Author Archives: Dennis Di Cicco

Under the Hood with PlaneWave Instruments

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of PlaneWave Instruments, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of advanced telescopes for imaging, research, and education. Our interview begins at the company’s headquarters in Rancho Dominguez, California, where President & CEO Richard Hedrick gives us a tour of the facilities and a detailed look at some of PlaneWave’s newest…

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.

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 the…

Southern Stars

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 in…

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.

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.

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 held…

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 Product…

supernova in M95

Supernova in M95

Professional and amateur astronomers recently spotted a new supernova in the spiral galaxy M95. But it took a few days to figure out what it actually was.

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.