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Discussion about telescopes, mounts, eyepieces, etc


ATM, Optics and DIY Forum

Amateur Telescope Making (ATM) and any do it yourself related activities. Ask questions, discuss and post pictures of telescope related projects, optics, telescopes, observing chairs, etc.

Forum moderators: cuzimthedad, Jared, Sean Cunneen
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Wooden tube 6” f/8 Newtonian - last post by Chad7531


"Best Of Binocular" Library, How to Choose, Equipment Minireviews, Observation Reports, Testing Aspects, Aberrations and Deficiencies, Books, Binocular Mounts, Observing Lists, Exit Pupil vs Eye Pupil, Binocular Vision and more

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10x Trapezium? - last post by clastro8*


Binoviewer discussion forum

Forum moderators: nikm, noisejammer, spazmore
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low power barlow - last post by doug mc

Cats & Casses

A forum for discussing Cassegrain (Classic Cassegrain, Ritchey-Chrétien, Dall–Kirkham, etc) and Catadioptric telescopes (Schmidt and Maksutov Cassegrains, ACF, Edge HD, etc).

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Just ordered a 6" Maksu... - last post by oneredpanther

Classic Telescopes

Telescopes from an era gone by. The place to discuss older telescopes. Antiques, flea market finds, and scopes from grandpa's attic. From the 1780's to the mid-1990's - refractors, reflectors, and early SCT's. Discussing all aspects of restoring, collecting, and observing with older scopes. Discussion of 25-year-old scopes still in production is OK but please don't post newer examples of those, except for actual side-by-side comparisons to demonstrate detail changes.

Forum moderators: CltFlyboy, Jared, Sean Cunneen, mdowns
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Old Unitron or New APO? - last post by photoracer18

Equipment (No astrophotography)

A forum for discussion of visual and general astronomy equipment and accessories; a default location if you your topic does not fit into any of the more specialized equipment forums such as Mounts, Eyepieces, Refractors, etc.

Topics related to astronomy cameras and related imaging equipment should be posted in whichever imaging forum is most appropriate to that topic. These can be found in the Astrophotography and Sketching category.

Forum moderators: Jared, mewmartigan, MJB87, Wildetelescope
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Beginner Telescope with... - last post by bookworm


A place to discuss our favorite eyepieces and eyepiece accessories, barlows, filters, etc.

Forum moderators: FirstSight, noisejammer, therealdmt, Uwe Pilz
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Astromania eyepieces - last post by Sky Muse


A Forum to discuss all types of mounts and mount accessories - including computerized, manual, GEM, fork mount, parallactic, alt-az, DSCs, PushTo and GoTo systems.

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Looking for the best of the... - last post by revans

Night Vision Astronomy

Night Vision Astronomy is astronomy performed with analog or digital devices capable of producing a real time view of celestial objects. This forum allows discussion of the equipment, its configuration and use, observing reports made using the devices, techniques for image capture, and the sharing of images the observer made to record their observations.

Forum moderators: DeepSky Di, imtl, MJB87, nicknacknock
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What camera lenses are best? - last post by sixela


A forum for discussing the ins and outs of current observatories as well as sharing designs, and ideas. Manufacturers and Vendors are invited to attend.

Forum moderators: Astrola72, Dan Crowson, MJB87, nikm
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Naming of personal observat... - last post by dale wilson


A forum for discussing Newtonian type reflecting telescopes (including Schmidt and Maksutov designs as well as Herschelian, Off-Axis, etc).

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Better optics - last post by briansalomon1


A forum for discussing refractor telescopes.

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Has my Dream Scope become o... - last post by lwbehney

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