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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Celestron Anti-Vibration Pads

Dec 28 2009 06:56 AM | Midnight Dan in Accessories

I was a bit skeptical about plunking down $60 for what appeared to be 3 hockey pucks, but my scope is a Celestron 8SE which does get a little shaky at high magnifications so I thought I'd

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Rigel QuickFinder

Dec 28 2009 07:22 AM | leocardenas in Accessories

First impressions were not good. I thought that something made of plastic like that could not be good at all. I also turned it on and could not even

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Author name: Leo Cardenas
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Optical Tools to Get “Up Close and Personal” with Bugs, Plants and Rock...

Dec 28 2009 08:02 AM | Jay_Bird in Accessories

I want to share some experiences with optical tools that bridge the gap between distance viewing and microscopy. These offer a lot of natural history appreciation on clear or cloudy days, and cloudy nights

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Astro Chair

Dec 28 2009 08:42 AM | pogobbler in Accessories

In my search for good, adjustable seating, I came across many options, from diy projects to folding metal chairs, to

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Author name: Tom Polkabla
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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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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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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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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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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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Author name: Alexander Pruss
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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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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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Author name: Edward Spizzirri
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