Product Videos & Demonstrations

Welcome to Sky & Telescope’s product videos. For many years, former S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco has interviewed multiple manufacturers and vendors of astronomy equipment in an effort to bring their products to life in a way that you will find useful.

We’ve interviewed companies including Meade, Celestron, and Apogee, to name a few. They’ll display and discuss their products, including binoculars, telescopes, eyepieces, mounts, cameras, lenses, and more. We’ve discussed unique products, such as fiber-glass observatories and waterproof eyepieces.

These videos display the growing number of amateur astronomers doing backyard photometry and spectroscopy with simple equipment. Often times interviewees tell stories about unique observing projects they’re involved in, including observing supernovae and launching cube satellites from the International Space Station.

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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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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.

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Southern Stars at NEAF 2013

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks to Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis about his plans to launch a cube satellite from the International Space Station later this year. He also discusses the company's new software for computer and mobile devices for tracking satellites. See additional videos from the 2013 Northeast Astronomy Forum held...

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Astro-Physics at NEAF 2013

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks to Astro-Physics technical support staff about the company's recently introduced 1100GTO German equatorial mount, absolute encoder option as shown on the 1600GTO, Right-Angle Polar Alignment Scope, 10x60 Vario Finder with Quick Release Guider Bracket and the Astro-Physics Command Center (APCC) software with Horizons. See additional videos from...

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Apogee Imaging Systems at AIC 2012

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco and Apogee Imaging Systems’ Wayne Brown talk about the company’s new Aspen CCD cameras, as well as recent improvements made to other cameras and filter wheels. Return to the Advanced Imaging Conference 2012 page. Return to our Product Videos page.

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Meade Instruments at NEAF 2012

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco and Chris Morrison discuss Meade’s LX80 and LX800 telescope lines as well as the brand new LX600 telescopes that combine the company’s latest optical and electronic innovations in classic fork-mounted instruments. See additional videos from the 2012 Northeast Astronomy Forum held in Suffern, New York. Return to our...

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iOptron at NEAF 2012

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco and iOptron’s CEO Hua Jiang talk about the company’s growing line of altazimuth and German equatorial telescope mounts, including the brand new, highly portable SmartEQ. See additional videos from the 2012 Northeast Astronomy Forum held in Suffern, New York. Return to our Product Videos page.

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Santa Barbara Instrument Group at NEAF 2012

Matt Thomas and S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco take a video tour of SBIG’s just-introduced STT and STXL cameras and filters wheels with state-of-the-art features. They also look at the company’s unique differential guiding system that is about to be introduced to the market. See additional videos from the 2012 Northeast Astronomy Forum...

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Meade Instruments at AIC 2011

Chris Morrison talks about Meade Instruments’ revolutionary new LX800 mount and redesigned ACF telescopes that automatically center targets and begin autoguiding when slewed to new objects. Click here to see additional videos from the 2011 Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Clara, California. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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DC3 Dreams at AIC 2011

Robert Denny of DC3 Dreams talks about his new software that brings automated scheduling to astronomical imaging. Click here to see additional videos from the 2011 Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Clara, California. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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ASA Astrosysteme Austria at AIC 2011

Egon Döberl and Wolfgang Promper of ASA Astrosysteme Austria discuss the company’s latest series of field flatteners and image correctors we well as the advanced features of its direct-drive equatorial telescope mounts. Click here to see additional videos from the 2011 Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Clara, California. Click here to return to our...

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PlaneWave Professional Services at AIC 2013

Sky & Telescope senior editor Dennis di Cicco interviews Allan Keller of PlaneWave Professional Services about the remote imaging services they provide. See additional videos from the 2013 Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Clara, California. Return to our Product Videos page.

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PlaneWave Instruments at AIC 2011

PlaneWave Instruments' CDK telescopes are among the most advanced designs currently made for serious deep-sky imaging as explained by Rick Hedrick. Click here to see additional videos from the 2011 Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Clara, California. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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Optec, Inc. at AIC 2011

Jeff Dickerman of Optec, Inc. highlights the latest astrophotography accessories from this venerable company. Click here to see additional videos from the 2011 Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Clara, California. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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Astro Haven at AIC 2011

David and Priscilla Brotherston of Astro Haven talk about the design, manufacture, features, and advantages of the company’s unique fiberglass observatories with clamshell domes. Click here to see additional videos from the 2011 Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Clara, California. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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Apogee Imaging Systems at NEAF 2011

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco and Tim Puckett of Apogee Imaging Systems talk about the brand new Ascent CCD camera. It features a compact design, high-speed downloads, and a wide range of available sensors. Click here to see additional videos from the 2011 Northeast Astronomy Forum in Suffern, New York. Click here to...