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PELI-EASE Latch Opener

Dec 10 2009 08:11 AM | Guest in Accessories

This is a very handy little item for those that own Pelican cases, & find the latches very difficult to open

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Author name: Carol Anderson
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Bob's Knobs Telescope Collimation Thumbscrews

Dec 10 2009 08:40 AM | Guest in Accessories

An SCT absolutely requires collimation of the secondary mirror, by adjustment of the three screws that hold the secondary mirror until it's perfectly aligned with the primary, so that you get a perfectly symmetrical, nested series of diffraction rings in a defocused eyepiece (or the mirror rings viewed from the front of the scope)

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Author name: Lorin Spaulding
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Duracell Power Pack 600

Dec 10 2009 10:00 AM | Guest in Accessories

After 4 hours of viewing, the Celestron 7AMP Hour power pack ran out of battery. Several things contributed to only 4 hours of run time, the first was that it was in

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Author name: Helder Jacinito
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JMI EV 1R Focuser

Dec 09 2009 07:32 AM | Guest in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

The optics on my Vixen ED80Sf refractor were sufficient for my wide-field imaging needs, but I soon found that the weight of my Canon 40D DSLR was too much for the stock Crayford focuser

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Author name: Barry Etter
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Orion 9x50 Finderscope

Dec 09 2009 07:48 AM | Zamboni in Finderscopes

Sometimes an equipment purchase is forced upon you by urgent necessity. Such was the case when I was forced to obtain a replacement for my home-built 10x50 finder made from an old vinyl sports bottle, electrical tape, s****s of wood for the

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Author name: Tristan Schwartz
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Starizona Micro Touch Focus System

Dec 08 2009 10:36 AM | Doug Sanqunetti in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

Focusing accurately while taking astrophotographs is one of the most tedious and difficult things to do consistently.  Using a motorized focuser is almost a necessity

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Author name: Doug Sanqunetti
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Red Lamp Review

Nov 10 2009 12:19 PM | Guest in Lights

I have many red lights and none were really the "perfect" red light for reading my charts. I'd lay my light down, & misplace it, when I needed it

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Author name: Carol Anderson
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Lab Test and First Light Report of 2" Zhumell Filter Set

Oct 30 2009 06:15 AM | Guest in Astronomical Filters

My interest in astronomy started when I was 15 and saw Haley¡¯s comet through a pair of Bushnell binos. I had always wanted to buy a telescope but growing up in light and particulate polluted Bombay (now Mumbai), I gave up all notions of pursuing the hobby

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Author name: Shekar Govindaswamy
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Optec Libra Alt-Azimuth Dovetail Adjustment Plate - an Early Adopters Perspective

Oct 27 2009 07:16 AM | Bowmoreman in Accessories

Being "advanced middle age" and having two boys in school doesn't leave a LOT of free time. Sometimes learned the hard way, but more by nature, I am strongly biased towards buying the highest quality possible. Sometimes I simply have to learn the hard way

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Author name: Dave Wagner
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Celestron SkyScout

Sep 14 2009 04:43 AM | Snaproll in Accessories

I expected something about the size of a monocular range finder but the unit is more the size of a pair of binoculars, (but lighter). The form fitting (slightly ill-formed) case is a good idea. It protects the LED screen and give some protection from dew and accidental drops. (Oops, my bad. The unit is actually photographed upside down)

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Author name: Jim Welisek
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Earthwin PFS-B Binoviewer

Sep 02 2009 06:54 AM | altair1956 in Binoviewers

At NEAF in 2008, I purchased a new PFS-B binoviewer from Earthwin optical to use with my 16" scope. This is the unit that has the 3X power switches and the ability to slide 2 different filters in and out, one at a time

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Author name: Steve Hubbard
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Astronomy Gadgets Review

Jul 29 2009 06:37 AM | Snaproll in Accessories

Admittedly I'm a bit of a gadget freak. If it has sensors measuring the environment and produces some kind of output, I probably have one

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Author name: Jim Welisek
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Artificial Star

Mar 03 2009 01:57 AM | Darren Drake in Accessories

A New Artificial Star for Testing and Collimating Your Scope

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Author name: Darren Drake
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Telegizmo 365 Scope Cover

Feb 25 2009 02:36 AM | Tim Povlick in Accessories

I have been observing for about 10 years now and am located in San Diego

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Author name: Tim Povlick
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Josh Moyer Eyepiece Case

Jan 14 2009 12:47 AM | Guest in Cases

I stumbled across an ad for a 'fancy' eyepiece case in the classifieds a long time ago

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Author name: Donald Scott
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Hotech SCA Laser Collimator

Jan 10 2009 02:19 AM | Guest in Accessories

I needed a good, solid, laser collimator

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Author name: Alex McConahay
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Improving Refractor Performance with a Prism Diagonal

Aug 28 2008 02:59 AM | Clive Gibbons in Star Diagonals

One of the most important accessories that refractor owners use is a star diagonal. It allows observers to comfortably look through their instruments

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Author name: Clive Gibbons
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Astro Devices BETI

Jul 28 2008 04:40 AM | Guest in Digital Setting Circles/Goto Units

Astro Devices BETI - Bluetooth Electronic Telescope Interface

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Author name: Dean Sarelius
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Vixen Super Polaris Dovetail Adapter

May 31 2008 01:42 AM | Jerry Hyman in Accessories

This review concerns my quest for a secure way to mount my ota's to my Vixen Super Polaris gem mount and my Super Polaris Deluxe

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Author name: Jerry Hyman
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AstroGizmo's AstroGazer

Dec 06 2007 02:13 AM | Snaproll in Observing Domes, Tents, and Panels

The observatory evaluation criterion was formed from posts on Cloudynights and applies to all three observatories, the ED, POD and now the AG

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Author name: Jim Welisek
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MagLite Conversion Kit for Red LED

Oct 24 2007 12:55 AM | Guest in Lights

As we know, Light Emitting Diodes (LED) use less electricity and the bulbs last much longer than conventional bulbs, so an LED flashlight should be better.

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Author name: Rick Laws
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ExploraDome and POD Domes

Oct 12 2007 05:41 AM | Guest in Observing Domes, Tents, and Panels

Until recently the only low-cost alternatives have been opened roofed tents, PVC based enclosures or roll-off roofs.

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Author name: James Welisek
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Denkmeier Filter Switch

Aug 16 2007 04:37 AM | Snaproll in Binoviewers

Denkmeier Filter Switch

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Author name: Jim Welisek
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Sirius 11.5' Observatory

Jun 09 2007 01:34 AM | Dan McConaughy in Observing Domes, Tents, and Panels

It's been two and a half years since I received and built my Sirius 11.5' Observatory

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Author name: Daniel McConaughy
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Collins I3 "System"

May 10 2007 06:33 AM | Lynden in Image Intensifier

I would like to present for your consideration a departure in the way we look at nebula

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Author name: Lindy Williams
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