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Observer's Handbook 2016

Dec 15 2015 09:39 PM | Tom T in CN Reports

Tom Trusock takes a look at the 2016 edition of the RASC Observer's Handbook.

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Virtual Pinhole

Nov 25 2014 01:26 PM | NJJ in Articles

I have devised a laser collimation test for Cassegranian systems. An on axis laser beam falling onto a 3M type reflective film creates a “virtual pinhole.” The backscattered light is sufficient to form an adjacent image from the primary that may be adjusted until it is brought into coincidence with the “virtual pinhole. This collimates the primary and allows the secondary to be collimated by conventional process, similar to Newtonians.

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Graphite-Epoxy Tube Construction

Nov 25 2014 11:03 AM | NJJ in Articles

A process is described, utilizing readily available resources, for the fabrication of super-lightweight graphite-epoxy thin-wall tube structures. The heart of the process is in the compression molding tooling, which yields smooth exterior surfaces, and in the breakaway mandrel that forms the inside wall.

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How to Connect a Celestron Mount over Bluetooth

Nov 24 2014 04:56 PM | tom_fowler in Articles

OK sportsfans, in this article I’m going to tell you how to get a wireless Bluetooth connection to your Celestron mount working from either a PC using ASCOM drivers or an Android device running SkySafari.

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My telescopes—Part 2

Nov 24 2014 04:37 PM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

This is the 100th article I have written under the name “What’s Up” for Cloudy Nights and I am now going to call a halt.  It has been fun and I thank all the folks who have sent me messages saying that they enjoy my writing. 

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The William Optics FLT 151 Triplet APO Refractor

Nov 24 2014 04:03 PM | Reptilicus in User Reviews

Overall, The William Optics FLT 151 OTA is an impressive telescope with exemplary craftsmanship and excellent optical performance. I would highly recommend this telescope to anyone wanting a fine 6” refractor.

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Nov 24 2014 03:34 PM | Ed D in Articles

I had a set of Synta mirrors in storage which I had taken out of my Orion XT-6. I wanted to build a scope for them and after giving the project some thought I decided to build a strut Dob out of wood. The intended purpose of this scope would be for use at lower magnifications on deep sky objects. With a lot of miscellaneous stuff lying around, as well as access to a lot of scrap materials and discarded items, one of my goals became to build the scope as economically as possible while reclaiming and recycling as much as I could. The project would also be a good learning experience and an opportunity to try out different design ideas. The entire Dob was made with only a few old power tools and hand tools, as well as a small drill press and a Harbor Freight mini-lathe. I used a portable work bench I made to do all the wood cutting and sanding in my back yard. The rest of the work was done in my single car garage.

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Phone/Tablet Apps and the Practical Astronomer

Nov 24 2014 02:43 PM | tom_fowler in User Reviews

How can an astronomer harness the great power of these new devices, without wasting enormous amounts of time figuring out what is really useful?

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Review - Orion Optics UK 12” f4 Solid Tube Dobs...

Nov 24 2014 12:06 PM | nicknacknock in User Reviews

Top quality mirrors, strong ergonomics, a fantastic focuser, super light OTA and very quick and easy transportation and setup are the key benefits of this telescope.

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Product Review: Celestron Advanced AVX Mount w/...

Nov 24 2014 11:41 AM | ktkottas in User Reviews

Would I recommend this system? The answer is yes but make sure to purchase the scope from a reputable dealer who has the ability to check the scope out before shipping. This sometimes costs a bit more but is well worth it (I wish that I had done this).

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