So, let’s say you bought your first scope for around $150 to $300 – maybe it’s the Astronomers Without Borders One Sky scope, or one of its clones, like the Meade Lightbridge 130. Perhaps you’ve bought a refractor, like the Meade Infinity 102. Or, it could be that you bought something like the Celestron Astromaster […]Read More July 27, 2018: Goto Telescopes / Mounts
Happy Royal Wedding Day! (If you care about such things. Otherwise, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, wah wah wah.) A recent post on one of the Facebook astronomy pages got me to wondering about who does what when it comes to customer service in the astronomy biz. Particularly, what are the heavy hitters doing – Celestron, Meade, Skywatcher, Orion, […]Read More May 19, 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Astro Customer Service
Well, I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally bought my long sought after Celestron 9.25-inch optical tube assembly (OTA). I had been very patient, waiting and waiting for a used one to come up for sale at a reasonable price with the newer Starbright XLT coatings, as they have about 10-15% greater light transmission than the […]Read More January 8, 2018: The C9.25 Of My Dreams Is Here! And the Trapezium Falls to its Might!
As many of my 9 loyal readers know, my main scope is a Celestron NexStar 127SLT – a five-inch Mak. I’ve previously described the SLT mount as being “not the best”, to be polite. It’s not a POS either, not even close to being a bad, awful, or poor mount, but it definitely leaves something […]Read More December 29, 2017: Celestron Customer Service Comes Through!
I have pretty much made up my mind as to what I’m going to do in terms of my jump up in aperture. Well, to be more grammatically correct, I had pretty much made up my mind. As I discussed in this blog post a couple of months ago, I was basically looking at using […]Read More May 15, 2017: Celestron or Meade? PC or Mac?
Continuing with my review of the ch-ch-changes (we’ll miss you, Starman!) I’ve experienced in astronomy over the past 35 years, we move on to the telescope and eyepiece revolutions. As far as we knew, the largest “portable” telescopes back then were the C14s, the orange tube SCTs. Oh, there were ads in Sky & […]Read More January 26, 2016: 35-Year-End Review, Part 2 – Scopes and Eyepieces
Well, after a six-month hiatus, I thought it would be a good idea to let all six of my readers know that I didn’t fall into a ditch and that my telescope didn’t melt or shatter. You know how you’re typing in a nice long entry on a computer, and all of a sudden something […]Read More November 29, 2015: . . . And we’re back! Warranty woes, Starhopping, and Binoviewers