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#151 OneDaveT

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 06:20 AM

This sticky thread is getting a little dated.

I don't remember for 2011.
2012, with no hesitation, I would say SkyFi and sky safari.
In 2013, I would vote for Celestrons plate solving auto calibration StarSense accessory, though as it still has a few software bugs, maybe should hold off until 2014

#152 herrointment

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:03 PM

Juice-lid vibration suppression pads for the 2012-13 contest. The APM 6" ED lens has my vote for the 2014 version.

Looking forward to next years contest already....the suspense is unbearable!

#153 azoic

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 10:52 AM

I would like to +1 the discontinued Bushnell Ares 5/SW Heritage 130p/AWB onesky (either name its all the same scope). It got some new reputation attention in the last months also in sky&telescope and I think it more than deserves it.

an amazing little "tabletop" scope that puts the most bang for the buck in the class of REALLY portable scopes. it was the reason I got dragged into this wonderful hobby. Its focuser is not perfect I agree but with some tuning like for any dob (really ANY dob) it provides an amazing hard-destroy but "precise" instrument for the casusal and more-advanced visual observer not matter where he goes/flies/drives/(maybe even swims? :p)
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#154 azoic

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 10:53 AM

and of course sky safari pro since it is the single most powerful tool everybody currently needs in the field who does not want to drag along all those deep sky atlas sheets ;)

#155 Traveler

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 01:42 AM

For 2014: The Daystar Instruments QUARK.

#156 Aquarist

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 05:15 PM

For 2014: The Daystar Instruments QUARK.


Definitely a cool product but will even be more interesting when they have the 2x barlow product.

#157 havasman

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:03 PM

2014 - Astronomers w/o Borders OneSky newtonian.


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#158 Pinbout

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:17 PM

I think the M-Zero should be the product of the year.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=KB1ODGBFlzs

 

 

its portable, stylish and easy to work. and if you have some prada shoes to along with the rig... :smirk:

 

just wish I had m-zero money...

 

 

iOptron's cem60 would come in 2nd 

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=eCnyCF5KzLo



#159 Dom543

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 08:52 PM

Apart from looking stylish, does anyone know how smooth and accurate these M-zero mounts are? There is no mention of encoders or anything that could relate to accuracy in the ad that is on the DeepSkyProducts page.

 

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#160 Mystral

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 03:25 PM

The M-Zero product page 



#161 howard929

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 10:49 AM

ES 82's



#162 Pinbout

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 10:01 PM

lunts 50mm ha solar scope.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=7WxOA_EzUXg



#163 Procyon

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Posted 21 September 2014 - 01:54 AM

1- Bart not complaining for a count for a 4th year in a row! (Hopefully)
2- RASC 2014 Observer's Handbook
3- New Cloudy Nights Website
4- Stellarium for Android
5- Daystar's Quark HA eyepieces

Edited by NorthWolf, 21 September 2014 - 02:03 AM.


#164 James Cunningham

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 11:09 AM

No candidates for last year???

#165 Starman1

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 05:39 PM

Sure: Nexus DSC from AstroDevices in Australia.

Link: http://www.astrodevi...sDSC/index.html

 

Note: I have absolutely no commercial interest in or with this company.


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#166 Pinbout

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 03:03 PM

 

No candidates for last year???

 

http://www.televue.c...t3#.VNkSYk2BESs

 

the  Big Paracorr.

 

m-zero

https://www.youtube....h?v=KB1ODGBFlzs


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#167 mikeDnight

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Posted 15 May 2015 - 04:21 PM

Takahashi's new lightweight FC 100 D fluorite apo refractor.

 

Its wearing me out!

 

Mike



#168 csrlice12

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Posted 21 May 2015 - 08:08 PM

Right now a clear night  would qualify....



#169 RichA

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 11:18 PM

Istar achromat objectives....used a pair to build these 5 inch f/5.5 binoculars. Excellent quality lens at a fair price.

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#170 RichA

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 11:20 PM

What did you use for a prism or mirror assembly?

#171 FreddyH

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:55 AM

Hotech new and improved SCT collminator it works great



#172 junomike

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 12:00 PM

Hotech new and improved SCT collminator it works great

Hmm, I'll have to check it out.  (Still prefer good old Stars for collimation however).

 

Mike




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