In recent years it seems that all the emphasis has been on 2-inch eyepieces and accessories, leaving the venerable 1¼-inch “standard” in the shadows of the amateur marketplace. But no longer. Astronomy Technologies, or Astro-Tech for short, has incorporated most of the latest features found on premium 2-inch diagonals in a classic 1¼-inch design ($69.95). A 46-layer, ion-deposited dielectric coating on the diagonal’s 1/10-wave mirror delivers 99% reflectivity, while the machined-aluminum housing with a brass compression-ring lock for the eyepiece adds to the solid construction. The diagonal’s nosepiece is threaded for standard 1¼-inch filters and accessories.
Contact: Astronomics, 680 SW 24th Ave., Norman, OK 73069; 800-422-7876; www.astronomics.com
High Point Scientific, 442 Route 206, Montague, NJ 07827; 800-266-9590; www.highpointscientific.com
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