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What’s Up - M 5 in Serpens

Jul 12 2014 09:50 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

Charles Messier discovered this cluster in 1763 while following a comet.  His telescope did not have the size to resolve any stars. 

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July Skies

Jul 12 2014 07:37 AM | cookman in This Month's Skies

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

Focus Constellations: Cassiopeia, Camelopardalis, Lynx, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Cepheus, Draco, Cygnus, Lyra, Hercules, Corona Borealis, Bootes, Virgo, Ophiuchus, Aquila

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Product Review - Bresser Messier AR-127S/635

Jul 08 2014 10:15 AM | Van Webster in User Reviews

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.

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Thoughts about the new Meade introductory scopes

Jul 08 2014 09:45 AM | Bill Steen in Articles

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 what I was thinking, since I communicate with beginners looking for what scope to purchase.

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Binocular Universe: Barlow Bob’s Star

Jul 08 2014 09:33 AM | PhilH in Binocular Universe

Last month, the community of amateur astronomers lost one of the “good ones” when news came that Robert “Barlow Bob” Godfrey had passed away.

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A 7inch F/3 Schmidt Camera

Jun 14 2014 07:02 AM | davidc135 in Articles

Cloudy Nights members may be interested in a Schmidt camera that I made twenty odd years ago. Although photographic equipment has moved on since then, and Schmidt’s original design will now appeal to few, the novel method of making the corrector plate might still be useful in making a Schmidt Cassegrain telescope or astrograph.

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Orion Starseek Wifi Module Serial/USB

Jun 14 2014 05:01 AM | Stargazer3236 in User Reviews

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.

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What's Up - M 104 in Virgo

Jun 14 2014 02:50 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

This bright galaxy is one of the more unique objects in the sky. The bright core of the galaxy has a prominent ring of dark material around it. This flat disk of material looks like a Mexican hat and therefore gives the galaxy its name—the Sombrero Galaxy.

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The Grossmugl Star Walk Installation

Jun 08 2014 07:28 AM | admin in Articles

Grossmugl is home to the worldwide first permanent star walk installation designed for astronomical observations with the unaided eye.

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A Watch for the Stars!

Jun 08 2014 06:14 AM | admin in User Reviews

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!

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