Telescopes

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 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 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

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

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

telescope-eyepieces

Best Telescope Eyepieces for Viewing Planets [2021]

There are a wide array of different telescope eyepieces to choose from. And although many of them will be more suited to specific telescopes or brands, you can use them on pretty much any model, whether that’s a super expensive one or a telescope less than $1000. An eyepiece will give you the ability to … Read more

barlow-lens

Best Barlow Lens for your Telescope [2021]

When you’re buying accessories for your telescope, a good Barlow lens is often where people. Aside from being relatively cheap, they’re one of the most practical ways to see more when you’re looking at the night sky. A Barlow lens is the easiest way to increase the magnification of your telescope without spending a ton … Read more

4se-nexstar

Celestron Nexstar 4SE Review

When you want to find celestial objects in the night sky, you need a good quality telescope to do so. The Celestron Nexstar series is one of the most celebrated telescopes in recent years, with the 4SE being the cheapest of the SE models available. But how good is the 4SE, and is it worth … Read more

lx200

Meade LX90 vs LX200 Comparison

Meade are one of the best known brands when it comes to astronomy, and they have released some of the top telescopes over the past decade. This includes both the Meade LX90 and the LX200, which although are expensive, definitely have a lot of quality to them. But how are these two telescopes different to … Read more