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Top 10 telescopes for 2019

Bill, Optics Central’s astrophotography specialist – and general all-round enthusiast – gives his opinion of the top 10 telescopes for 2019. See what he thinks! My boss asked me to […]

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Top 10 Telescopes for Kids (2019 Picks)

It’s getting into the Christmas season, and people are starting to think about presents. We made up this list of telescopes (and a binocular) with kids of between about 5 and 10 in mind.

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The convent, taken with a DSLR (colour camera)

This is part 3 of my series on astrophotography with filters. Last time I explained how the human eye sees in colour, using three different types of cone cells. We […]

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NGC 6188 - the Fighting Dragons of Ara. Photo taken in hydrogen alpha light.

This is part 2 of a series of blogs about filters and narrowband astrophotography. Bill explains how filters work, why you might use different filters and what a photo taken […]

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A Meade Cassegrain on an NEQ6

This is part 1 of a series of blogs about narrowband photography. In this introduction part, Bill talks about how – and why – he moved from taking astrophotographs with […]

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Sigma Octans from the Southern Cross plus a few signposts

This guide is suitable for all telescope owners of Synta computerised go-to EQ mounts, such as Sky-Watcher and saxon. In a previous blog, I explained how to polar align a […]

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Synscan handbox

Part two of the Celestron NexStar series. This guide is intended to help first time users and those who are experiencing difficulty with the Celestron SkyPortal (previously known as Celestron SkyQLink) […]

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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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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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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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