, out to conquer the Herschel 2,400, this is the best book out there. Not only will it define these objects, it wi. . .

Review: The TeleGizmos 365 Telescope Cover
[User Review]  | 08/08/12 | by Jason Brown
On the website, TeleGizmos makes a lot of claims about the 365 scope covers and has a pretty beefy warranty on them, which I really was quite skeptical of . . .

Ricerca 4: A complete application for automatic and remote observations
[User Review]  | 07/12/11 | by Mario Dho
Ricerca 4 , in my opinion, is a remote control software of professional quality, that is offered at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend the downloa. . .

Rigel Stepper Motor and usb_nSTEP stepper motor Controller for the TeleVue, Installed on an NP-127 NoN IS
[User Review]  | 05/26/11 | by Art Morton
The installation is simple and looks great. The focus is accurate with FocusMax VCurves. The power consumption works well with battery budget on remote set. . .

Rigel Systems nFocus Review
[User Review]  | 03/29/14 | by Joe Sullivan
If you are looking for a step up from the 50-dollar focusers this is the smart choice.. . .

Rigel Systems nSTEP Hand Controller with Buttons
[User Review]  | 08/11/12 | by Tom Walker
A few months back, while looking for information on using my RigelSys nSTEP focuser with automated focusing, I noticed a new item on the RigelSys web site . . .

Rob Miller TRI36L tripod
[User Review]  | 09/22/11 | by Rick Keppler
In summary, this is an excellent tripod, lightweight and very capable. In my opinion, while you can use the tripod without the accessory leveling feet, in . . .

ScopeBuggy
[User Review]  | 08/11/12 | by Erika Rix
All in all, I’m very pleased with my ScopeBuggy and would certainly recommend it to others. It’s a great product with terrific customer service. Larry was . . .

Sky Watcher 90AR-AZ3 90mm f/10.11 Achromatic Refractor
[User Review]  | 06/27/10 | by Eric Zeiner
Aside from the original problems with the mount and a substandard diagonal and Barlow, this scope performed way beyond what I had expected. Would I buy ano. . .

Sky-Watcher 12 inch Reflector
[User Review]  | 09/16/11 | by Padraig Houlahan
Being able to resolve 0.5” is quite decent, and with further testing the telescope might do a little better under the right conditions, but I have little t. . .

Skywatcher 2" eyepieces
[User Review]  | 09/13/11 | by Noel P. Muller
If anyone is looking for a good buy in the medium price bracket, I personally could not recommend the SKYWATCHER highly enough.. . .

Southern Stars SkyWire: Controlling Your Telescope With An Apple Device
[User Review]  | 05/26/11 | by Eric Planalp
If you’re like me and have never experienced computer control of your telescope, your telescope is compatible with this system and you have an Apple device. . .

Stars above, Earth below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks
[User Review]  | 10/12/10 | by Thomas Watson
The book is clearly written with the idea of appealing to the educated non-astronomer, readers traveling to a place where they might find themselves camped. . .

Steiner 8.5x26 Wildlife Pro
[User Review]  | 02/21/11 | by Scott Beith
For someone looking for an upgrade in optical and build quality over run of the mill compact binoculars, the Steiner 8.5X26 Wildlife Pro is a great option.. . .

Stellarvue 10x60mm Finderscope /w Straight Through Focuser
[User Review]  | 09/16/11 | by Michael Miller
I finally think I’ve found the perfect solution for accurate guiding at a light weight.. . .

Stellarvue SV50 finder scope - spotter version
[User Review]  | 07/27/10 | by Malcolm Bird
Overall, the SV50 is a remarkably robust, attractive and good performing finder/scope compared to the plethora of offshore finders flooding the market. It . . .

T-Rex Heavy Duty Alt / Az Mount
[User Review]  | 02/14/11 | by Peter J. Hexter
All things considered though, this mount is “sensibly perfect” if you are looking for a heavy duty Alt/Az mount that can handle all but the largest commerc. . .

Takahashi FQR-1 finder quick release review
[User Review]  | 06/25/10 | by Andrew Kim
I find the FQR-1 easier to use than the BT Tech, since the clamping plate can be loosened considerably, the dovetail slides in easily, and tightening the t. . .

Takahashi Mewlon 210 Review.
[User Review]  | 07/07/12 | by Tim Snowdon
Two years ago I regarded myself as a refractor nut. Selling my TMB apo was bordering on the traumatic, I am still surprised I did it. But I am now DELIGHTE. . .

Taming a Tiger - My Experiences with a Tal 125R achromat.
[User Review]  | 05/12/12 | by Neil English
I hope this article will give you a flavour of what can be achieved with a good, medium focus 5” achromat.. . .

Teeter #66 - A 14.5" Truss Dobsonian Telescope Review
[User Review]  | 06/15/10 | by Jim Cole
I began searching the internet for truss dob builders and began reading everything I could find. There were only 2 or 3 manufacturers who would allow you t. . .

Teeter/Zambuto 16-inch f/5 Dobsonian Review
[User Review]  | 09/15/11 | by Dave Cotterell
Rob offers a completely custom service - he will build around your existing mirror or get you one from some of the top mirror makers around. Virtually ever. . .

Teleskop-Service TS-OAG9 off-axis guider
[User Review]  | 06/24/10 | by Craig Temple
If you are using a Canon DSLR as your main imaging camera and have a Newtonian or any other scope with limited inward focus travel, then this is the OAG . . .

TeleVue’s Dioptrx Adapter for Type 6 Naglers: a bit more than the name implies!
[User Review]  | 07/27/10 | by George Golitzin
TeleVue’s dioptrx adapter is an inexpensive gadget that works great in its intended application. But it may well prove of interest to you even if you do . . .

The "Wet Feet" of the Astrozap Equatorial Mount
[User Review]  | 05/26/11 | by Dr Fanis
I do not know what other tests could be performed to draw a more accurate picture of how good or bad this mount is. I am an amateur with little experience . . .

The Easy Way to Align Your Telescope's Optics: Indoor Artificial Star Collimation
[Article | 06/15/13 | by Derek Wallentinsen
Keeping your telescope collimated is a task, a chore, money out of pocket or some combination of all three for most scope owners. Many avoid collimation fo. . .

The Istar Phoenix WFT 204 “Comet HUNTER “…
[User Review]  | 02/17/14 | by James Edwards
My conclusion and rating is simple. I give the Istar Phoenix 204 a 5 out of 5 rating in its class (Achromatic) and overall a 5 out of 5 in performance, fit. . .

The Lyra Double Double Mounting System
[User Review]  | 08/31/13 | by Willie K. Yee
In summary, this is a practical and flexible system for mounting finders. It may be particularly useful for those who change finders or scopes with differe. . .

The Orion Intelliscope hand controller
[User Review]  | 08/07/10 | by Klaas van Ditzhuyzen
Orion has made a nice object finding device which works fine without power consuming slewing motors. When they issue a new firmware version with the issu. . .

The Remarkable AT90EDT
[User Review]  | 09/19/10 | by Doug Bailey
I can find nothing about this scope I do not like. Visually or photographically it is more than up to the challenge. Planetary detail, double star splittin. . .

The Siebert 10mm Monocentric ID
[User Review]  | 07/14/12 | by William Paolini
The Siebert Monocentric ID is definitely an eyepiece needing a driven scope to realize its full potential for planetary viewing.. . .

The Skywatcher 8 Collapsible Dob
[User Review]  | 03/24/13 | by Karthik Jayashankar
I am super happy with the purchase. The scope has been out almost every night in the last week except for a couple of days. Saturn was like a textbook imag. . .

The Stellarvue 80mm Apo upgrade
[User Review]  | 07/12/10 | by Alejandro Gastélum
I have this lens for a year and I am happy with it, I do recommend the upgrade if you have any 80mm f/6 doublet.. . .

The Story of a Journey: the Skylight f/15
[User Review]  | 07/08/10 | by Neil English
The Skylight f/15 is a beautifully designed and well executed instrument. Far from being a copy, it’s a well studied re-interpretation of the best the past. . .

The TAL Super & Ultra Wide Angle Eyepieces
[User Review]  | 10/27/13 | by William Paolini
Overall, the TAL UWAs were my favorites of the two product lines. Considering how compact the 2" versions of the UWAs are, they were a joy to use in the f. . .

The TAL Super Plössl
[User Review]  | 10/27/13 | by William Paolini
The TAL Super Plössls provide strong performance, keeping pace with other well respected Plössls and even Orthos for critical planetary observing. Their b. . .

The TMB-92L
[User Review]  | 06/17/10 | by Otto Piechowski
In terms of the detail seen and the quality of the contrast in seeing the detail visible, the 92L abides by the basic rule that nothing is gained by a magn. . .

Thermacell Compact versus Standard
[User Review]  | 07/15/10 | by Dan Kutcha
So what does the compact model really have going for it? Well, the main thing is cost. The standard model is $26 and the holster adds another $11. The comp. . .

ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellant Review
[User Review]  | 06/16/10 | by Ken Charles
With the summer observing season now upon us, I thought that I would review a product that makes a night of observing more enjoyable for those in areas whe. . .

Thoughts on the Earthwin PSF-SE
[User Review]  | 09/25/10 | by Pete Tennant
I am extremely happy with my purchase and I would highly recommend the Earthwin PSF-SE to anyone.. . .

TRIA Image Processing Software from Quarktet
[User Review]  | 06/22/10 | by Joel Schmid
If you have a bunch of shots that would otherwise be throw-aways because your mirror shifted or the temperature changed while taking the shots, Tria can . . .

TS 120mm 900MM FL ED Doublet Apochromatic Refractor
[User Review]  | 08/03/13 | by Steven Sukel
Overall I am very impressed with this scope. I love the build quality and the attention to details. The optic set up and quality is exactly as advertised a. . .

TS 130/910 Apo-Refractor (with 3” linear power focuser)
[User Review]  | 08/11/12 | by Philip Corneille
In summary a quality 130/910 (f 7.0) Apo-refractor air-spaced triplet for high contrast lunar & planetary observing which will probably perform really perf. . .

User Review: Orion Premium 110mm ED Refractor
[User Review]  | 06/27/10 | by Will Day
I’m comfortable recommending the Orion Premium 110 ED to those seeking a scope of this size. The build quality is well above average and the optics on mine. . .

VIXEN 16 X 80 ARK BINOCULARS
[User Review]  | 08/26/12 | by Ralph Hildebrand
I look forward to many nights this summer using these babies and sharing the views with my observing buddies. . . .

Vixen ED100sf on a Vixen PortaMount
[User Review]  | 06/15/10 | by Ging-Li Wang
This scope was a great purchase and I plan on using it for a long time. The ED100sf allows me to escape our terrestrial world and revel in the wonders of o. . .

WO GTF102 Review
[User Review]  | 07/27/13 | by Timm Bottoni
I was very impressed from the moment I opened the case, because the fit and finish is excellent and the scope is really nice looking. The surfaces are co. . .

Zhumell 1.25 inch 8-24 Zoom Eyepiece
[User Review]  | 10/12/13 | by John Crumpley
Overall, the lens is certainly a good value. It's well built, with multi-coated optics that rival many more expensive eyepieces.. . .

Zhumell SCT Dual Speed Focuser versus the GSO SCT dual speed focuser Review
[User Review]  | 09/13/11 | by Tim Overby
I have a Meade 10' Classic SCT. It came with the electronic focuser fitted over the mirror focus knob with 2' diagonal that screwed onto the back of the S. . .

Zhumell Z10 10" Dobsonian Review
[User Review]  | 01/19/11 | by Cathy James
In reality, I'm quite happy with the Z10, and taking the price into account I'm delighted. However, I want prospective owners to understand that while ther. . .

Zhumell Z8 Dobsonian Review
[User Review]  | 09/22/11 | by Josh Frizzell
Overall I’m very pleased with the Zhumell Z8. The solid mount and decent optics make it a good scope especially in this price range. Based on my experience. . .

Zhumell Z8 Dobsonian Telescope
[User Review]  | 07/27/10 | by Kyle Bogosian
This is a very good choice for a beginning astronomer (however, I would also recommend purchase of an additional eyepiece in the 12-18mm range.) Someone wh. . .

“Scope Roller” Review
[User Review]  | 06/20/10 | by Hubert Atkinson
If you want to roll your setup out of your (paved) garage, onto your (paved) driveway, or simply make it easy to deal with while stored, it’s hard to beat . . .

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