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 » Filter Wheels. Farpoint Astro: 
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 » Binocular mountings. A&M Advanced Telescopes sections: 
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 » Ritchey Chretien catadioptrics. 
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 » Telescope accessories. 
 » Image gallery. 
 » Articles. MSB AstroArt software. Willmann Bell books. Apogee Instruments Inc: 
 » Ascent series up to 16MP cooled CCD, USB 2.0. 
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 » Filter Wheels and Accessories. Shoestring Astronomy sections: 
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Opticstar MG152
Opticstar MG152.
The Opticstar MG152 features acclaimed Maksutov optics and superior build quality.
Opticstar PX-35C
Opticstar PX-35C COOLAIR
The Opticstar PX-35C COOLAIR colour video camera for high quality planetary imaging.
1.25" x3 XL TeleXtender
Opticstar 1.25" x3 TeleXtender.
The Opticstar 1.25" x3 XL TeleXtender is a premium quality optical amplifier that excels...
Celestron CGEM 800 XLT.
The Celestron CGEM 800 XLT is the 8" SCT with the new CGEM fully computerised mount.
FREE: Planetary Video Camera.
Opticstar ED80S Gold
Opticstar ED80S Gold.
The Opticstar ED80S Gold with dual speed Crayford focuser and apochromatic fluorite doublet
FPL-53 objective. Durable all-metal construction...
Sky-Watcher NEQ6 PRO
Sky-Watcher EQ6 PRO mount.
NEQ6 PRO (EQ6 PRO) is the extra heavy duty, computerised mount from Sky-Watcher with a load capacity of 25kg.
FREE: Power Supply Unit.
Meade LT 8 ACF
Meade LT 8" ACF.
The Meade LT 8 ACF with Advanced Coma Free optics sets a new high performance standard for its price range.
FREE: Mains power supply.
Sky-Watcher EQ8 PRO
Sky-Watcher EQ8 PRO mount.
The EQ8 PRO is Sky-Watcher's observatory class equatorial GOTO mount with 50kg payload capacity.
FREE: Extension SynScan cable.
Skymax-180 PRO
Sky-Watcher Skymax-180 PRO (latest "Black Diamond" moldel)
The Skymax-180 PRO Black Diamond model) is the next generation of telescopes...
Ascension Accessories
Ascension Altazimuth Mount.
The Ascension Altazimuth Mount is best suited for carrying short telescopes and cameras...
Skyhawk-1145P SynScan
Sky-Watcher Skyhawk-1145P SynScan AZ GOTO
The Skyhawk-1145P SynScan AZ GOTO from Sky-Watcher is a complete computerized telescope.
Meade LX90 ACF 12" UHTC
Meade LX90 ACF 12" UHTC.
The Meade LX90 ACF 12 UHTC is a 12" advanced catadioptric with a computerised fork mount.
FREE: 1.3MP video camera.
AR80S Guidescope
Opticstar AR80S Gold Guidescope.
The Opticstar AR80S Gold Guidescope is an 80mm short refractor for auto-guiding.
Auto-Guider Kits
Shoestring auto-guiding kit
Elegant, low-cost Auto-Guider connectivity kits from Shoestring Astronomy.
Coronado PST
Coronado PST solar telescope.
The Coronado PST is the most popular Solar telescope on the market.
FREE: Omni eyepiece.
Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6GT
Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6GT mount.
AZ-EQ6 is Sky-Watcher's top of the range Alt-Azimuth & Equatorial GOTO mount.
FREE: Vibration Suppression Pads.
Premium Telescopes
Ascension ED Triplet APOs
updated: 31st March 2014
Ascension telescopes
Ascension 80ED Triplet model shown.
The Ascension premium apo-chromatic refractors were the first reasonably priced triplet ED telescopes widely available in the UK that use a high quality Japanese ED triplet (premium FCD1 ED). These first-class photo-visual instruments offer unequalled value for money and come in three different sizes (80mm F6, 102mm F7 and 127mm F7.5).

Guaranteed to perform at a Strehl Ratio of 0.90 or better. The High Precision models at a Strehl Ratio of 0.95 or better!
Planetary Video Cameras
Opticstar PX-137 COOLAIR Scientific Grade Cameras
updated: 31st December 2013
Opticstar PX-137 COOLAIR.
Image captured by Gary Palmer with the Opticstar PX-137 COOLAIR.
Opticstar is proud to announce the release of its new PX-137C COOLAIR (colour model) and PX-137M COOLAIR (monochrome model) scientific grade 1/3" sCMOS cameras. These 1.3 megapixel video cameras combine high frame rates with extremely high sensitivity, a wide dynamic range and unusually low noise outperforming more expensive CCD cameras...
Opticstar Picture of the Day
Please click on image for more details and full resolution image.
The Sun by Gary Palmer with the Opticstar DS-336C XL.
Opticstar Telescopes
Short Tube Refractors for Visual Observation and Imaging
updated: 31st December 2013
Opticstar ED and AR range.
Opticstar AR80S (f5) Gold - Dual Speed.
The Opticstar ED apo-chromatic and AR achromatric refractors are well suited for both astronomical and terrestrial observation. The ED models use Fluorite FPL-53 optics, rigid construction and low focal ratio of f/6.25 making them ideal for deep sky imaging. All models are well suited for use as guide scopes or as a travel scopes.
Cooled CCD Cameras
Opticstar DS-616C XL is Astronomy Magazine's
Star Product
updated: 18th February 2014
Opticstar DS-616C XL.
Opticstar DS-616C XL.
Not all large format CCD T.E.C. cooled cameras are created equal.
The Opticstar DS-616C XL has earned the annual star product award from Astronomy, the world's best-selling astronomy magazine. Read about it in the September 2013 issue.

The DS-616C XL 6 mega-pixel camera is in a class of its own with 50% higher sensitivity in real-world applications (100% max) than other cameras using the same Sony CCD due to its hardware gain and outstanding hardware noise suppression, both features implemented in the camera hardware...
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updated: 5th April 2014
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Opticstar News
DS-616C XL is Astronomy Magazine's Star Product
posted: 12th February 2014
Opticstar DS-616C XL is Astronomy magazine's product of the year.
DS-616C XL is 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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Sample Images
Opticstar PL-130M CoolAir
posted: 10th February 2009
Mosaic of the Moon at 2354x4010 pixels 
 captured by Herwig Sulzbacher.
An impressive 9.4 megapixel mosaic of the Moon by Herwig Sulzbacher with the Opticstar PL-130M.
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