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New electronic focusing system from Starlight Instruments
By John O'Neill 2/25/2016
Starlight Instrument’s New Posi Drive Motor System is a First Class Winner

Dew heaters from Kitchen appliances
By Malcolm Bird 1/8/2016
Don't throw out that old toaster!!

New custom foam for your astro gear!
By David Standen 4/12/2015
Has your eyepiece case seen better days? Has your pick-n-pluck been plucked one to many times?

Curing Uncle Rod’s Shakes
By Rod Mollise 11/25/2014
In some ways, today’s imported telescope tripods are surprisingly good. Particularly the ubiquitous Chinese 2-inch diameter steel legged jobs. Sadly, however, almost all have a weak link. Their spreaders are pitiful. Unckle Rod just might have found a cure for that...

The Astrogizmos Astrogazer
By Glen Ward 8/21/2012
Tips on using the AG as a permanent installation.

A "NEW" APPROACH FOR TESTING OPTICAL TRAINS - posted for Samuel de Roa
By Paul Walsh 5/5/2012
Trying to corner a long-term concern in the astro-amateur world through the “slanted edge” method

Celestrons C8 XLT vs Intes MK-67 vs Takahashi TSA-102 on Jupiter
By Ralph Aguirre 10/3/2011
A Fun Night with Three Popular Scopes Observing Jupiter

An image scale formula
By Gary Hooper 6/5/2011

Some thoughts refractors versus reflectors.
By daniel mounsey 8/11/2010
Among other things, a shootout between a Takahashi FS152 on a Temma EM200 and a Starmaster 14.5 Hybrid

More About Brandons
By Rick McDaniel 3/20/2010
Response to Robert Morein's Brandon Article

Comments on low cost, long focal length 2” widefield eyepieces
By David Russell 8/2/2009
The market offers many options for low cost wide fields eyepieces, but they don't deliver sharp performance in the outer 20 to 30% of the field. My thoughts and a proposed solution.

Ultra-Low-Cost Fine-Focus Gear-Reduction Drive
By Ron Masters 5/29/2009
A simple, $15 gear unit can give you a 3:1 focuser reduction drive that will work for any scope.

Meade 7” Maksutov, …Updated 5-18-09
By Steve Hollenbach 5/18/2009
You might get the impression I’ve become so obsessed with the Meade 7" MAK OTA, that I put too much into it. Yes, I’m really stuck on this one!

Meade 7 inch MAK revised
By Steve Hollenbach 12/19/2008
After more work done on Meade's "BIG MAK" I have revised the counterweight article.

Focal Reducer for Meade 7" MAK
By Steve Hollenbach 6/18/2008
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
By Steve Hollenbach 6/13/2008
Meade's big MAK has very few drawbacks. Let's get rid of them!

The Magic Bullet for the SCT
By Ronald Abraham 3/18/2008
Have you oiled your telescope today?

Can't afford a 4" APO?
By Gary Poliquin 12/17/2007
Yes, Tommy, there is a good 4" short focus achromat.

A Clean Chip Means Better Images.
By Luke Schmidt 5/16/2007
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
By Ralph Ford 2/23/2007
A perfect 16" mirror? If not, its pretty darn close!

Telescopes and Resolution
By Darren Drake 9/11/2006
How far away can your telescope resolve newspaper print?

Know Your Coaxial Connectors
By Michael Covington 12/28/2005
"The trouble with standards," someone said, "is that there are so many of them to choose from."

If you had just one eyepiece, what should it be?
By Michael Covington 12/28/2005
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?

Bifocals for Astronomers
By Michael Covington 11/25/2004
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
By Tom Hole 11/8/2004
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
By Darrell Lee 10/31/2004
It's the old story about the tortoise and the hare, replayed with computerized telescope controllers.

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