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ISTAR 2-inch Dielectric Diagonal

Jun 29 2010 01:13 PM | atelierbks in Accessories

The ISTAR’s outstanding quality was its construction and price/performance ratio. Its thicker mirror, drawtube baffle, low-scatter interior, and quality of metal finishing testifies that it was custom-designed and custom-produced. How ISTAR does this for $89.00 is beyond me.

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Author name: Douglas Bullis
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Hubble 5-star Artificial Stars

Apr 02 2010 10:11 AM | Mr. Bill in Accessories

It resembles a small flashlight (takes 3 AAA batteries) with an off/on pushbutton switch and has a metal mask with 5 precision pinholes (50/100/150/200/250 microns) and a white LED aligned to each pinhole. You can select the

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Author name: Bill Faatz
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Anderson PowerPole Conectors

Mar 22 2010 07:27 AM | Midnight Dan in Accessories

What are you using to connect your 12V power to your mount, your dew heaters, your cameras? Automotive cigarette lighter connectors? I thought so!

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Author name: Dan Kutcha
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Starlight Instruments Motorized Focus Control System for the Feather Touch 3545 Focuser

Feb 19 2010 07:42 AM | Guest in Focusers (Electric and Manual)

My goal was to achieve a finer degree of focus control for imaging than the 3545 was able to provide manually on my TEC 140. The 3545 is superb for visual use. It is much more difficult to come to a tight focus with high magnification and narrow FOV in planetary CCD imaging because

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Author name: Jim McAfee
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Jasper APC Laser

Jan 07 2010 06:24 AM | Ps191 in Accessories

The APC is a 'pen' style laser that is made from some type of metal (my guess is painted brass) and comes with a protective plastic case that has a separate compartment for the batters, for when the laser is not in use

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Author name: Kevin Boss
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Atlas/Skywatcher EQ-6 Replacement Saddle

Jan 06 2010 11:50 AM | jcely7 in Accessories

The Atlas/Skywatcher EQ-6 is well known as a heavy duty mount on a budget. However, it comes standard with a saddle that only accepts the vixen style dovetail. It you wanted to mount the 3" wide losmandy type dovetail, you were forced to buy

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Celestron Power Tank

Jan 06 2010 11:43 AM | jcely7 in Accessories

The power tank is a must have accessory for any power-hunger set up. It has two cigarette-lighter 12v outputs, a 3v output, 6v output, and 9v output, a low power flashlight with a removable red cap, and an

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Author name: Justin Ely
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TeleGizmo Telescope Cover

Jan 06 2010 11:36 AM | jcely7 in Accessories

I originally bought this scope cover when i was hauling a 10” newtionian on a 1970's star-liner mount down the stairs from my room and out into my back yard each night when i came home for the weekends.

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Telrad Finder

Jan 06 2010 11:14 AM | jcely7 in Accessories

The aspect of zero magnification can serve multiple purposes. The first is that it can quickly get you in the general area of your

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Author name: Justin Ely
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Hirsch SCT Focal Reducer

Jan 06 2010 11:09 AM | jcely7 in Accessories

I cannot tell the difference between the Hirsch SCT f/6.3 focal reducer and the more expensive Meade and Celestron versions. I bought the Hirsh used on CN for

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Orion/Synta Type Finder Mounting Shoe with 0.785" (20mm) Hole Spacing

Jan 06 2010 11:03 AM | R. Christian in Accessories

I knew that Hardin was no longer making this particular scope but remembered that is was close as an Orion knockoff. I then found

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Author name: Christian Bruggerman
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Dan's 12" Pier Plates

Jan 06 2010 10:25 AM | Lord Beowulf in Observing Domes, Tents, and Panels

Ok, for anyone thinking of pouring the concrete pier, the whole point is to have stability; gobs and gobs of stability (and of course to get rid of the tripod legs my wife always

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Author name: Michael Foegelle
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Celestron Red LED Flashlight

Jan 06 2010 08:11 AM | lemonsensation in Accessories

This flashlight has two important features: a strap and the variable brightness. The strap lets you hang it on your neck without having to

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Author name: John Yeung
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AWR Synchronous Motor RA Drive Corrector

Jan 05 2010 07:36 AM | Rick K in Accessories

As an old-timer, I still use telescopes with 120 VAC synchronous RA motor drives. As a recently born-again digital astrophotographer, I still need to have a way to control the RA drive

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Author name: Rick Kelly
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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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Author name: Steve Berte
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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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Author name: Frank Etscorn
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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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Author name: Frank Etscorn
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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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Author name: Roberto Valladares
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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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Author name: Jack Swaton
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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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Author name: George Liu
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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 1.25" 90 Degree Dielectric Mirror Star Diagonal

Dec 29 2009 06:39 AM | stargazertony in Star Diagonals

I purchased the Stellarvue 1.25" Dielectric Diagonal to replace the stock prism diagonal that came with my 102mm Orion Apex Maksutov and for use in my

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Zhumell SEE IT ALL Telescope Filter Set

Dec 28 2009 12:00 PM | Lord Beowulf in Astronomical Filters

The Zhumell SEE IT ALL Telescope Filter Set consists of four filters, a Sky-Glow filter, a UHC (Ultra High Contrast) filter, an O-III filter, and a

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Telrad Finder

Dec 28 2009 11:21 AM | Guest in Accessories

I'll start by saying I'm new to astronomy. I attended a local astronomy club meeting last month and one of the members was nice enough to

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Author name: Paul Griffin
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Smart Astronomy Smart Seat II

Dec 28 2009 11:09 AM | stargazertony in Accessories

It is really very sturdy, and is extremely lightweight and comfortable. I have seen other observing chairs but they

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Author name: Anthony Rogers
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