Meade Instruments unveils its new Series 5000 Mega Wide Angle eyepieces, featuring an expansive 100° apparent field of view.
Starlight Xpress announces the Lodestar X2 Autoguider ($649), a tiny imaging and autoguiding camera.
Thousand Year Canon of Solar Eclipses: 1501 to 2500 is a comprehensive catalog of essential characteristics of each of the 2,389 solar eclipses occurring throughout this 10-century period, and Thousand Year Canon of Lunar Eclipses: 1501 to 2500 documents 2,424 lunar eclipses in the same time frame.
Baader Planetarium unveils its newest series of narrowband imaging filters specifically designed for fast astrographs.
In a quartet of high-quality videos, Sky & Telescope editors offer newcomers solid, objective tips on how to buy, use, equip, and care for new telescopes.
iOptron's Universal Smartphone Eyepiece Adapter ($58) allows users to take snapshots of the Moon, planets, the Sun (with proper filtering), and even some of the brightest deep-sky objects.
Now you can have all the Messier, NGC, and IC catalog objects available at the push of a button for your dual-mounted telescopes - Jim's Mobile Incorporated now offers encoders and hardware to mate its popular NGC-MAX positioning computer to the Explore Scientific Twilight II alt-az telescope mount (a complete kit with NGC-MAX computer...
Author and world-renowned astrophotographer Thierry Legault teaches you the art and techniques of astro-imaging in his book Astrophotography ($39.95, or $31.95 in eBook format).
JTW Astronomy announces the Spectra-L200 ($1,830), a slit spectrograph for amateur telescopes. Explore stars, nebulae, and distant quasars from your backyard.
Photonic Cleaning Technologies introduces First Contact Polymer Solutions ($110), which cleans your optical surfaces without leaving residue.
Atik Cameras unveils the Atik One 6.0 CCD camera ($3,295).
Looking for something to shoot tonight? Astrophotography expert Jerry Lodriguss's new e-book, Astrophotographer's Guide to the Deep Sky, can help you choose your celestial targets wisely.
Software Bisque Inc. 862 Brickyard Circle, Golden, CO 80403-8058 303-278-4478; www.bisque.com Software Bisque announces its long-anticipated expansion into the app market with the release of TheSky Mobile ($14.99) for the iPhone and TheSky HD for the iPad ($29.99). Both include an extensive feature set tailored to the intermediate and advanced amateur. TheSky for iOS...
Amateur astronomer Paul Chasse tells S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco about his experience using iOptron’s radically new ZEQ25 and CEM60 “center-balanced” telescope mounts.
Jim Moronski of Finger Lakes Instrumentation shows S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco FLI’s latest line of CCD cameras, filter wheels, and precision focusers.
SBIG’s David Morrow shows S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco the latest products in SBIG’s varied line of astronomical imaging equipment.
S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco and Sky-Watcher’s Kevin LeGore talk about Sky-Watcher’s wide range of astronomical equipment.
Stellarvue’s Vic Maris highlights the features of some of the company’s newest products, including its new 130-mm apo refractors.
Tele Vue’s Al Nagler gives S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco an overview of the company’s history and a look at its current lines of eyepieces and telescopes.
Senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks with Tim Puckett about the latest news and products from Apogee Imaging Systems in this product video from NEAF 2014.
Welcome to Sky & Telescope’s product videos. Over the past few years, former S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco has interviewed many manufacturers and vendors of astronomy equipment in an effort to bring their products to life in a way that you will find useful. We hope you enjoy them. Apogee Imaging Systems —...
Explore Scientific 621 Madison Street, Springdale, AR 72762 866-252-3811; www.explorescientific.com Explore Scientific unveils its new HR Coma Corrector ($299.99) for visual and photographic use. This 2-inch unit inserts into your Newtonian telescope’s focuser in front of the eyepiece or camera, correcting distorted stars near the edge of the field due to coma and field...
Texas Nautical Repair 1925A Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77098 713-529-3551; www.takahashiamerica.com Takahashi has updated and reintroduced its smallest Epsilon series telescope, the ε-130D Hyperbolic Astrograph ($2,995). This 5-inch f/3.3 optical system features a hyperbolic primary mirror mated with a digital corrector to record pinpoint stars across a large 44-mm image circle. With a newly...
Celestron 2835 Columbia St., Torrance, CA 90503 310-328-956 ; www.celestron.com Celestron introduced its new COSMOS Series of binoculars, microscopes, and telescopes at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Of particular note is the COSMOS 90GT WiFi Telescope ($399.95, pictured at left), a Go To refractor completely controlled using the free COSMOS Celestron...
Here's a quick guide to the essential features that you should look for when buying your first telescope.