Equipment: Buyer’s Guides & Recommendations

Dive deep enough into astronomy, and you’ll find yourself wondering which telescope to buy or what camera would be best for astrophotography. The editors of Sky & Telescope are here to help. Every month we showcase the newest products on the astronomy market, and several times a year, editors visit national conferences to chat with equipment manufacturers and vendors. We brings the products to life in our series of exclusive video interviews.

We’ve got a bevy of articles that tell you everything you need to know before you buy, whether you’re in the market for a new telescope, eyepiece, or binoculars. And get your hands dirty with our do-it-yourself section that shows you how to modify, care for, and improve your equipment.

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TheSky App

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...

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Product Videos

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 —...

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HR Coma Corrector

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...

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Takahashi Epsilon 130D Astrograph

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...

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Cosmos Telescopes

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...

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What to Know Before Buying a Telescope

Looking through a telescope introduces you to a whole new world of unexpected wonders. But telescopes come in a huge range of sizes and shapes. Here's a detailed, printable guide to the essential features that every good scope needs to have.

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PlaneWave Instruments at AIC 2013

Sky & Telescope senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks to Rick Hedrick and Allan Keller of PlaneWave Instruments about their new products and services. See additional videos from the 2013 Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Clara, California. Return to our Product Videos page.