Product Videos & Demonstrations

Welcome to Sky & Telescope’s product videos. For many years, 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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Explore Scientific at NEAF 2011

Scott Roberts gives S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco a whirlwind look at Explore Scientific’s newest products, including a 6-inch apo refractor, an upcoming 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, and a new line of refractors and Newtonian reflectors from Bresser. Tassilo Bohm also gives di Cicco a preview of a heavy-duty, high-precision German equatorial mount set...

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Finger Lakes Instrumentation at NEAF 2011

Jim Moronski of Finger Lakes Instrumentation gives S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco a detailed tour of FLI’s new Atlas Focuser and 10-position Centerline Filter Wheel along with an overview of the company's popular CCD cameras. Click here to see additional videos from the 2011 Northeast Astronomy Forum in Suffern, New York. Click here...

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SBIG at NEAF 2011

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks with Santa Barbara Instrument Group’s new company owner and CEO, Ron Bissinger, about his background as a long-time amateur astronomer and his involvement with exoplanet research as well as his future vision for the company. He also talks with Alan Holmes about SBIG’s current product line, including...

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RSpec at NEAF 2011

Tom Field, the man behind RSpec, talks with S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco about the growing number of amateur astronomers doing backyard spectroscopy with simple equipment, including webcams, video cameras, DSLRs, and astronomical CCD cameras. Field also demonstrates his RSpec program, which transforms the image of a spectrum (including real-time video images) into...

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Meade Instruments at NEAF 2010

Watch S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco and Meade Instruments's Greg Bragg discuss two revolutionary new telescopes: the fully automated LS-8 and the 20-inch Max Mount, Meade's largest. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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Celestron at AIC 2009

Jason Fournier discusses Celestron's new EdgeHD imaging telescopes and the CGE Pro mount. Click here to see additional videos from the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference in San Jose, California. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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Astro-Physics at AIC 2009

Astro-Physics' Roland Christen discusses his monumental el Capitan equatorial mount and a new 305-mm f/3.8 astrograph with a flat, 70-mm-wide imaging circle that's diffraction-limited to the edge. Click here to see additional videos from the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference in San Jose, California. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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DC3 Dreams at AIC 2009

Robert Denny of DC3 Dreams has developed software that can make your remote observatory fully autonomous. It can even receive notice of new discoveries like supernovae over the internet and start follow-up observations while you're asleep or at work! Click here to see additional videos from the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference in San Jose,...

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Ceravolo Optical Systems at AIC 2009

Peter Ceravolo discusses his high-performance 300-mm Cassegrain astrograph that runs interchangeably at f/4.9 and f/9. Click here to see additional videos from the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference in San Jose, California. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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PlaneWave Instruments at AIC 2009

Rick Hedrick discusses PlaneWave Instruments' line of Corrected Dall-Kirkham astrographs with apertures from 12.5 to 20 inches. Click here to see additional videos from the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference in San Jose, California. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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ASA Astrosysteme Austria at AIC 2009

Egon Döberl discusses ASA Astrosysteme Austria's line of fast Newtonian astrographs and ultrahigh-quality mounts. Click here to see additional videos from the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference in San Jose, California. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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Explore Scientific at NEAF 2009

Explore Scientific's Scott Roberts discusses Explore's refractor line, its meteorite sets, and the David H. Levy Comet Hunter 6" f/4.8 Maksutov-Newtonian. And watch Russ Tanton wash Explore's amazing new waterproof 14-mm 100° AFOV eyepiece with soap and water! Click here to see additional videos from the 2009 Northeast Astronomy Forum in Suffern, New York....

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iOptron at NEAF 2009

iOptron's John Hou discusses the MiniTower altazimuth Go To mount and three new telescopes: a 127-mm f/7 ED triplet refractor, a 108-mm ED doublet refractor, and a 6-inch f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain. And he shows a prototype for the forthcoming Supreme German equatorial mount. Click here to see additional videos from the 2009 Northeast Astronomy Forum...

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Celestron at NEAF 2009

Celestron's Victor Aniceto discusses the CGEM and CGE Pro German equatorial mounts and the exciting new $50 FirstScope 3-inch reflector. Click here to see additional videos from the 2009 Northeast Astronomy Forum in Suffern, New York. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.

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Apogee Instruments at NEAF 2009

Watch Apogee Instruments's Tim Puckett discuss the Alta U16M, U9000, and U8300 large-format CCD cameras with advanced cooling systems, and the latest AFW filter wheel. Click here to see additional videos from the 2009 Northeast Astronomy Forum in Suffern, New York. Click here to return to our Product Videos page.