Frustrated with the high cost of a proprietary Go To, the author developed a free, open source, DIY option, rDUINOScope Boiana.
The OPT Triad Tri-band narrowband filter is designed to pass wavelengths centered at 493 and 656.3 nanometers and is available in 1¼-inch and 2-inch formatted cells for $375 and $775 USD, respectively.
RSpec now offers a unique poster of the Periodic Table of the Elements. The Periodic Table of Spectra poster ($6.95) measures 36 by 24 inches and displays the emission spectra of every known element seen in the universe.
QHYCCD rolls out a new model in its COLDMOS camera series, the QHY128C ($3,499) 14-bit, full-frame CMOS camera for deep-sky astrophotography.
Rozendaal Astrolabes now offers a series of wood astrolabes (starting at $80). These fully functional, attractively handcrafted instruments are 15 centimeters (6 inches) in diameter.
SBIG announces the Aluma Series of cooled imaging cameras (starting at $3,699). They have been engineered with new sensors on the central axis of the unit.
Waterford Press produces The Night Sky ($7.95), a laminated, folding pocket sky guide featuring seasonal glow-in-the-dark star charts.
PlaneWave Instruments introduces the L-500 Direct Drive Mount ($18,000). This single-arm fork mount can operate in equatorial or alt-azimuth configurations, and is rated to support up to 200 pounds of equipment
German manufacturer Knaeble Optical Systems announces the RCM 360 FC/Ti astrograph (starting at $25,000).
Looking for light reading to help introduce a beginner to astronomy? 101 Amazing Sights of the Night Sky by George Moromisato might be your answer.
Sky-Watcher unveiled its Stargate Truss-Tube Dobsonian Telescopes at NEAF. These large 18- and 20-inch f/4 reflectors start at $5,999.
If you enjoyed the solar eclipse and want to photograph the next one in 2019, the Solar Eclipse Timer ($1.99) will help you plan and practice your photo sequence.
Napier introduces the Backroadz Truck Tent ($189.99). The truck-bed tent is designed to fit within the cargo area of your pickup truck to provide a clean, dry camping area that sets up on short notice.
Lunático Astronomía now offers the Dragonfly, a remote observatory control box (450 € — about $530) that works in conjunction with a smartphone app.
New from Astrometric Instruments comes the PrimeTCS-i telescope controller for equatorial or alt-azimuth telescopes (starting at $3,495).
Nikon introduces the WX series of super-wide-angle binoculars. The 10×50 IF ($6,399.95) features a proprietary field-flattener lens system.
iOptron unveils the SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Package ($498), a complete, ultra-portable mount for wide-field astrophotograpy.
iNova announces a new series of modular CCD cameras to enable virtually any type of astronomical imaging, the Smart Imaging System (starting at $629 for the SIS224C).
Astronomik now produces clip-in filters for Canon EOS M-series mirrorless cameras. Prices start at €139 (about $175) for a CLS Clip-Filter.
In astrophotographer Warren Keller's new book, Inside PixInsight (softcover $34.99, ebook $24.99), he details how to use PixInsight to produce astrophotos from the reader's own data.
Meade Instruments introduces a new planetary video camera. The LPI-G camera ($219.95) features the AR 130 CMOS detector and can record 28 frames per second at full resolution.
Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor Alan Dyer announces How to Photograph the Solar Eclipse ebook ($9.99). Available as PDF file and iBook from the Apple iBooks Store.
Due to alarming reports of potentially unsafe eclipse viewers as eclipse day approaches, the American Astronomical Society has revised its safety advice.
Sky & Telescope releases Pluto globe ($24.99). The 6-inch globe, assembled from over 125 images acquired by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, includes sixty labeled features, a freestanding base, and a 4-by-6-inch information card.
Orion Telescopes & Binoculars now offers a 6" f/4 Newtonian Astrograph Reflector Telescope ($399.99). Weighing in at 12.7 pounds, it includes tube rings, mounting plate, and finderscope.