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SkyShed POD (Personal Observatory Dome)

Dec 21 2009 11:37 AM | indyastro in Observing Domes, Tents, and Panels

Setup was substantially easier than building an observatory from scratch. However, the process wasn't exactly seamless. The dome comes in two pairs (four quadrants) that have to be

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Moonlite Focuser - Work of Art or Functional Instrument?

Dec 18 2009 08:28 AM | Mike Baker in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

By way of introduction I am an amateur astronomer from Van Buren, Arkansas whose interest in astronomy started with a basic astronomy class in the mid-70's while

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SmartAstronomy 10:1 2" Crayford Style Focuser (SCT Style)

Dec 18 2009 08:34 AM | snogeez in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

Upon receipt I was pleasantly surprised. The unit came very well packed, with a shaped foam rubber block that has since been transferred into my accessory box. The unit has

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Author name: Larry Glasheen
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Pelican L1 Red LED Micro-Flashlight

Dec 18 2009 08:37 AM | Guest in Accessories

In the old days, I would just wrap the business end of a two D-cell flashlight with red cellophane. Growing older and savvier, I put the cellophane inside the

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Wicked Lasers Core 5mW Green Laser Pointer

Dec 18 2009 11:02 AM | Chris McCubbin in Green Lasers

The Core is a 532nm laser at 5mW, the legal limit for consumer GLP's. The laser comes in a

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Inova Red LED Micro-Flashlight

Dec 18 2009 12:30 PM | jtex in Accessories

This Red LED Micro-Flashlight by INOVA is a fine little addition to my backyard fun. Small in size, it’s big in function with

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Baader Neodymium Moon and Skyglow Filter

Dec 17 2009 07:35 AM | Robert Piekiel in Astronomical Filters

Like it’s name suggests, this filter also helps the view of deep-sky objects in moonlight, something that other filters

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HoTech Laser Collimator

Dec 17 2009 08:25 AM | Guest in Accessories

The instructions left me wondering how to adjust the laser. A cosmetic ring just back from the viewing window unscrews revealing 3 small Allen head alignment screws. A few minutes spent adjusting

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Asronomy Technologies 1.25 " Dielectric Diagonal model #AT1D

Dec 17 2009 10:25 AM | glenngds in Star Diagonals

This Astro-Tech diagonal performs exceptionally well. It is a much better quality than the two Orion diagpnals I have owned and the difference is not just marginal. The Astro-Tech is brighter, more

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Author name: Glenn Sullivan
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Orion Steadypix Deluxe Camera Mount

Dec 17 2009 10:43 AM | DigitalNinja in Accessories

First off, I’d like to say that this thing is far less flimsy than it looks specially with all the knobs tightened. Anyway, after taking my scope out on the grass (Deck provided the much hated vibration). I turned on my red led light on my

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Orion 2" Rack and Pinion Focuser

Dec 17 2009 11:42 AM | Zamboni in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

When it comes to finding components for amateur telescope making, some areas of the market are burdened with an embarrassment of riches while others are anemic when it comes to options available to the consumer

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HoTech 2" Cross-Hair Laser Collimator

Dec 16 2009 09:28 AM | BDUBU in Accessories

When I received my HoTech Laser Collimator in the mail, I immediately read the manual, read instructions on-line for collimating a large Dob and proceeded to check my alignment on the scope. The scope, according to the laser collimator was

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Global Green Laser Pointer

Dec 15 2009 09:16 AM | Guest in Green Lasers

Global, a British company, and runs on two AAA batteries, so no expensive, exotic batteries to find. This makes the tube almost

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Author name: Edward MacMillan
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Oserving Tables by Lifetime Products

Dec 15 2009 09:26 AM | JayinUT in Accessories

One of those items often forgotten by amateur astronomers when observing is the basic table. The need to have a table that fold down for transport, or to simply take out to the backyard is a key to

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Meade Laser Collimation Tool

Dec 15 2009 09:52 AM | Feidb in Accessories

When I plugged it in, I couldn't get the dot into the diagonal, let alone, center it. I eyeballed my alignment beforehand and when I plugged in the laser, it would be way off. So, I adjusted my optics to get the dot

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Baader Hyperion 15mm and 8mm Oculars

Dec 14 2009 09:30 AM | Feidb in Accessories

As many of you may already know, I am not a fan of high-end eyepieces. I find that the supposed bang you get is not worth the

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Author name: Fred Rayworth
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Orion Pluck Foam Accessory Case vs. Harbor Freight Pluck Foam Toolcase

Dec 14 2009 11:34 AM | Zamboni in Cases

One of the most important accessories in an amateur astronomer’s arsenal is simply something to keep all of one’s other accessories in. Some astronomers use

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Performance Test of Anti-Vibration Pads - Manufactured and Homemade

Dec 14 2009 12:03 PM | Zamboni in Accessories

One of the most useful (but least used) accessories one can have is a set of Vibration Suppression Pads (VSPs). While they are not

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DIY Hypertune DVD

Dec 11 2009 10:57 AM | Guest in Accessories

As an amateur astronomer, I’m always looking for ideas and products to make my observing and imaging more enjoyable and productive and as the owner of a Meade LXD75 SN-8, I had been interested in the idea of "hypertuning" my mount ever since I came across a post about it on Cloudy Nights

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Zhummel See It All Filter Set

Dec 11 2009 11:15 AM | Guest in Astronomical Filters

The first thing I looked at was Jupiter with my 2" 30 mm eye piece which provides 50X power. . First I looked at it with

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Forbidden Lines: Mini [OIII] Filter Shootout

Dec 11 2009 12:47 PM | Guest in Accessories

Forbidden lines of different atoms are generally put in parentheses to denote unstable nature. It is a spectral line emitted by atoms undergoing energy transitions not normally allowed by the selection rules of quantum mechanics. The emission lines are called forbidden because

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Moonlight CR2 Dual Rate Tri-knob and Universal Install Kit

Dec 11 2009 06:59 AM | Diek in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

I have been using an Orion XT10i for several years now. As much as I love the scope overall, focusing with the stock focuser has always been a pain

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Astronomik LRGB Type IIc Filters

Dec 11 2009 07:30 AM | dsnay in Astronomical Filters

I have been using an Astronomik H-a filter for narrowband imaging in my Meade DSI-Pro cameras for over a year. I recently added

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Author name: David Snay
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GSO Low Profile 2-Speed Focuser with Rigel Systems N-Focus Electronic Focusing

Dec 10 2009 06:13 AM | voliton in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

I have a 10", f 4.7 Newtonian I custom built for astrophotography with the primary mirror pushed forward 2 inches to give more in-focus

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Author name: Gary Ahlers
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The Very Cheapest Red Flashlight

Dec 10 2009 07:24 AM | arpruss in Accessories

This keychain red LED flashlight costs 44 cents at dealextreme.com, shipped, except that one has to buy it in a pack of ten for the whopping price of $4.42 (shipped)

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Author name: Alexander Pruss
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