Many beginners interested in getting their first scope will often ask about getting one for about $100 to $150 or so. Buying a scope in this price range is a mistake. A big mistake. Scopes in this price range are so bad that they can frustrate you right out of the hobby. To explain why, […]Read More March 3, 2019: Why You Should Stay Far, FAR Away From That $100 to $150 Telescope
Let’s talk about all the good things, and the bad things, that may be. Let’s talk about eyepieces! More to the point, let’s talk about expensive eyepieces, also referred to as premium eyepieces. Obviously, as a preliminary matter, when you’re selecting a new eyepiece, one of the first considerations should be how it fits in […]Read More February 12, 2017: Let’s Talk About Eyepieces, Baby
Inspired directly by Matt Wedel and his exact same post (hey, I never claimed to be clever or original), and inspired indirectly by a “show-and-tell” of my case I did recently for a brand new DAS member, I thought I’d do a “mini-review” of my non-scope astronomy equipment. Okay, I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’m […]Read More January 17, 2017: What’s in Your Eyepiece Case?
I ordered a 24mm 68 from High Point Scientific on April 30 – the last day of the $99 NEAF sale, a very nice one-third savings off of the normal $149 price. I had a $100 Visa gift card that was just sitting around, burning a hole in my pocket, and I’ve heard very good things […]Read More December 15, 2016: The 24mm Explore Scientific 68-Degree Eyepiece
As some of you may know, winter weather here in New York completely blows in terms of observing. In other words, clear nights are very few and far between, and can be counted on both hands for at least a four-month stretch between November and February. And on some of those nights you just don’t […]Read More March 13, 2016: The 23mm Vite Aspheric, Part II – Pretty, pretty, pretty good!
After reading some very positive reviews about them in this Cloudy Nights thread, I decided to buy some super-duper-cheap eyepieces, for no other reason than to satisfy my curiosity about them. Well, and because I’m super-duper-cheap, too. These are the Vite aspheric 62-degree EPs, which cost just NINE BUCKS each. (These are also sold under the […]Read More February 21, 2016: A Nine Dollar Eyepiece? The 23mm Vite Aspheric Eyepiece
The Mak comes with what’s called a red-dot finder. This is a small – and inexpensive – device that projects a small red dot onto a clear flat surface through which you can see the sky behind it. You use the RDF to align what you see in the sky with what’s seen in the […]Read More December 6, 2014: Upgrading the Mak, Part 2 – finderscope, high-powered eyepieces