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Wild Card 005 “Is There Any Other Way to Get Apo-Performance on an Achro-Budget?”

Posted by Rick Shaffer 07/18/2004 12:00AM

Wild Card 005 “Is There Any Other Way to Get Apo-Performance on an Achro-Budget?”

Anyone who can afford one has an apochromatic refractor. And almost no one who has one wants to get rid of an apo. But no everyone would pic an apo over getting junior those braces he needs. Telescope designer Rick Shaffer presents some alternatives.

Takahashi FS102 Fluorite Apochromat - I

Posted by mathieu chauveau 07/15/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

Takahashi FS102 Fluorite Apochromat - I

Are you ready to pay for something perfectly made?

Takahashi FS102 Fluorite Apochromat - II

Posted by mathieu chauveau 07/15/2004 12:00AM   (Reviews/Telescopes/Refractors)

Takahashi FS102 Fluorite Apochromat - II

Part Two: do perfect bodies look good in the dark?

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.

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

Collimation of Laser Collimators

Posted by Floyd Blue 07/08/2004 12:00AM

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>

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.

Wild Card 003.1 About the System(?) Strehl Ratio

Posted by Rick Shaffer 06/27/2004 12:00AM

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

AstroPro JMI Wheely Bar Stability Modification Project

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

Regreasing the Giro mount

Posted by Oldfield SO 06/18/2004 12:00AM

Regreasing the Giro mount

Your Giro becomes less smooth than before? Read on to see how to fix it.

Matching a CCD Camera to a Telescope

Posted by Jim Burnell 06/18/2004 12:00AM

Matching a CCD Camera to a Telescope

This article is the first installation in a series of articles about CCD imaging and setting up a CCD imaging system. During the course of the year I travel and speak on CCD imaging and people frequently ask about how to get started and how to choose the components of an imaging system. In this series of articles I will address the most common questions. This first article talks about pixel size.