Meade Instruments:  
 » LX90 SCT & ACF Series. 
 » LX200 ACF Series. 
 » LXD75 ACF Series. 
 » ETX Computerised Telescopes. 
 » Lightbridge Dobsonian Telescopes. 
 » Premium Refractor Telescopes. Coronado Solar Telescopes: 
 » Personal Solar Telescopes. 
 » SolarMax II Telescopes. Opticstar sections: 
 » Cooled, long exposure cameras, 6.1MP CCD, USB 2.0. 
 » Video cameras for planetary use up to 1.3MP, USB 2.0. 
 » Imaging accessories. 
 » Auto-Guiding systems, complete solutions. Ascension telescopes and accessories: 
 » Apochromat ED Triplet Refractors 
 » Achromat Doublet Refractors  
 » Eyepieces including zoom eyepieces. 
 » Guiding eyepieces. 
 » Extension tubes. 
 » Flip mirrors. 
 » Imaging filters. 
 » Barlow lenses. 
 » Binoviewers. 
 » Red dot finders. 
 » Eyepiece projection kits. 
 » Mirror and prism diagonals. Starlight Xpress: 
 » Cooled CCD Cameras. 
 » Guide Cameras. 
 » Filter Wheels. Farpoint Astro: 
 » Dovetail systems and mount accessories. 
 » Focus masks. 
 » Binocular mountings. Willmann Bell books. Shoestring Astronomy sections: 
 » Autoguiding connectivity kits and interfaces. 
 » Shutter control units for DSLR cameras. 
 » Focus motor controllers.
John Haunton Astroimaging Tutorials
section updated: 23rd March 2012

Step-by-Step Astroimaging
Within a short period of time, John Haunton's progress has been most impressive. Starting with just a casual interest in astronomy he has produced some excellent astro-images. This section includes John's articles describing his progress and includes a wealth of useful tips for other amateur astronomers starting in this fascinating hobby.
John Haunton Astroimaging Tutorials
Step-by-step Astroimaging
John's Background
Part 1: Foundations
Part 2: Coming soon...
Gallery 1: DS-335C ICE
Gallery 2: DS-145M ICE

John's Background
I, like many others I suspect, was originally inspired by the Apollo program to become interested in space and thus astronomy. I pestered my parents at a tender age to by me Patrick Moore's Atlas of the Universe (Hardcover 10s 6d!) one Christmas and a small (I guess 2") wobbly Dixons refractor followed on my next birthday.

Others will tell you fond tales of discovering the night sky with such an instrument but as I recall it I was not able to make any use of the scope other than to look at the moon and the shaky views of that quite quickly lost appeal to an 8 year old.
John Haunton.
My interest in astronomy was not completely dulled though and I read books and followed all the NASA missions however over time other interests and distractions took me away from the subject (except for the odd Horizon documentary) for nearly 40 years.

So now I am the father and a couple of years ago my wife suggested (like many other I suspect) that it might be fun for me to have a telescope as a fathers day gift, sure, why not I said but not for me really, mostly it would be fun to have a little scope to share with my daughter, I'll have a look into it. Well I did that and we ended up choosing a Meade ETX90 mostly for the goto capability as I was pretty sure a manual scope would be as frustrating for my daughter as it had been for me.

Well I was blown away. I had absolutely no idea what you could see through such a scope, M42, Eta Carina (I had moved to Australia somewhere in between scopes!) Omega Centurai, Jupiter, Saturn....I was amazed, less so my wife and daughter but what a revelation. I bought a few astro magazines and was even more amazed by the images people were creating with backyard scopes. I wanted to share my enthusiasm with friends and family so pretty quickly my thoughts turned to taking pictures myself...I searched the web to see what could be done with an ETX, joined an astronomy forum (Ice In Space), bought a Meade LPI and started up the endless learning curve that is Astrophotography.

I do not have an observatory so my equipment all has to be portable, at least in so far as I can carry it out to the patio. These days I like to image DSOs mostly and use my 127mm APO plus either an Opticstar DS-145M ICE CCD or Canon 20d mounted on a Vixen SXW guided via a WO 66 SD and QHY5 camera with Guidemaster.

I still like to keep it simple (and silent) sometimes - just put down a blanket and use mk1 eyeballs or a pair of binos to cruise the night sky.

All material on this page is the copyright of John Haunton.
Product Search

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.

Online Shopping
Credit & Debit Cards
updated: 22nd August 2017
Online shopping.
We accept all the credit and debit cards shown above. Online payments are cleared by Barclays. Online payment integration by Worldpay. Please read our
Terms & Conditions

Willmann Bell
Books for Astronomy
updated: 28th February 2019
Willman Bell books.
Acclaimed books from Willmann Bell...
Opticstar News
Imaging Brochure
updated: 10th February 2014
Opticstar brochure.
Download the Opticstar imaging catalogue here.
CCD Temperature And Dark Current Correction
Dark current.
An important step in CCD image calibration is the...
A&M 152mm f/8 Review
"Fantastic Performance" "Beauty of a Ferrari"
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".
We want to hear your comments.
© Opticstar Ltd 2019