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2014 RASC Observer

By Tom Trusock


Join us as Tom Trusock takes a look at the 106th version of the venerable RASC Observer's Handbook.


Recent Additions

  • Product Review - Bresser Messier AR-127S/635

    Jul 07 2014 07:00 PM by Van Webster

    For the price, this telescope is a good value but don’t expect the performance of a top imported scope, at thousands of dollars more out of pocket.  Set reasonable expectations and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Thoughts about the new Meade introductory scopes

    Jul 07 2014 07:00 PM by Bill Steen

    I started writing this article as a way to collect my thoughts on the new scopes. My plans were to send it to my contact with Meade, just to let him know what I was thinking, since I communicate with beginners looking for what scope to purchase.

  • A 7inch F/3 Schmidt Camera

    Jun 13 2014 07:00 PM by David Cartwright

    Cloudy Nights members may be interested in a Schmidt camera that I made twenty odd years ago. Although photographic equipment has moved on since then, and Schmidt’s original design will now appeal to few, the novel method of making the corrector plate might still be useful in making a Schmidt Cassegrain telescope or astrograph.

  • Orion Starseek Wifi Module Serial/USB

    Jun 13 2014 07:00 PM by David Aucoin

    All in all, I was quite pleased with the Starseek WiFi module. I would recommend this item to anyone who wants complete wireless control of their telescope.


User Reviews

  • Product Review - Bresser Messier AR-127S/635

    Jul 08 2014 10:00 AM by Van Webster

    For the price, this telescope is a good value but don’t expect the performance of a top imported scope, at thousands of dollars more out of pocket.  Set reasonable expectations and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Orion Starseek Wifi Module Serial/USB

    Jun 14 2014 10:00 AM by David Aucoin

    All in all, I was quite pleased with the Starseek WiFi module. I would recommend this item to anyone who wants complete wireless control of their telescope.

  • A Watch for the Stars!

    Jun 08 2014 10:00 AM by Jeff Martin

    Its uniquely intuitive and powerful interface, surrounded by a variety of models to suit your taste make the Yes Watch a beautiful and valuable full-time companion. There's nothing quite like it!

  • Review: 10Micron GM2000HPS

    May 06 2014 10:00 AM by Per Frejvall

    This is a high end mount that delivers extraordinary performance and unguided imaging. It does not come cheap, but when comparing to other offerings it is important to note that this has absolute encoders – and they don’t come cheap.

  • First Impressions of the Lunt 152mm f/8 ED-APO

    May 06 2014 10:00 AM by William Paolini

    Excellent value with excellent performance, the Lunt-152 ED-APO with its APM designed lens makes the 6” APO experience both affordable and enjoyable.

  • Rigel Systems nFocus Review

    Mar 29 2014 10:00 AM by Joe Sullivan

    If you are looking for a step up from the 50-dollar focusers this is the smart choice.

  • Reveiw of Two TAL Finderscopes

    Mar 01 2014 10:00 AM by William Paolini

    Overall, both TAL finders are solidly executed with robust build quality and very good performing optics, better than the competitors they were tested against.

  • Review of Avalon T-Pod T-130 tripod

    Feb 23 2014 10:00 AM by Peter Appow

    If you love Italian beauty and style, appreciate great engineering and need rock solid stability, this is the mount for you.

  • The Istar Phoenix WFT 204 “Comet HUNTER “…

    Feb 17 2014 10:00 AM by James Edwards

    My conclusion and rating is simple. I give the Istar Phoenix 204 a 5 out of 5 rating in its class (Achromatic) and overall a 5 out of 5 in performance, fit and finish and the cost!!!

  • Orion XT6i Review

    Feb 17 2014 10:00 AM by John MacDonough

    I really like our Orion XT-6i Dobsonian telescope. In its stock form, it was a good introduction to observing for my son. I couldn’t help but tinker with it, though, and I’m happy with the results. The telescope now performs like a giant killer.

  • Orion SkyView Pro Update: GoTo Kit

    Feb 17 2014 10:00 AM by John MacDonough

    I wrote my original review of the SkyView Pro in 2008 when it had manual slow motion controls and the IntelliScope DSC system. I now have the SVP upgrade kit on my SVP mount. I’ve learned a couple of things that some will find obvious and wonder why it wasn’t to me; but some might find helpful.

  • Orion Sirius Review

    Feb 09 2014 10:00 AM by John MacDonough

    So, with all this, does the Sirius do what I’d hoped? Yes, it does.

  • iOptron SkyGuider Review

    Feb 09 2014 10:00 AM by John Crisp

    Pro’s
    Lightweight
    Travel bags for the tripod and mount
    Easy setup and LED polar scope light
    Quality of construction

    Con’s
    Ball head collides with motor box in certain situations
    Paid app for the price of the product

  • Review of USB_Focus v3 (UFO)

    Jan 19 2014 10:00 AM by Ralph Laplanche

    Overall, I am very happy with my purchase of TWO USB_Focus v3 complete kits. In fact, I am so satisfied, that once I find a used FeatherTouch focuser for my 10” Meade LX200GPS, I will purchase a motor and bracket for the FeatherTouch. It’s great to be able to buy only what you need.

  • Denkmeier 2” IVB Star Diagonal with Power X Switch

    Jan 11 2014 10:00 AM by Kevin Vaught

    Back in October, I reviewed the Denkmeier 2” IVB (Interlocking Visual Back) Star Diagonal. This is a continuation of that review along with the Power X Switch that I added to the IVB in November.

  • Oberwerk 12x60 LW Binocular Review

    Dec 21 2013 10:00 AM by Jim Van Dyke

    Do I recommend the Oberwerk 12x60 for astronomy at $110? Yes. They perform amazingly well, are fun to use, and $110 is a great price. But be realistic. You are only getting equivalent 50mm light grasp, and these are not ultra wides. I expect all competitor 12x60 binoculars to be really 50mm or so at less field than advertised.




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