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November Skies

Nov 01 2014 02:28 PM | cookman in This Month's Skies

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

Focus Constellations: Cassiopeia, Perseus, Taurus, Auriga, Camelopardalis, Lynx, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Draco, Cepheus, Lyra, Cygnus, Aquarius, Pegasus, Pisces, Andromeda



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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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October Skies

Oct 01 2014 01:54 PM | cookman in This Month's Skies

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

Focus Constellations: Cassiopeia, Perseus, Camelopardalis, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Draco, Cepheus, Cygnus, Lyra, Aquila, Capricornus, Aquarius, Pegasus, Pisces, Andromeda



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Binocular Universe: Double Duty

Oct 01 2014 12:44 PM | PhilH in Binocular Universe

Regardless of your observing site, be it under dark rural skies or from a more cosmopolitan setting, hunting down binary stars through binoculars is a great way to confirm the quality of your optics, your eyesight, and your powers of observation. This month, we have a selection of targets that range from easily resolved through pocket binoculars to challenging through the best 10x and 11x pairs.

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What's Up - My Telescopes through the years...

Sep 29 2014 07:30 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

This is the 99th article I have written for the Cloudy Nights website.  So, I thought I would do something special.  What follows is a listing of images and text about the telescopes I have owned.



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Binocular Universe: Flying High

Sep 02 2014 06:31 AM | PhilH in Binocular Universe

The North America Nebula (NGC 7000) is a large expanse of glowing hydrogen gas mixed with opaque clouds of cosmic dust just 3 degrees east of Deneb (Alpha Cygni) and 1 degree to the west of 4th-magnitude Xi Cygni. Famous as one of the most luminous blue supergiants visible in the night sky, Deneb marks the tail of Cygnus the Swan, or if you prefer, the top of the Northern Cross asterism.

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SkyWatcher ED Esprit 120mm Apochromatic Triplet

Aug 17 2014 10:36 AM | DarrenT in 120mm - 130mm Refractors

I have always said that if I had to go from having a couple of scopes to one in weighing aperture versus portability, contrast and almost crystalline view, then that one scope would be a decent aperture refractor. This 120 might just be the ticket.

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SPECTROSCOPY for AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS

Aug 17 2014 09:54 AM | buynoski in Articles

Not into “heavy scientific” work? Just want to enjoy the colorful rainbows of other stars, or see the fascinating absorption line detail in the solar spectrum? A number of options, some quite inexpensive, are available to display spectra for you.

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Cloudy Nights Review: Half-Hitch Free-Turn-X (F...

Aug 17 2014 09:17 AM | mrn in User Reviews

Of all the mounts I have purchased over the years this one is quickly becoming my favorite.

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William Optics Star 71 Astrograph First Impress...

Aug 16 2014 03:05 PM | rford322 in Telescope Articles

My first impression is excellent.  The WO Star 71 has a wide, well illuminated, flat field of view, exactly what I was looking for. 

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