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Meade StarNavigator 90
Meade StarNavigator 90
£215.00
Meade StarNavigator 90 with DS2000 Generation II mount and Autostar computerized handset.
Opticstar AZ80 GOTO
Opticstar AZ80 GOTO.
£199.00
The Opticstar AZ80 GOTO is one of the easiest to use entry level computerized telescopes...
Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter
Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter.
£239.00
Stella allows you to wirelessly control your computerised telescope with your smart phone or tablet.
Red/Green Dot Finder
Opticstar Red/Green Dot Finder.
£24.95
The Opticstar Red/Green Dot Finder is a superior quality two colour, variable brightness...
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
£229.00
The Meade LP-G Colour video camera for imaging and guiding.
Meade LX200 ACF 10" UHTC
Meade LX200 ACF 10" UHTC.
£4350.00
The Meade LX200 ACF 10 UHTC is a 10" 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
£699.00
The popular ETX125 Observer takes mobile astronomy to a new level...
Low Profile 1.25" Nosepiece
Opticstar 1.25" Low Profile nosepiece.
£19.95
The Opticstar Low Profile C/CS to 1.25" allows cameras to be attached to standard 1.25" eyepiece holders.
Meade LPI-G Monochrome
Meade LPI-G monochrome
£209.00
The Meade LP-G Monochrome video camera for imaging and guiding.
Sky-Watcher NEQ6 PRO
Sky-Watcher EQ6 PRO mount.
£999.00
NEQ6 PRO (EQ6 PRO) is the extra heavy duty, computerised mount from Sky-Watcher with a load capacity of 25kg.
Opticstar PX-125C
Opticstar PX-125C
£129.00
The Opticstar PX-125C colour video camera for guiding and planetary imaging.
Ascension Laser Sight
Ascension Laser Sight.
£19.95
The Ascension Laser Sight incorporates a 5mW Green Laser and mounting bracket.
Astronomy News
Heaviest Stars Are Twins
posted: 29th May 2004
Astronomers with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have found the heaviest star ever seen - 80 times the mass of our Sun - and it's got a twin. Located 20,000 light-years from Earth, the two massive stars in WR 20a go around each other every 3.7 days. These two stars are just 2 to 3 million years old, and highly unstable. It'll only be a few more million years before they explode, one after the other as supernovas. WR 20a is part of the Westerlund 2 star cluster, which resides in a region of ionized hydrogen left over from the cluster's formation in the constellation Carina. WR 20a contains two hot, young Wolf-Rayet stars-a type of star that is extremely rare and short-lived.
The gigantic twin stars. [Credit:NASA]
Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is a joint collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory. CfA scientists, organized into six research divisions, study the origin, evolution and ultimate fate of the universe.

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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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Willmann Bell
Books for Astronomy
updated: 21st August 2017
Willman Bell books.
Acclaimed books from Willmann Bell...
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Imaging Brochure
updated: 10th February 2014
Opticstar brochure.
Download the Opticstar imaging catalogue here.
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Pixel Response Effects On CCD Gain Calibration
Pixel response.
The gain of a CCD camera is the conversion between...
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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".
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