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Three Deep Sky Video Cameras for Under $100

Nov 26 2014 03:43 PM | CA Curtis 17 in User Reviews

Video astronomy has been around for more than 20 years. And most will associate it with lunar, solar and planetary imaging/viewing. However, with the advances in video surveillance cameras and astronomy specific adaptations of these cameras in the late 90's and early 2000's, video cameras have been increasingly directed at a wide range of deep sky objects. While it is possible to spend hundreds of dollars to nearly two thousand dollars on some of the latest video astronomy cameras, I have been amazed at the depth and breath of deep sky objects which are accessible with cameras available for less than $100.

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Sky-Watcher Flextube Dobsonian: SkyLiner 400p GoTo

Nov 26 2014 12:52 PM | Magnitospheria in User Reviews

Overall, I love this telescope, it has a few niggles but in terms of the purpose it was built for, and the purpose I wanted it for, it serves excellently. However, its size and its bulkiness are a serious problem, on reflection, if I was to go back and buy again, I would go for the 14" version, the 16" is that little bit too large for it to be practical. Over all though, I am very fond of this scope, and you'd be hard pushed to find something better for the price.

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The Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector

Nov 26 2014 11:18 AM | Leo Aerts in User Reviews

We cannot influence the seeing conditions, but the refraction can certainly be kept under control; this is not well known in he amateur astronomy society.

With this article we wish to change this.

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Review of the LHIRES LIte Spectroscopy by Shely...

Nov 26 2014 11:09 AM | buynoski in User Reviews

The LHIRES Lite is a great hit at daytime public presentations; everyone likes color, and the detail in the spectrum impresses people. It’s a winner. I also use it as part of an in-class show about the Sun that has been very well received by schoolchildren. It can also present spectra of spectral calibration lamps, compact fluorescent bulbs, etc. These are not so visually impressive as the solar spectrum, but still show nice detail and are good for teaching purposes.

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Istar 228 First Report

Nov 26 2014 10:38 AM | VZsohar in User Reviews

I am confident that my Istar 228 mm refractor build is a worthwhile project. I found that this instrument is awesome for observing deep-sky objects and fantastic for viewing the Moon. I enjoyed a lot about the planning and building of this refractor. Moreover, I continued to like it a lot during the first two nights of observations, and I will continue to do so in the future.

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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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The Meade Infinity 102 AZ

Nov 22 2014 12:42 PM | Bill Steen in 100mm - 110mm Refractors

The Meade Infinity 102 AZ Altazimuth Refractor A Review by Bill Steen September, 2014 This review is in response to feedback I requested and received on an article submitted to Cloudy Nights on my thoughts on the two new lines of Meade entry level scopes, the Infinity Altazimuth and Polaris Equatorial series. After a few weeks, I received a cryptic email from Meade telling me that an Infinity 102 AZ Refractor and a Polaris 130 Equatorial Reflector were being sent to me for my review, with no other words.

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William Optics WO-Star71 71mm f/4.9 Apo Imaging...

Oct 13 2014 05:55 AM | Bill Bogardus in User Reviews

William Optics WO-Star71 71mm f/4.9 Apo Imaging Refractor It is very well designed, solidly built and produces sharp images. What more could you want?

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