How to set up an equatorial mount

How to set up an equatorial mount

The viewfinder and mount head are placed on a tripod. The RA axis should point towards the north celestial pole. For motorized equatorial mounts, some short unguided photography is possible, provided your alignment is sufficiently accurate and your motor is set to track at sidereal speed (the speed at which stars appear to move in … Read more

What Are The Best Conditions For Stargazing

Whether you use a telescope, binoculars or the naked eye, cold, windless nights offer the best observing conditions. Scope Nights works in a similar way to Clear Sky Charts, but collects data from the U. Satellite images are useful for showing current atmospheric conditions, both in visual and infrared light, and how they may evolve … Read more

What type of telescope is Meade ETX 125?

The Meade Instruments 205005 ETX125 Observer telescope offers high quality images and a number of options that can suit those looking for a solid computerized telescope, as well as the budding astrophotographer who wants to try their hand at photographing the cosmos. The 125mm aperture combined with the small stature of this telescope gives it … Read more

Celestron c90 review: The perfect choice

Celestron has taken their years of experience and used it to create a wonderful example of terrestrial optics. For those who are just getting started in astronomy, or simply looking for a small portable telescope for quick looks and travel, the C90 deserves further investigation. For anyone who wants to take the optical power of … Read more

Celestron omni xlt 102 review

Now, Celestron uses that same technology to allow stargazers to connect with the night sky and enhance their experience of the cosmos in a fun and unique way. Unleash the full pointing precision of your Celestron computerized telescope with a suite of specialized telescope control software. For the observer whose interests are the brightest solar … Read more

Is the Celestron Nexstar 5SE worth it?

If you overlook the battery problem, the Celestron nexstar 5se is a complete package. The main drawback of the 5SE is the fact that the 8 AA batteries intended to run the scope when there is no power outlet nearby only run the scope for about 2 hours before dying. If you’re looking for observational … Read more

Orion skyview pro review

To me, if they can make pads to limit vibration, they should be able to make the mount so it doesn’t vibrate. While the CG-5 is a capable mount, it has earned the nickname “coffee grinder”, and if you ever hear one spin, you’ll understand why. The finder on the SkyView Pro 8 is a … Read more

Is the AVX mount good for astrophotography?

In my opinion, the celestron avx mount is a very good and affordable mount to start your astrophotographic adventure as a beginner astrophotographer. In my opinion, the celestron avx mount is a very good and affordable mount to start your astrophotographic adventure as a beginner astrophotographer. It has to be to support a 30 pound … Read more

Celestron CGX L Mount review

My Sky-Watcher Esprit 100 ED and William Optics Fluorostar 132 scopes feature the wider 3-inch “Losmandy-style” dovetail for improved stability, and fit securely on the CGX-L. The dual dovetail mount provides convenient mounting options for both Vixen and Losmandy dovetail configurations. The deep sky astrophotography potential of the Celestron CGX-L telescope mount is obvious, and … Read more

Is a 2x or 3x barlow lens better?

The Barlow TV 3X is generally considered somewhat superior to the 2X, and is considered unusually excellent. With short, inexpensive extension tubes up to 1.5 in length placed between the Barlow and the eyepiece, the EiC16 can produce 1.9X magnification, so it’s a good choice sometimes. I *think* the 17.5mm Baader Morpheus *should* work well … Read more

Celestron luminos review

All Luminos eyepieces are multi-coated to improve light transmission through the multiple lenses, which means a better image on the eye, and the edges of the lenses are blackened to improve contrast. Overall, the Luminos eyepieces look great and feel like a well-built, robust and professional range. On the trail, on the job site, in … Read more

How to collimate a telescope

A collimation cap is also known as a sight tube and is basically like a cap that you put on the focuser of your reflecting telescope. A collimation cap is also known as a sight tube and is basically like a plug that you put on the focuser of your well priced reflecting telescope. I … Read more

How to choose a telescope

The main specification you need to consider when choosing a telescope is its aperture, i.e. the diameter of its main mirror or lens. You can choose the telescope with the largest aperture and the highest price, but these may be too complex for a beginner. The larger the diameter, the more light the telescope will … Read more

Maksutov-cassegrain vs schmidt-cassegrain

For people looking for a compact telescope with the visual performance of a large aperture refractor, the Maksutov-Cassegrains are the best choice. Another difference is in the size of the aperture. The secondary mirror on a Schmidt is a normal mirror. The Schmidt has a thin complex shaped corrector lens with a secondary mirror, and … Read more

Dobsonian vs Cassegrain – Which to choose?

The Dobsonian is one type of mount, while the Schmidt-Cassegrain and the Newtonian are different configurations of the optics inside the telescope. The Dobsonian is one type of mount, while the Schmidt-Cassegrain and Newtonian are different configurations of the optics inside the telescope. Personally, I and many others would recommend investing in a Dobsonian reflector … Read more

Celestron Nexstar 6SE review

Celestron’s NexStar series comprises four different models of computerized telescopes, with different apertures ranging from 4 inches to 8 inches. The NexStar 6SE’s alignment technology eliminates the hassle of calibrating the instrument and, once completed, the GoTo system is extremely accurate at locating targets at the touch of a button. The mount has 2″ stainless … Read more