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2014 RASC Observer's Handbook
By Tom Trusock

Join us as Tom Trusock takes a look at the 106th version of the venerable RASC Observer's Handbook.

What’s Up - M 5 in Serpens
[Article | 07/12/14 | by Steve Coe
Charles Messier discovered this cluster in 1763 while following a comet.  His telescope did not have the size to resolve any stars. . . .

July Skies
[Article | 07/09/14 | by Dick Cookman

Highlights: Comet Journal, Martian Landers, Meteor Showers, Planet Plotting, July Moon

Focus Constellations: Cassiopeia, Camelop. . .

Thoughts about the new Meade introductory scopes
[Article | 07/08/14 | by Bill Steen
I started writing this article as a way to collect my thoughts on the new scopes. My plans were to send it to my contact with Meade, just to let him know . . .

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 . . .

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Small Wonders

 A Deep Sky Guide for Amateur
 Astronomers by Tom Trusock.
 Small Wonders: Observing the Hubble Sequence in the Fall Northern Sky
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Binocular Universe

 Binocular Universe
 by Phil Harrington.
 Binocular Universe: Barlow Bob’s Star
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Fishing for Photons

 CCD / Imaging
  by Craig Stark.
 Profiling the Long-Exposure Performance of a Canon DSLR
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 Monthly View of the Skies
 by Dick Cookman
 July Skies
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Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

 Your Old Uncle Rod Shares His
 Adventures and Misadventures
 The Cost of a Good Eyepiece Redux
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 Monthly Observing Column.
 What’s Up - M 5 in Serpens
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 Aimless ramblings
 by Mike Bieler
 New Astronomics Office Part II
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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 reasonable expectations and you won’t be disappointed.
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 telescope.
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 companion. There's nothing quite like it!
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 important to note that this has absolute encoders – and they don’t come cheap.
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.
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.
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 against.
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.
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 and finish and the cost!!!
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 with it, though, and I’m happy with the results. The telescope now performs like a giant killer.
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 kit on my SVP mount. I’ve learned a couple of things that some will find obvious and wonder why it wasn’t to me; but some might find helpful.
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.
iOptron SkyGuider Review
[User Review]  | 02/09/14 | by John Crisp
Travel bags for the tripod and mount
Easy setup and LED polar scope light
Quality of construction

Ball head collides with motor box in certain situations
Paid app for the price of the product
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 my 10” Meade LX200GPS, I will purchase a motor and bracket for the FeatherTouch. It’s great to be able to buy only what you need.
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 Switch that I added to the IVB in November.

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