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!
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?
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 […]Read More January 1, 2016: Year-end review, Part 2 – eyepieces, filters, and binoviewers, oh my!
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 […]Read More March 19, 2015 – The Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter and the Crabby Astronomer
I bought the Orion Ultrablock light-pollution reduction filter and received it recently. It is a tiny little thing, but that shouldn’t have surprised me, because my Orion variable density moon filter is also very small. There are four main types of filters that are available to the amateur astronomer. What they do is to selectively remove […]Read More February 26, 2015 – The Ultrablock Filter