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Orion 1.25" Variable Polarizing Telescope Filter

Dec 29 2009 06:41 AM | Guest 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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Stellarvue Enhanced 2" Dielectric Diagonal - D1029ED

Dec 29 2009 06:47 AM | Guest in Star Diagonals

As with most telescope "connoisseurs", I have fallen prey to purchasing another telescope, even though the one I have more than adequately serves my purposes. During a

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BIPH - A Tour of the Invisible Universe

Dec 29 2009 07:15 AM | StarryHost in Binoviewers

BIPH is a generation 3 military night vision device that has been ingeniously adapted for astronomical use. It uses a barrel which fits into any two inch focuser and

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The Night Sky Original 2-Sided Planisphere

Dec 29 2009 07:42 AM | Guest in Accessories

If you are a complete beginner like I was you will realize that this is very easy and requires no compass of course. About a minute into your first observing session you will be able to

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JMI Track-N-Train

Dec 29 2009 07:57 AM | detscorn in Dobsonian Mount Accessories

The motors are powered by a supplied 12V battery which easily fixes to the inside of the rocker box. This keeps the battery secure and out of the way. The motors are all controlled by

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JMI EV-1NM Focuser

Dec 29 2009 08:12 AM | detscorn in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

The focuser arrived in great condition and was packed extremely well. The focuser was basically encased in soft foam. I was hoping to just be able to unscrew my old focuser and replace it with this one, but

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Catsperch and Harford Homemade Observing Chairs

Dec 29 2009 08:23 AM | atnbirdie in Accessories

You can buy a ready-made chair of course, but if you enjoy making things yourself I’m going to introduce you to two models that I’ve made and found to be very good pieces of equipment. Both are wooden and

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Galileo Mars' Eye Red Dot Finder

Dec 24 2009 06:00 AM | arpruss in Accessories

Visual impression: The Galileo brand of low-end astronomy goods seems to like an annoying blackletter font and gold lettering. But who cares? It'll be dark when I use it

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11 5/16 Inch Byers RA Drive Gear Set

Dec 24 2009 07:09 AM | Rick K in Accessories

As an old timer, my reaction was to turn the the most trusted name in telescope drives, Ed Byers. However, I had visited Byers shop in Barstow, CA about 10 years prior and he told me he was on the cusp of retirement, so I didn't know if I could

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Orion RedBeam II Flashlight

Dec 23 2009 07:51 AM | Charlie Conger in Accessories

The flashlight is not much bigger than the single 9 volt battery that powers it and has handy lanyard to hang it around your neck when it not in use. In general I find this to be a very

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Celestron SkyScout

Dec 23 2009 08:00 AM | Guest in Accessories

The Celestron SkyScout was made for someone like me. I've always had an interest in the night sky, but never knew much about it or how to navigate it. The feeling has only grown since I've

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Telrad Reflex Sight

Dec 23 2009 08:40 AM | dpforward in Accessories

Three adjustment screws allowed for very easy alignment with my scope's field of view. To align the Telrad, I simply aligned my scope on a

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GSO Crayford 10:1 Dual Speed Focuser

Dec 23 2009 09:49 AM | John E.M. in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

I bought a GSO Crayford 10:1 Duel Speed Focuser recently as an upgrade to the stock Rack & Pinion Focuser that came with my Refractor

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Astro-Physics Maxbright 2" Diagonal

Dec 23 2009 10:25 AM | pogobbler in Star Diagonals

The first impression one gets of this diagonal is of its very high quality. The body is machined from a single piece of aluminum so neither of the tube portions of the diagonal can

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RadioShack 12volt DC Cooling Fan

Dec 22 2009 06:38 AM | Ed in Illinois in Accessories

The idea here, for those wondering, is to get that giant chunk of glass to "thermal equilibrium" with the ambient air temperature as quickly as possible. Experts believe that the huge chunk of highly polished glass at the bottom of a Dobsonian will

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Orion Medium Accessory Case vs. Pelican 1400 Case

Dec 22 2009 07:17 AM | Ed in Illinois in Cases

When it comes to carrying eyepieces, I've been know to toss a few in my cargo pockets and head out. (GASP!) But when it comes to

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Denkmeier S-1 Power Switch/Filter Slide for SCTs

Dec 22 2009 09:05 AM | atnbirdie in Accessories

So what's so great about the Denk Power Switch? Basically, it turns any eyepiece you own into three. For example, I put my Meade

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Rayovac Sportsman 3-in-1 Head-Lite

Dec 22 2009 09:53 AM | Guest in Accessories

Not too often do we come across a very inexpensive piece of equipment that can make such a difference in the way we go about this wonderful hobby of ours

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Antares Binoviewer vs. TeleVue Bino Vue - PoorBoy vs. the Prince

Dec 22 2009 10:10 AM | QS3000 in Binoviewers

Recently I had the chance to test two binoviewers, the Antares 1.25-inch binocular eyepiece holder and the TeleVue Bino Vue with 2X amplifier, a piece of hardware that many amateur astronomers dream

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Rigel Systems Skylite Flashlight

Dec 21 2009 07:06 AM | Guest in Accessories

I've used a single led flashlight with a red lens attached to the front for a long time and have never been pleased with it's dim output and

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Orion Padded Case

Dec 21 2009 07:19 AM | jtex in Cases

After purchasing a new telescope, the Orion Skyquest XT8 Classic, the question came up on how best to transport the OTA safely in our car. My wife and I were due to leave on a trip and

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Telrad Finder

Dec 21 2009 11:10 AM | John989 in Accessories

Mounting is pretty simple, using double sided tape that is pre-applied to the Telrad. Just peel off the paper strips and stick it down. I found that it's best to

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8x40 Orion Illuminated Finder Scope

Dec 21 2009 11:20 AM | Guest in Finderscopes

Focusing is accomplishing by unscrewing a lock ring and turning the objective lens. The last step is installing the

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Zhumell Eyepiece Waist Case Accessory Holder

Dec 21 2009 11:29 AM | Dave G in Accessories

he first thing I would like to comment on is the fit and adjustability. I have a 34 inch waist and I have found the case to fit

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iOptron Cube

Dec 21 2009 11:33 AM | Hyperbolic in Accessories

I guess that almost no one would use an iOptron Cube SmartStar mount with a Questar 3.5" quartz scope – except that I found out that it is a

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