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Celestron’s NexStar 11 GPS

Posted by Dannon Vick 07/15/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Cats)

Celestron’s NexStar 11 GPS

Big aperture in a backseat size.

A review of three Laser Collimators.

Posted by Floyd Blue 07/11/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Accessories/Hardware)

A review of three Laser Collimators.

Are you undecided on whether you need a laser collimator? Can't make up your mind which one is best? Well here is my take on this subject.

Takahashi TOA 130 Versus STF 180 Mirage Deluxe

Posted by richard best 07/10/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

Takahashi TOA 130 Versus STF 180 Mirage Deluxe

Can the Takahashi TOA justify its huge price diffrence over the STF Mirage 180 deluxe

Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cloth

Posted by Paul Atkinson 07/09/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Accessories/Other)

Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cloth

Looking for a better way to clean your EP's? These are very Zeiss. Very Zeiss indeed!

Collimation of Laser Collimators

Posted by Floyd Blue 07/08/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes)

Collimation of Laser Collimators

Here is a project for an afternoon for those who want to take their collimation to another level. For those who dare to go where others fear to tread.

Orion Skyview Pro 8 EQ - A Beginner's Perspective

Posted by Jason Patterson 07/07/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Newts)

Orion Skyview Pro 8 EQ - A Beginner's Perspective

This is a narrative review of the Orion Skyview Pro 8 EQ from the beginner’s perspective. So often when telescope reviews are written, they are in a language that truly ‘amateur’ amateur astronomers can hardly hope to understand. The intent of this is to review this telescope in such a way as to allow a person who is purchasing his or her first real telescope to get a good idea of what they might be buying.

The Orion StarBlast: Silly Little Telescopes Need Love Too

Posted by Rod Mollise 07/07/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Newts)

The Orion StarBlast: Silly Little Telescopes Need Love Too

<i>How did this Silly Little Scope perform under the summer Milky Way? What’s the verdict, cutting-to-the-chase-wise?</i>

Orion’s LaserMate™ Deluxe Laser Collimator

Posted by Clayton Cramer 07/07/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Accessories/Hardware)

Orion’s LaserMate™ Deluxe Laser Collimator

Collimating your Newtonian lickety-split!

Celestron Power Tank

Posted by Darrell Fichtl 07/04/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Accessories/Hardware)

Celestron Power Tank

A hot shot for a low price...

Lunar and Other Adventures With An Orion ST80

Posted by Kevin Vaught 07/02/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

The little guy sometimes just doesn't get enough credit for being a viable precence on the "real" telescope scene. Well I set out to try and see if all those nasty things I had heard about that cute short little scope were true with a vigorus work out that had us both......

Review of the Orion by Vixen 102 Telescope OTA

Posted by Ed Moreno 06/30/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

Why are 4" achromatic refractors such wonderful telescopes, and what can you expect from an excellent one.

The Riddle of the Sphinx

Posted by Chuck Zdeb 06/29/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Mounts/Equatorial)

The Riddle of the Sphinx

You’ve seen the ads in the magazines or on the Web for Vixen’s latest mount, the Sphinx. It’s a Go-to mount with a hand controller that doubles as a computerized star chart. Is it a step forward or a gimmick? Does it work, and if so, how well? Click the link and see…

Wild Card 003.1 About the System(?) Strehl Ratio

Posted by Rick Shaffer 06/27/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes)

Wild Card 003.1 About the System(?) Strehl Ratio

Telescope designer Rick Shaffer sharpens up his pencil and points out how you can use the Strehl Ratio as a way of analyzing the perfomance of an entire optical system.

AstroPro JMI Wheely Bar Stability Modification Project

Posted by Paul Atkinson 06/23/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes)

AstroPro JMI Wheely Bar Stability Modification Project

If You Use Wheely Bars...You'll Love This Simple Modification!