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Review of the William Optics 102 GT

May 25 2015 11:15 AM | Perseus_m45 in User Reviews

Would I purchase this scope again?  Yes, I would.  Would I recommend it to a friend?  Yes, I would.  As I wrote earlier, the main reason I bought this scope was to step up my grab and go kit.  Often there just isn't time between the clouds to open up the observatory.  This scope will be parked on an alt-az mount, at the ready for the quick viewing slot that happens so much of the time here in western Pennsylvania.

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Review- Printing Astro photos on Metal with Bay...

Apr 16 2015 02:30 PM | StarFood in User Reviews

I've printed on metallic paper, and with other metal printing companies, but have yet to find anything that is as stunning as the metal print presentation at Bay Photo. Most people that walk into my office immediately say, "WOW!". My AP photos are my own, not perfect, not veteran level perfect, just my own with my personal touch to the editing and presentation. I love the color that is out there, and I strive to show it in my photos.

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16” F/4.5 Teeter Stark Review

Apr 15 2015 02:44 PM | Donsell in User Reviews

I could blame my observing partner Jim Kvasnicka for this.  We often observe together and look forward to the Nebraska Star Party each year.  At NSP 2014, Jim announced that he was going to buy a new premium 16 inch telescope.  That got me to start looking at the different options.

So, after Jim’s announcement, I asked the Cloudy Nights forum participants if I’d be happy with upgrading my 12” Lightbridge by getting the mirror refigured and coated, getting a new plywood base and a Moonlite focuser, or should I go with Jim and get a new scope from a premium telescope maker.  Consensus was that I’d be happiest with a premium scope if I could afford it.

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Vixen Ascot Super Wide 10x50 Binocular Review

Apr 15 2015 10:54 AM | JimV in User Reviews

Are the Vixen Ascot 10x50 the final answer to wide field astronomy?

Although the wide field is thrilling, I am disappointed by Vixen's lack of quality control on the Chinese optics.  One pair had a blurry upper half, and the second pair could not focus sharply.  I would be reluctant to buy a pair without looking through them first.

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My Odyssey

Mar 21 2015 11:46 AM | Gil V in User Reviews

I think what Coulter did was remarkable. They made the best they could with what they had, and brought large apertures to the public at an unheard-of price.

All things considered, I am thrilled with my Odyssey.

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Innovations Foresight On-Axis Guide and Starlig...

Mar 17 2015 08:21 AM | GazingSkyward in User Reviews

Would I recommend the ONAG?  Absolutely.  The benefits of near-infrared guiding on-axis are not simply theoretical, you can see them right there in your guide camera images and in the results that you take home at dawn.

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The Celestron C80 ‘ Regal’ Spotting scope. And...

Mar 14 2015 06:28 AM | Waxing Gibbous in User Reviews

In summation, if you’re like me and get the shakes taking your expensive glass into the bush, then you can do much worse than the C80 Regal.

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The Celestron C90 Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope

Mar 02 2015 04:41 PM | skyaddict in User Reviews

For those of you starting out in astronomy, or simply looking for a small portable telescope for quick looks and travel, the C90 deserves further investigation. Indeed, at the price, it is difficult to justify not buying one!

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William Optics Zenithstar 71ED and Twilight I M...

Feb 28 2015 10:42 AM | Ahab in User Reviews

Wow, it’s a match made in heaven! I can observe at the zenith without compromising the controls or OT or going into contortions. As a unit it’s light enough to carry in and out of the house or for reasonable distances. It’s solid, stable and can fit in my car when broken down.

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If you want to Master your craft, read Lessons...

Jan 07 2015 11:10 AM | AstroDad in Books & Software

Lessons from the Masters: Current Concepts in Astronomical Image Processing (Springer, 2013.) edited by Robert Gendler is an essential addition to library of every serious astrophotographer. Gendler, who edited this 387 page work is himself a Master of the art and science of astrophotography with a rich portfolio of astrophoto accolades and achievements, including 107 NASA APOD selections. Gendler is a physician by profession and therefore technically an "amateur" astronomer. However he routinely teams with the world's leading professional observatories to create masterful images from their exquisite data sets.

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