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Urban Safari: Strawberry Moon

June 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

There was a full moon on June 20, 2016; it is sometimes called the Strawberry Moon (because it occurs when strawberry season starts). It just also happened to be the Summer [...]

EXO Labs: iPad Microscope/Telescope camera

November 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

The  great thing about instruments like microscopse and telescopes is that they extend our senses, open up new worlds, and let us explore right from our chair. The big [...]

Questar Tristand FirstUse

September 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

We posted a FirstLook of the Tristand a few weeks ago. We have been wanting to take the tripod out for its FirstUse, but the New England weather has not been cooperative. [...]

Questar Tristand FirstLook

September 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Questar telescopes are known the world over for their quality instruments. We had a chance to see them first hand at the NEAF conference in 2011. While we were certainly [...]

Gold Astro FirstLook

March 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Astrophotography is an interesting challenge, but a challenge anyone with a telescope can take on. The pursuit has been made infinitely more rewarding since the move from [...]

Meade ETX-90EC FirstLook

October 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

Buying a telescope is tricky. It is tempting to start off with an inexpensive telescope (say, a $50 one) to see if astronomy is a pursuit worth pursuing, but that is exactly [...]

Get-A-Grip Install

May 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

The  Meade 10″ LX200 GPS SCT is a pretty hefty piece of gear. It is a LOT heavier than the Celestron C8 SCT it replaced. We are not exactly sure why that is, but [...]

Meade LX200 Telescope Case

February 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

The interns have been researching various options for transporting the two telescopes. There are few telescope case makers and their cases are typically custom-fit units [...]

Meade RCX400 Tripod Comparison

January 20, 2011 // 0 Comments

Yesterday we took a FirstLook at our newly acquired Meade RCX400 Ultra-Stable tripod. Weighing in at close to 60 lbs, this tripod is a beast. However, since it can [...]

Meade RCX400 Tripod

January 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

Bigger is definitely better when it comes to telescope tripods. The main reason is telescopes are very sensitive to vibrations. The sturdier the tripod, the better the [...]
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