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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Hawai’i Nights

See Hawai'i by starlight through the lens of premier astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo. His first book, Hawai‘i Nights, documents his island adventure.

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Thousand Year Canon of Eclipses: 1501 to 2500

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.

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NGC-MAX Positioning Kit

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...

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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...