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Wireless Control of Canon EOS DSLRs with DSLR Controller and TP-Link MR3040 Wireless Router

Sep 26 2016 12:29 PM | emag in User Reviews

When doing astrophotography, most of us use a laptop for camera control, autoguiding and image display. At public outreach stargazes we often just want to take a single time exposure in order to show visitors what 'that fuzzy blob' they see in the eyepiece really looks like, it's often not at all convenient to set up a laptop. A tablet is an excellent tool for image display, but there's still the problem of a USB cable from the tablet to the camera. Many tablets don't even have a full size USB connection or require a special adapter or cable, but they all have WiFi. That's great if you're using a camera that has WiFi capability but what about those DSLRs that don't? Enter the TP-Link MR3040 Wireless Router.

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Review of the 18” f/5 Otte binodobson

Sep 26 2016 10:55 AM | PeterDob in User Reviews

Sometimes, aperture fever can lead to a severe case of brain damage. The kind that compels you to make a purchase that by all acceptable standards would be considered insane. Such is the case for those who decide to buy a gigantic binoscope. Already much has been said about the huge disadvantages of the binodobson. After all, there must be a reason why almost no telescope manufacturing company offers them. But are these prejudices true or are they merely based on assumptions without any real experience to back them up? In order to find out, me and my friends of the astronomical society of Trentino in northern Italy have put my new 18” binodobson to the test.



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Further Comments on the Lunt 152mm ED APO Refractor

Sep 26 2016 10:18 AM | tom_fowler in Articles

This scope has been reviewed at great length in a comprehensive essay by William Paolini (http://www.cloudynights.com/page/articles/cat/user-reviews/first-impressions-of-the-lunt-152mm-f8-ed-apo-r2889), and I strongly recommend that prospective buyers study his excellent article.  I will not repeat what he said except to emphasize that the scope has great optics, and nice fit and finish.  It gives razor sharp views with no hint of false color.   Definitely this is a great scope for visual or photographic purposes!  Using this scope is fairly intuitive for anyone familiar with common telescopes.  Unfortunately the scope does not come with any sort of manual, so there are a few items that may not be obvious when you take delivery of it.  Here I wish to bring up two matters that may be of interest to prospective buyers. 



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September 2016 Skies

Sep 06 2016 09:34 AM | cookman in This Month

Highlights: Comet Journal, Martian Landers, Meteor Showers, Autumnal Equinox, Planet Plotting, September Moon

Focus Constellations: Camelopardalis, Perseus, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Pegasus, Cepheus, Cygnus, Lyra, Aquila, Ophiuchus, Hercules, Draco, Ursa Minor, Ursa Major, Bootes



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The Dark Sky Experience

Aug 29 2016 08:59 AM | BillP in Articles

More than four decades ago I happened upon dark skies quite by accident while on a cross country trip with my good friend Mike. The memory of that experience that has remained all these years is how the common Messier Objects and other DSO were all apparent with the naked eye, looking like bright fuzzy patches against the dark sky. Since then, my observing has primarily been only from suburban sites where the Milky Way is only rarely detectable. Today, I like many others, wonder what it would be like to observe at a truly dark site. We also wonder about what equipment we should take, whether it would be a waste to take such a trip and not acquire and bring the largest aperture telescope possible, and of course we wonder just how different the celestial objects we observe will appear at these darker skies.

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Cosmic Challenge: NGC 6886 and NGC 6905

Aug 29 2016 08:52 AM | PhilH in Phil Harrington's Cosmic Challenge

Last month, I offered up two planetary nebulae for smaller apertures. This month, we again hunt for a pair of planetaries. This time, however, we may need a little more oomph to get the job done.

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August 2016 Skies

Aug 07 2016 08:46 AM | cookman in This Month

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

Focus Constellations: Perseus, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Pegasus, Cepheus, Cygnus, Lyra, Aquila, Ophiuchus, Hercules, Draco, Ursa Minor, Ursa Major, Bootes



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Cosmic Challenge: NGC 6803 and NGC 6804

Aug 07 2016 07:40 AM | PhilH in Phil Harrington's Cosmic Challenge

Here's a two'fer for you, a pair of challenges found within 1° of each other in the constellation Aquila the Eagle. Both of these planetary nebulae present interesting tests for smaller apertures, each in its own way.

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Hello Dolly!

Jul 07 2016 10:00 AM | Sourdough in Articles

This spring’s favorable placement of three major planets got me to thinking about how to put my scope on wheels. I was getting tired of lifting that awkward monster a few inches off the pavement and going umph-unk-umph-unk all the way up the driveway, hoping I wouldn’t snag a tripod foot between a pair of paving bricks (there is no such thing as flat ground in my suburb, par for the course around Denver).

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July 2016 Skies

Jul 06 2016 09:18 AM | cookman in This Month

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

Focus Constellations: Camelopardalis, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Draco, Ursa Minor, Ursa Major, Bootes, Hercules, Lyra, Cygnus, Aquila, Ophiuchus, Libra, Virgo, Coma Berenices



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