telescopes

A small Newtonian telescope

How I used the right type of Barlow to focus a DSLR on a small Newtonian telescope.

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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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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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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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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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