January 1, 2016: Year-end review, Part 2 – eyepieces, filters, and binoviewers, oh my!

Happy New Year!  This half of the review gets into all those less “necessary” purchases I’ve made over after buying my two telescopes; but they sure seemed necessary at the time.  My spending barrage continued as I wanted to see what all the fuss was about both TeleVue EPs and ultra-wide field EPs, too.  The […]

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March 19, 2015 – The Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter and the Crabby Astronomer

The same day as the Levenhuk/Baader solar filter arrived, another filter arrived, too:  The Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter.  Suh-weet!  So, between the sun and the night sky, it was really a very full and enjoyable day and night of observing. The M&SG is, in one sense, a weaker version of the Orion Ultrablock filter […]

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December 14, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, Part 3A – 8mm TeleVue Plossl vs. 9.7mm Meade 4000 SuperPlossl, Bahtinov mask, Lord mask, diagonals

As promised, I can finally give you the lowdown on how good the TeleVue Plossl is. It ain’t worth it. I observed Jupiter tonight, for almost a solid hour, with a couple of breaks for the Geminid meteor shower.  (I only saw one, out of the corner of my eye.)  I switched back and forth […]

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