Celestron NexStar Evolution 8

Jump Straight to the Verdict The Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8 Computerised Telescope The Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Computerised Cassegrain telescope is a large Schmidt Cassegrain. It’s got a gaping 203.2mm (8″ […]

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Have you seen the International Space Station?

The International Space Station (ISS) regularly flies over Melbourne (and all parts of Australia). It appears like a bright dot, travelling quietly and without any flashes and can take more […]

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Adjustment knobs on the red-dot finderscope

This blog shows you two different types of finderscopes. It describes what a finderscope is, how it’s useful, how it attaches to your main scope. Not all new astronomers know […]

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Starting out in astrophotography - what sort of scope?

The awful choice in astrophotography For astrophotography, some things in the sky, like nebulas, are surprisingly large but incredibly dim. These need telescopes with lots of light gathering ability but low […]

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See the mysterious Lunar X

The Lunar X is a relatively-unknown feature that comes and goes on the surface of the Moon. It’s visible for about an hour each month when light from the Sun […]

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How to set up an equatorial mount

This is the second part of my blog on telescope mounts, and concentrates on the equatorial mount. I look specifically at how to set up an equatorial mount and align […]

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An equatorial and an alt-azimuth mount

Mounts are important. So much so that choosing a telescope mount can either make or break your entire hobby. For beginners, most telescopes come bundled with telescope mounts. These come in […]

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What can you do with a saxon F767 reflector telescope?

The Saxon F767 Newtonian Reflector Telescope is a beginner’s Newtonian reflector telescope. While it may be inexpensive, the alt-azimuth mount makes it very easy to use and the optics provide a high […]

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Comet Wirtanen is coming back – again

Comet 46P/Wirtanen is returning in December 2018, and it’s going to pass close to the Earth. It’ll look good in binoculars from the Southern Hemisphere. Wirtanen is a dirty snowball. […]

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saxon Scopepix Smartphone Adapter

Phone adapters for telescopes allow you to position your phone at the back of a telescope, microscope or binoculars. They allow adjustments so you can take photos or video without […]

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