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Telescope camera adapters: attach your digicam to your telescope!

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

I have been an amateur astronomer for the longest time but astrophotography has always eluded me.  I never had the proper equipment and getting a dedicated CCD camera for the purpose of photographing the sun, moon and planets is prohibitively expensive.  A while back, a company called Scopetronix made custom milled adapters that connected pointRead More…


Have a starry, starry night indoors with the Starry Light

on Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

These beautiful Starry Light lamps from Anagraphic look like a traditional half-sphere pendant lamp at first blush.  Closer inspection reveals tiny holes drilled in the powder-coated aluminum shade; when the LED light source is on, pinpoints of light are projected onto your walls.  (The lamp is designed so that light is directed downwards as well.)Read More…


Wirelessly control your Celestron Telescope with the SkyQ Link WiFi Adapter

By: Paul Grunwald
on Thursday, February 21st, 2013

New for 2013 is the SkyQ Link WiFi Adapter from Celestron, which allows wireless control of most Celestron motorized telescope mounts that use the hand control computer. There is an IOS interface with telescope alignment mode and a planetarium interface that immediately aims at any celestial object you tap from the SkyView screen. SkyTour generates theRead More…


Free in iBooks: Hubble Space Telescope Discovery eBook

on Friday, December 28th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

If you have any interest in astronomy – backyard hobbist or more serious scientist – you need to download this free eBook to your iBooks app on your iPad.  (Requires an iPad using iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later.)  This is a huge book, almost 1GB, that’s chock full of informative text,Read More…

Asteroid 2005 YU55

Look up in the sky – It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s an Asteroid

By: Brett Cooper
on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Yesterday, a large asteroid passed the Earth within the moon’s orbit.  Asteroid 2005 YU55, roughly the size of a large jumbo jet, safely passed the Earth on its journey through space.  The last time an asteroid of this sized passed the Earth was in 1976.  According to NASA, the asteroid passed at some 201,700 milesRead More…


Explore the Solar System with NASA

on Sunday, September 11th, 2011
Posted in: News

Man has been exploring space since the dawn of time.  First by seeing pictures in the stars and making up stories of gods, then by using optics and physics to understand that Earth is not the center of the universe, and finally by venturing into space with manned and unmanned crafts.  A wealth of informationRead More…


Tonight is a Total Lunar Eclipse – SkySafari iOS App Makes Sure you won’t Miss it

on Monday, December 20th, 2010

Tonight the winter solstice and total lunar eclipse will overlap for the first time in 458 years. To help make sure that you don’t miss this once in a lifetime event, MIT grad whiz kid Tim DeBenedictis is offering the award-winning SkySafari Lite app for free. SkySafari is an easy-to-use planetarium app that helps youRead More…


Control the Seasons With the Starlight Starscope

on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

This Starlight Starscope from Levenger looks like a regular flashlight, until you turn it on.  The Starscope projects stars and constellations onto a wall or ceiling.  You can select a view of the northern, eastern, southern, or western sky.  Rotate the neck of the Starscope and the star patterns change to show how that portionRead More…


Tellarium Clock – A Solar System for Your Desk

on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Posted in: News, Watches, Clocks

Here’s another entry in my series of expensive, astronomy-related clocks.  The Tellarium clock from Edmund’s Scientifics is made of cherrywood and brass.  It has an 8-day wound movement and Westminster chime.  Under the glass dome on top, a gear-driven earth orbits around the sun, taking a full year to complete the trip.  A polished brass diskRead More…

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Starmap Pro app for iPhone

on Saturday, February 6th, 2010

At $18.99, Starmap Pro is much more expensive than most iPhone apps, but amateur astonomers of all levels will find it very useful.   There is data for 2.5 million stars, multiple star catalogs, multiple deep sky objects catalogs, and data for the solar system.  The “tonight” view shows an ordered list for objects that areRead More…


Planisphere Watch

on Thursday, January 28th, 2010
Posted in: News, Watches, Clocks

We recently told you about the Astrodea astronomy watch.  ThinkGeek offers another astronomy watch at a lower price-point.  Enter the date and time on the planisphere dial to see a display of the night sky.  The celestial display is accurate for 35-50 North latitudes.  The watch has a brass face and a rubber and stainless steel band.  The faceRead More…


A Watch for Astronomers

on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
Posted in: News, Watches, Clocks

At least it’s a watch for the amateur astronomers!  ThinkGeek offers the Astrodea Celestial watch for about $600. It’s pricey, but the face revolves to show a real-time display of the position of stars and the sun.  The watch displays 1109 stars (brighter than +4.8 magnitude) and 169 galaxies.  Sorry, but it’s only accurate if you are nearRead More…