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Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter
Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter.
£219.00
Stella allows you to wirelessly control your computerised telescope with your smart phone or tablet.
Opticstar XS 70° SWA
Opticstar XS 70° SWA Eyepieces.
£29.00
The Opticstar XS 70° SWA Eyepieces represent excellent value for money and high quality...
Cooled CCD
Opticstar DS-616C XL+
£899.00
The Opticstar DS-616C XL+ uses the Sony ICX413AQ, 6.1 mega pixel colour
CCD (1.8"). Complete with power supply unit and software...
Meade LPI-G Colour
Meade LPI-G colour
£180.00
The Meade LP-G Colour video camera for imaging and guiding.
Meade LX90 ACF 8" UHTC
Meade LX90 ACF 8" UHTC.
£1680.00
The Meade LX90 ACF 8 UHTC is a 8" advanced catadioptric with a computerised fork mount.
Ascension 80ED Triplet
Ascension 80ED Triplet
£675.00
The Ascension 80ED Triplet APO from the premium range of telescopes...
Meade ETX125 Observer
Meade ETX125 Observer
£645.00
The popular ETX125 Observer takes mobile astronomy to a new level...
Photo-Visual Focal Reducer
Opticstar 1.25" Focal Reducer.
£24.95
Opticstar 1.25" Photo Visual Focal Reducer doubles the telescope's field of view.
Meade LPI-G Monochrome
Meade LPI-G monochrome
£189.00
The Meade LP-G Monochrome video camera for imaging and guiding.
Opticstar PX-125C
Opticstar PX-125C
£---
The Opticstar PX-125C colour video camera for guiding and planetary imaging.
Ascension Accessories
Ascension UWA eyepieces.
£54.00
The Ascension 80° Ultra Wide Angle eyepieces feature quality fully-multicoated glass throughout...
Willmann Bell
Willmann Bell books.
Willmann Bell section last updated: 28th October 2018

Willmann Bell is the leading publisher of astronomical books, serving astronomers worldwide since 1973.

Telescope Design and Testing
Optical Testing. Optical Testing. This practical introduction is written for those working in optics with a practical introduction to optical testing methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures, and assist in the development of their professional careers.
£ 69.95 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
Telescope Optics. Telescope Optics. This book will both arouse your curiosity and answer your questions. Why are there so many different kinds of telescopes? What does each type have to offer? What makes one telescope better than another? Which are best? Why? What are the tradeoffs? As a telescope buyer, you will be better informed; as a telescope maker, you will be able to design custom optics.
£ 29.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.

Astrophotography and Photometry
Photoshop Astronomy. Photoshop Astronomy - 2nd editon. Among the myriad computer programs used by astrophotographers, none is as popular or versatile as Adobe Photoshop. However, to take full advantage of the program's capabilities requires vast amounts of time. If a shortcut exists for mastering the tools and techniques needed to properly massage an astrophoto, R. Scott Ireland's book Photoshop Astronomy is it.
£ 46.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
Intoduction to Digital Astrophotography. Introduction to Digital Astrophotography - 2nd edition. This book is a 400+ page comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts introduction to digital astro-imaging written by Robert Reeves, an accomplished author and film imager with nearly 50 years of experience who has enthusiastically made the transition to digital imaging. Robert describes how the family digital camera you probably already own can be used to take spectacular pictures of the night sky.
£ 40.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
Webcam Astrophotography. Webcam Astrophotography. In the last few years video astrophotography has exploded onto the astronomy scene. It has rapidly evolved from short exposure six-bit black-and-white imagery into long-exposure full-colour 16-bit per channel imagery of such quality that it rivals "conventional" means of astrophotography.
£ 40.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
Observing and Photographing the Solar System. Observing and Photographing the Solar System. Covers amateur observation and photography of the planets. Several hundred photographs and line drawings of exceptional quality compliment the clearly written text. Unlike deep-sky observing, meaningful observations can be made in your own backyard.
£ 29.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.

Handbooks for Astronomy
Solar Astronomy. Solar Astronomy Handbook. This book is not so much about the Sun, but about the opportunities for amateur astronomers to observe the Sun. This book was conceived and written by a group of German amateur observers. Each section was the responsibility of the amateur who had made that aspect of solar astronomy his specialty. The emphasis was on the practical and covers the kind of solar astronomy within the reach of most amateurs.
£ 35.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.

Charts and Guides
Messier Marathon Guide. The Year-Round Messier Marathon Field Guide. This "guide" is really much more than the title might suggest. It is part star atlas, part descriptive text, part telescope primer, and part strategy session, all held together with the infectious enthusiasm of its author. The whole first third of the book is chock full of practical information on telescopes and observing.
£ 29.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
Men, Monsters and the Modern Universe. Men, Monsters and the Modern Universe. A book of three parts: first, a complete old-time star atlas; second, a set of universal seasonal star finder charts and; finally, a modern star atlas with a catalog of selected objects suitable for naked eye or small telescope observing.
£ 29.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
Uranometria. Uranometria 2000. The stunning "Next Edition" of the world-famous Uranometria 2000.0. The most comprehensive stellar/deep sky atlas and data resource we have seen, the three volumes of Uranometria 2000.0 are so much more than a "Second Edition," they can only be considered the fulfillment of that process to which the first edition was but prologue. Years in development, this massive achievement affords astronomers, astrophotographers and CCD imagers.
£ 70.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
Uranometria 2000.0 Deep Sky Atlas. Uranometria 2000.0 Deep Sky Atlas. 220 double page charts that cover over 30,000 non-stellar objects, more than three times the number of any other atlas and 280,035 stars. Stars are continuously tapered to create a more realistic perspective.
£ 69.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
The Night Sky Observer's Guide. The Night Sky Observer's Guide. A subtitle to the three-volume Night Sky Observer’s Guide could have been Burnham's Celestial Handbook: The Next Generation... (it is) a bible of very deep-sky observing, taking objects constellation by constellation with full page charts and numerous smaller finder charts and drawings. Tables list variable and double stars, and a few individual stars are highlighted.
£ 40.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
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Opticstar News
New DS-616C XL+ Model
posted: 24th August 2017
Opticstar DS-616C XL+.
Star product, improved.

The new Opticstar DS-616C XL+ deep-sky CCD is the successor to the popular DS-616C XL that earned the annual star product award back in 2013. It maintains all the features of the original model as well as other improvements.


DS-616C XL is Astronomy Magazine's Star Product
posted: 12th September 2013
Opticstar DS-616C XL is Astronomy magazine's product of the year.
Star product.

The Opticstar DS-616C XL deep-sky CCD camera has earned the annual star product award from Astronomy, the world's best-selling astronomy magazine. Read about it in the September 2013 issue.

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A&M 152mm f/8 Review
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updated: 25th March 2009
A&M 152mm f/8 TMB.
Read the latest review about the A&M 152mm f/8 A&M/TMB on Cloudy Nights. According to the review this telescope combines the "beauty of a Ferrari" with "fantastic performance". The review also states that "the manufacturer's claims are valid".
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