Author: Stuart Parkerson

Officina Stellare RiFAST300
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Officina Stellare RiFAST300

Officina Stellare RiFAST300: Officina Stellare produces some of the most exotic looking and exotic performing telescopes on the planet. Its new RiFAST300 is no exception. The Officina Stellare RiFAST300 astrograph is designed by Officina Stellare’s Massimo Riccardi to represent a milestone in the company’s approach to astrophotograpy. Compared to its […]

JMI Telescope Accessories
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JMI Telescope Accessories

Farpoint Astro has continued to rollout JMI Telescope Accessories and other products as a result of its parent company, Optical Structures,  acquisition of the JMI Telescope and Lumicon brands. Two of the most popular products offered from these brands are now available: JMI Medium Wheeley Bars and the Lumicon UHC […]

Figure 6. The straw that broke the camel’s back. This is a two-frame mosaic of the Veil nebula in Cygnus including narrowband H-alpha and OIII data. This image required over 30-hours of total imaging time.
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John Dobson Dobsonian Telescope

It’s hard to deny the impact that John Dobson had on the amateur astronomy hobby. His introduction of the Dobsonian telescope to the world in the late 60’s in combination with his grassroot outreach efforts through the creation of the Sidewalk Astronomers forever changed the landscape of our hobby. Below […]

Sky-Watcher USA EQM-35 Mount
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Sky-Watcher USA EQM-35 Mount

The Sky-Watcher USA EQM-35 go-to mount provides a convenient, stable go-to platform for refractors up to 100 mm or up to 127-mm Maksutovs. Designed as an imaging system, it also works well for visual use. This mount is perfect for the beginner as well as the more advanced astronomer. The […]

Meade Deep Sky Imager IV
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Meade Deep Sky Imager IV

The Meade Deep Sky Imager IV which is most advanced camera ever offered in the series. Equipped with a 16-megapixel Panasonic CMOS image sensor, regulated two-stage thermoelectric cooler, and 3.8-µm pixels, the new DSI IV is the ideal camera for all your astrophotography pursuits. The low-noise, high-resolution and fast USB […]

Celestron NexYZ Smartphone Adapter
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Celestron NexYZ Smartphone Adapter

What makes the Celestron NexYZ Smartphone Adapter different from other smartphone adapters? Its three-axis adjustment. Most adapters only allow adjustment of your phone in two axes, X and Y, to center its camera over the optical axis of the eyepiece That works, but what about the all-important Z axis: spacing of […]

IP4AP Announces Three-Day Workshop for PixInsight Image Processing Software for Astrophotography
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IP4AP Announces Three-Day Workshop for PixInsight Image Processing Software for Astrophotography

Warren Keller and Ron Brecher with IP4AP are teaming up again to present a three-day PixInsight workshop in Mesa, Arizona, September 21-23, 2018 and in Lake Forest, California September 28-30, 2018. If you’re new to image processing, PixInsight is a very powerful and much less expensive alternative to Photoshop. It is […]

iOptron Tri-Pier 360
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iOptron Tri-Pier 360

Recognizing that many observers and imagers alike are choosing to take larger and more capable instruments to “darker skies,” iOptron designers created the iOptron Tri-Pier 360 to serve as a portable support for their equipment. A rugged, dependable, portable pier, the Tri-Pier 360, so named because it is engineered to […]

Explore Scientific Wins Arkansas BBB’s Torch Award for Ethics
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Explore Scientific Wins Arkansas BBB’s Torch Award for Ethics

Explore Scientific, an international concern based in Springdale, Arkansas, has received the Better Business Bureau of Arkansas’ 2018 Torch Award for Ethics. The national award-winning “educate and recognize” Torch Award program is the premier public recognition of organizations that intentionally pursue the Six Principles of TRUST, upon which the BBB […]

Image 2: A new 10-inch Dovetail Saddle for both D-Style and V-Style Plates.
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Astro-Physics Dovetail Plate

Astro-Physics Dovetail Plate includes the 15-inch Vixen-style Dovetail Plate The V-style Dovetail has taken a major step forward: Astro-Physics is now offering a 15-inch Vixen-style Dovetail Plate (SBV15 – $58US). This is no run-of-the-mill V-style plate; this Astro-Physics Dovetail Plate is a robust, wide plate that allows attaching our scope […]

Astronomik CLS XT Clip Filter for EOS.
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Astronomik XT Clip Filters for DSLR Cameras

The Astronomik XT Clip Filters are specifically designed to deliver widefield images with crisp and sharp stars right to the edge of the field. Astronomik’s popular original Clip Filters are well known tools among astrophotographers worldwide, but unfortunately, their effectiveness does not fully extend to the very short focal lengths […]