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ISTAR 2-inch Dielectric Diagonal

Jun 29 2010 01:13 PM | atelierbks in Accessories

The ISTAR’s outstanding quality was its construction and price/performance ratio. Its thicker mirror, drawtube baffle, low-scatter interior, and quality of metal finishing testifies that it was custom-designed and custom-produced. How ISTAR does this for $89.00 is beyond me.

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Hubble 5-star Artificial Stars

Apr 02 2010 10:11 AM | admin in Accessories

It resembles a small flashlight (takes 3 AAA batteries) with an off/on pushbutton switch and has a metal mask with 5 precision pinholes (50/100/150/200/250 microns) and a white LED aligned to each pinhole. You can select the

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Anderson PowerPole Conectors

Mar 22 2010 07:27 AM | Midnight Dan in Accessories

What are you using to connect your 12V power to your mount, your dew heaters, your cameras? Automotive cigarette lighter connectors? I thought so!

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Starlight Instruments Motorized Focus Control...

Feb 19 2010 07:42 AM | admin in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

My goal was to achieve a finer degree of focus control for imaging than the 3545 was able to provide manually on my TEC 140. The 3545 is superb for visual use. It is much more difficult to come to a tight focus with high magnification and narrow FOV in planetary CCD imaging because

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Jasper APC Laser

Jan 07 2010 06:24 AM | Ps191 in Accessories

The APC is a 'pen' style laser that is made from some type of metal (my guess is painted brass) and comes with a protective plastic case that has a separate compartment for the batters, for when the laser is not in use

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Celestron Red LED Flashlight

Jan 06 2010 08:11 AM | lemonsensation in Accessories

This flashlight has two important features: a strap and the variable brightness. The strap lets you hang it on your neck without having to

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Dan's 12" Pier Plates

Jan 06 2010 10:25 AM | Lord Beowulf in Observing Domes, Tents, and Panels

Ok, for anyone thinking of pouring the concrete pier, the whole point is to have stability; gobs and gobs of stability (and of course to get rid of the tripod legs my wife always

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Orion/Synta Type Finder Mounting Shoe with 0.78...

Jan 06 2010 11:03 AM | R. Christian in Accessories

I knew that Hardin was no longer making this particular scope but remembered that is was close as an Orion knockoff. I then found

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Hirsch SCT Focal Reducer

Jan 06 2010 11:09 AM | jcely7 in Accessories

I cannot tell the difference between the Hirsch SCT f/6.3 focal reducer and the more expensive Meade and Celestron versions. I bought the Hirsh used on CN for

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Telrad Finder

Jan 06 2010 11:14 AM | jcely7 in Accessories

The aspect of zero magnification can serve multiple purposes. The first is that it can quickly get you in the general area of your

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TeleGizmo Telescope Cover

Jan 06 2010 11:36 AM | jcely7 in Accessories

I originally bought this scope cover when i was hauling a 10” newtionian on a 1970's star-liner mount down the stairs from my room and out into my back yard each night when i came home for the weekends.

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Celestron Power Tank

Jan 06 2010 11:43 AM | jcely7 in Accessories

The power tank is a must have accessory for any power-hunger set up. It has two cigarette-lighter 12v outputs, a 3v output, 6v output, and 9v output, a low power flashlight with a removable red cap, and an

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Atlas/Skywatcher EQ-6 Replacement Saddle

Jan 06 2010 11:50 AM | jcely7 in Accessories

The Atlas/Skywatcher EQ-6 is well known as a heavy duty mount on a budget. However, it comes standard with a saddle that only accepts the vixen style dovetail. It you wanted to mount the 3" wide losmandy type dovetail, you were forced to buy

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AWR Synchronous Motor RA Drive Corrector

Jan 05 2010 07:36 AM | Rick K in Accessories

As an old-timer, I still use telescopes with 120 VAC synchronous RA motor drives. As a recently born-again digital astrophotographer, I still need to have a way to control the RA drive

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Celestron Anti-Vibration Pads

Dec 28 2009 06:56 AM | Midnight Dan in Accessories

I was a bit skeptical about plunking down $60 for what appeared to be 3 hockey pucks, but my scope is a Celestron 8SE which does get a little shaky at high magnifications so I thought I'd

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Rigel QuickFinder

Dec 28 2009 07:22 AM | leocardenas in Accessories

First impressions were not good. I thought that something made of plastic like that could not be good at all. I also turned it on and could not even

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Optical Tools to Get “Up Close and Personal” wi...

Dec 28 2009 08:02 AM | Jay_Bird in Accessories

I want to share some experiences with optical tools that bridge the gap between distance viewing and microscopy. These offer a lot of natural history appreciation on clear or cloudy days, and cloudy nights

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Astro Chair

Dec 28 2009 08:42 AM | pogobbler in Accessories

In my search for good, adjustable seating, I came across many options, from diy projects to folding metal chairs, to

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Cover Your Astro Portable Observatory

Dec 28 2009 09:20 AM | walrus in Observing Domes, Tents, and Panels

This observatory is easily assembled and broken down, it provides a nice wind break and blocks stray light, it protects you for dew and with the optionally made top cover can help to seal off

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GSO Crayford Focuser for Reflectors - Dual Spee...

Dec 28 2009 10:06 AM | stargazertony in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

The focuser arrived to me well packed and I was pleased to see it really has a nice feel and finish, better than I had expected. The focuser and

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Smart Astronomy Smart Seat II

Dec 28 2009 11:09 AM | stargazertony in Accessories

It is really very sturdy, and is extremely lightweight and comfortable. I have seen other observing chairs but they

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Telrad Finder

Dec 28 2009 11:21 AM | admin in Accessories

I'll start by saying I'm new to astronomy. I attended a local astronomy club meeting last month and one of the members was nice enough to

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Zhumell SEE IT ALL Telescope Filter Set

Dec 28 2009 12:00 PM | Lord Beowulf in Astronomical Filters

The Zhumell SEE IT ALL Telescope Filter Set consists of four filters, a Sky-Glow filter, a UHC (Ultra High Contrast) filter, an O-III filter, and a

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Stellarvue 1.25" 90 Degree Dielectric Mirror St...

Dec 29 2009 06:39 AM | stargazertony in Star Diagonals

I purchased the Stellarvue 1.25" Dielectric Diagonal to replace the stock prism diagonal that came with my 102mm Orion Apex Maksutov and for use in my

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Orion 1.25" Variable Polarizing Telescope Filter

Dec 29 2009 06:41 AM | admin in Astronomical Filters

The Orion Variable Polarizing Filter makes viewing the moon a more pleasurable experience. Unlike a neutral density filter that

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