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Focal Reducer for Meade 7" MAK

Posted by Steve Hollenbach 06/18/2008 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

Here's the third article of the three I had planned. Increasing the True Field Of View of the Meade 7" Maksutov.

Making the most of the Meade 7" MAK

Posted by Steve Hollenbach 06/13/2008 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

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   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

Have you oiled your telescope today?

Monochromatic VS OneShotColor CCD

Posted by dietmar hager 03/09/2008 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

Monochromatic VS OneShotColor CCD

do these CCD necessarily have to be competitors?

Can't afford a 4" APO?

Posted by Gary Poliquin 12/17/2007 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

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

SKY-MAP.ORG - How Our Vision was Born

Posted by Konstantin Lysenko 11/29/2007 09:12AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

I have never suffered from a lack of imagination. As a child, I spent many hours dreaming of stories written by Ray Bradbury. I carried books by Clifford Simak and Robert Sheckley to school instead of textbooks. I swore to my parents that I had witnessed first hand the stories described by Isaac Asimov. I considered Stanislav Lem a close relative because my great-grandmother was also from Poland...

To Survive in the Universe

Posted by Konstantin Lysenko 11/29/2007 09:09AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

"I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet."[1] The SKY-MAP.ORG authors completely share these concerns of Stephen Hawking. The only words we could add are that the greatest threat to the human race is the human race itself.

Raging Wind: A 20" Obsession Survial Story

Posted by Paul Roy 08/19/2007 12:00AM   (Articles/Other)

My scope appeared to be a Pulsar in the raging wind, spinning violently and briefly reflecting back the beam of my flashlight from it's primary mirror.

A Clean Chip Means Better Images.

Posted by Luke Schmidt 05/16/2007 09:55PM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

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.

Springtime Observing with Celestron's C14

Posted by Ralph Aguirre 03/19/2007 12:00AM   (Articles/Observing)

Springtime Observing with Celestron's C14

Breaking in the 2007 Observing Season with a Great Night of Deep Space Observing.

Lightholder 16" F/4.6

Posted by Ralph Ford 02/23/2007 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

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

An amateur astronomer's experience at Camp Eberhart

Posted by Darren Drake 12/27/2006 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

An amateur astronomer's experience at Camp Eberhart

Imagine having the chance to spend a whole summer showing kids the universe through your own scope and getting paid for it.....

The TOA-130 Reveals "the Pup"

Posted by Ralph Aguirre 12/03/2006 12:00AM   (Articles/Other)

The TOA-130 Reveals "the Pup"

The Sacramento Valleys Active Astronomers bag another great object

Irrationality as a virtue

Posted by Justin Dildine 10/15/2006 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Philosophical)

A recent outing with my telescope has me pondering human behaviour