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Making the most of the Meade 7" MAK

Posted by Steve Hollenbach 06/13/2008 12:00AM

Making the most of the Meade 7" MAK

Meade's big MAK has very few drawbacks. Let's get rid of them!

The Magic Bullet for the SCT

Posted by Ronald Abraham 03/18/2008 12:00AM

Have you oiled your telescope today?

Can't afford a 4" APO?

Posted by Gary Poliquin 12/17/2007 12:00AM

Yes, Tommy, there is a good 4" short focus achromat.

A Clean Chip Means Better Images.

Posted by Luke Schmidt 05/16/2007 09:55PM

A Clean Chip Means Better Images.

A few specs of dust on your CCD chip can easily be removed with a flat field, but what happens when the dust grains out number the stars? Cleaning your imaging chip doesn't have to be an ordeal with PecPads and Eclipse Cleaning solution.

Lightholder 16" F/4.6

Posted by Ralph Ford 02/23/2007 12:00AM

A perfect 16" mirror? If not, its pretty darn close!

Telescopes and Resolution

Posted by Darren Drake 09/11/2006 12:00AM

Telescopes and Resolution

How far away can your telescope resolve newspaper print?

If you had just one eyepiece, what should it be?

Posted by Michael Covington 12/28/2005 12:00AM

If you had just one eyepiece, what should it be?

Any serious observer normally has at least half a dozen telescope eyepieces. But if you had to limit yourself to just one eyepiece, what should it be?

Know Your Coaxial Connectors

Posted by Michael Covington 12/28/2005 12:00AM

Know Your Coaxial Connectors

"The trouble with standards," someone said, "is that there are so many of them to choose from."

Bifocals for Astronomers

Posted by Michael Covington 11/25/2004 12:00AM

Bifocals for Astronomers

The Author of "How to Use a Computerized Telescope" proposes a solution for "Old Eyes"

A story about a Starmaster EL 11" f/ 5.4 with Zambuto Optics

Posted by Tom Hole 11/08/2004 12:00AM

A story about a Starmaster EL 11" f/ 5.4 with Zambuto Optics

A heartwarming story about me, my Starmaster, an evil magnet, Carl Zambuto and why I am a lifetime ZOC owner.

Push-to v. go-to

Posted by Darrell Lee 10/31/2004 12:00AM

It's the old story about the tortoise and the hare, replayed with computerized telescope controllers.