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Telescope Mounts. Having a telescope is only the beginning step to setting yourself up for astronomical success. Every bit as important as the optics is the correct telescope mount to hold them. A telescope mount can be designed for everything from a large aperture telescope to binoculars, or even an SLR camera. Its purpose is to provide a stable platform for viewing or imaging, and to provide the ability to track objects in the night sky, compensating for the Earth’s rotation. A telescope mount can be as simple as a set of side bearings and gears or as sophisticated as computer controlled motorized design. It attaches to the optics via a specialized plate which matches a variety of holding devices, such as telescope tube rings or a camera adapter. In turn, the telescope mount connects to an optional (or included) tripod or pier. Perhaps the greatest innovation in the astronomy industry was the advent of the computer-robotic mount, commonly referred to as a “GO-TO” mount.

Takahashi Telescopes. Telescope Eyepiece. Telescope eyepieces are the most important accessory for any visual telescope setup because they determine the magnifying power at which you're viewing. Change the eyepiece and you can bring an object closer or widen the field of view to observe a larger swath of sky. Telescope eyepieces are available in a wide variety of designs, sizes, and prices, and these options can be confusing for beginners, as well as for more seasoned amateur astronomers. However, learning a bit about telescope eyepieces will allow you to choose the right design and focal length (part of what determines the magnification) for your particular telescope and observing habits to help you get the most out of your telescope. Let's start with the fundamentals. To make any telescope eyepiece work, it must first fit the focuser.

No matter what size telescope focuser you may have, there are adapters available to make any eyepiece work with your focuser and eyepiece. Apparent field of view (AFOV) is next. Used Telescopes. Telescope Camera. CCD Imaging is the fastest growing segment in the hobby of amateur astronomy today. Most amateur astronomers have at least dabbled with imaging in one way or another. A large percentage of observers love it so much that imaging has all but replaced visual observations when they get out under the stars. It is easy to begin exploring the universe with a camera these days and much less expensive than you might think.

Many companies offer simple one-shot color imagers that cost no more than a decent eyepiece. Of course, those who are willing to spend a bit more will be able to delve deeper and with better resolution. Unlike a traditional film camera which only captures about 2% of gathered light, CCD cameras can collect up to 70%, making them amazingly efficient for astronomy applications. Most people have a digital camera of one sort or another these days. If getting into the speciality end of imaging sparks your imagination, then take a look at our line of spectrographs. Telescope Camera. Celestron Telescopes. When you're looking for Celestron telescopes and equipment, you know you are choosing a durable, quality product. Celestron is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality optical products, including their motorized and non-motorized Celestron telescopes and related products such as binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes and accessories for them all.

Celestron was started in 1960 by a hobbyist looking for a better telescope for his son. The company rapidly grew to offer a range of quality Celestron telescopes. By 1970 Celestron had developed a way of producing Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes (SCT) that not only performed well but were less costly to make, meaning owning an eight or ten inch telescope would be feasible for the backyard astronomer. Schmidt-Cassegrains remain a strong part of Celestron’s telescope product line, but they’ve also brought us highly innovative products. Telescope For Sale. Choosing to buy a telescope can be one of the most enjoyable experiences in a person's life, or one of the most frustrating. Determining the telescope for sale that's right for you is critical, yet can be difficult, with such a myriad of choices.

Some beginners find themselves purchasing their first telescope at a big box store, and usually find the telescope is not what they expected. Sadly, this is the most common reason budding astronomers drop out of the hobby. It isn't because astronomy let them down, it is because their expectations of what their telescope should do let them down! Take a moment and ponder the three questions below, if you're looking to buy a telescope. If you do not know the answers, click the "Read More" button for a full explanation. If you are still not sure or have further questions, contact one of our telescope experts and pick their brain, or make plans to attend a local star party and check out what other amateur astronomers are using! What? Learn More... Meade Telescopes. Meade Instruments is a world leader in the manufacturing of Telescopes, Solar Telescopes, Optics, and Binoculars, for astronomers and hobbyists of all levels.

When looking for a quality and innovation in astronomy, Meade telescopes and accessories are a perfect choice. Meade Instruments has been around for decades (since 1972), and they are still developing and producing cutting edge, innovative products today…products that customers all around the world use and appreciate. From their first 8″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a worm-gear drive (1980) to the breakthrough LX200 telescope in 1992, and the more recent LX600 and LX850 series, Meade continues pushing the envelope. Today, Meade telescopes include everything from the compact LS & LT series, perfect for the budding astronomer, to the hyper-advanced LX850 - a powerhouse imaging platform.

To compliment their telescopes, Meade also offers telescope eyepieces, diagonals, focusers, filters, telescope mounts and more. Buy Telescope.