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Vixen ED115S Refractor

Posted by Lawrence Carlino 03/21/2007 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

Vixen ED115S Refractor

A middleweight scope with a heavy punch

Remake a Aluminum C-11 into a Carbon Fiber beauty

Posted by Jerry Wise 03/16/2007 12:00AM

Remake a Aluminum C-11 into a Carbon Fiber beauty

In an hour or two an Aluminum bodied Celestron can become a Carbon Fiber beauty with all the benefits of CF (along with longer cool down).

Takahashi TSA-102S

Posted by Lawrence Carlino 03/01/2007 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

Takahashi TSA-102S

Taking it to the next level

Planet Hunter 80. Does it perform? You bet.

Posted by Dave Kiefner 02/20/2007 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

Looking for awesome views of the Moon and Planets with a quality 80mm scope at a great price, well read on...

Celestron Celestar 8 (basic)

Posted by Bernard Ferry 02/12/2007 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Cats)

Celestron Celestar 8 (basic)

The good, the bad and the good (again)

APO-Wars: The (Meade) Empire Strikes Back

Posted by Alec Hitchman 02/02/2007 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

APO-Wars:  The (Meade) Empire Strikes Back

Just over a year ago, Mighty Meade made an announcement: they were preparing to release a new, low cost, triplet apochromat design. A number of questions were immediately raised in forums and blogs across the web: Would Meade’s entry into the low-cost APO field rout the established players in the field? Are three pieces of air spaced glass in a mass-produced objective better than two? While few details were forthcoming from Meade (they were apparently busy trying to get the telescopes out the door), with the initial Series 5000 triplets finally shipping in early 2007, we could finally see if the Empire’s apochromat has what it takes to crush the Rebellion.

Ghost of the Argonaut

Posted by James Barnett 01/26/2007 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Cats)

Ghost of the Argonaut

How does Orion's new 150mm f/12 MCT measure up?

Testing the Zenithstar 110 triplet APO

Posted by fred hissink 01/22/2007 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

Testing the Zenithstar 110 triplet APO

The ZS 110 triplet APO has been in WO’s program for a while and after reading some reviews we decided to examine the Black Lady ourselves. Unfortunately, the Dutch weather is nothing to be proud of. So we waited and waited, until one evening…

The Coronado PST: Solar Revolution

Posted by Michael Aaron McNeely 01/13/2007 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Solar)

The Coronado PST: Solar Revolution

The Coronado PST provides access to the exciting world of h-alpha solar astronomy at a reasonable price.

What’s inside a Meade LX200 14” SCT

Posted by Jerry Wise 01/05/2007 12:00AM

What’s inside a Meade LX200 14” SCT

Most of us consider the inside of an expensive telescope sacred ground with factory only admission. I’ve been a little scared of opening one up but the perfect opportunity came along recently.

William Optics FLT110mm f7 TMB designed triplet and matching field flattener

Posted by dominique dierick 01/04/2007 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

William Optics FLT110mm f7 TMB designed triplet and matching field flattener

After nearly 16 years of owning and using apochromatic refractor telescope from Astro-Physics (128 Starfire, 105 Traveller, 130EDFS, 155EDFS), TMB (80mm, 105mm) and Takahashi (FS60-C, TOA130, FSQ106), I thought it was time to give a newbie on the market of APO refractors a try.

A Perfectly Diabolical Telescopic Combination: SkyWatcher Pro ED-80 and SkyWatcher EQ-6 Pro Mount

Posted by Max Corneau 01/02/2007 08:03PM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

A Perfectly Diabolical Telescopic Combination:  SkyWatcher Pro ED-80 and SkyWatcher EQ-6 Pro Mount

A seemingly ill matched OTA/mount combination turns out to be an absolute winner on all counts.

The Wal-Mart Wonderscope

Posted by david elosser 12/06/2006 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

The Wal-Mart Wonderscope

Can you really see anything through a $60 telescope?

The Stellarvue SV66 Sixty Second Super Scope

Posted by david elosser 11/30/2006 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

The Stellarvue SV66 Sixty Second Super Scope

Looking for the Jack of all trades in a telescope? Take a look at the SV66.