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Gift ideas for astrophotographers
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Gift ideas for astrophotographers


Gift ideas for astrophotographers

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Richard Harris Richard Harris

Discover the perfect presents for stargazers! From telescopes to custom star maps, explore unique astronomy-themed gifts that ignite a love for the cosmos. Elevate their cosmic journey with these stellar and thoughtful ideas.

Delve into the celestial wonders with the perfect astronomy-themed gifts for the stargazer in your life. Whether they're an amateur astronomer or simply captivated by the cosmos, these stellar gifts are sure to ignite their passion for the universe.

Gifting Ideas for astronomy enthusiasts

  • Telescope for Beginners: Introduce the gift of exploration with a quality beginner's telescope. Choose a model that's easy to set up, allowing them to peer into the night sky and witness the beauty of distant galaxies and nebulae.
  • Star Map Customization: Give a personalized touch with a custom star map that captures the alignment of the stars on a significant date, like a birthday or anniversary. It's a unique and sentimental way to commemorate a special moment in their life.
  • Celestial Jewelry: Let them carry the cosmos with them wherever they go. Consider jewelry adorned with planetary motifs, zodiac constellations, or even pieces featuring fragments of meteorites. These elegant accessories make a celestial fashion statement.
  • Astrophotography Essentials: For those keen on capturing the beauty of the night sky, consider astrophotography accessories. Invest in a sturdy tripod, smartphone adapters, or even beginner-friendly DSLR cameras to kickstart their journey into celestial photography.
  • Planisphere or Star Wheel: A classic yet invaluable tool, a planisphere or star wheel is an excellent gift for any astronomy enthusiast. These interactive maps help users identify constellations and track the movement of stars throughout the year.
  • Astronomy Books: Fuel their curiosity with engaging astronomy literature. Opt for books that cover a range of topics, from beginner's guides to advanced astrophysics. Consider titles like "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan or "Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry" by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • Virtual Stargazing Experience: Bring the universe to their fingertips with a virtual stargazing experience. Subscription services or online platforms that provide access to real-time observations, celestial events, and expert-guided tours offer a unique and educational gift.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Star Decals: Transform any room into a celestial haven with glow-in-the-dark star decals. These adhesive decals mimic the night sky, allowing them to create their own cosmic atmosphere indoors.
  • Space-themed Board Games: Combine entertainment with education by gifting space-themed board games. Games like "Stellar" or "The Search for Planet X" make learning about the cosmos fun and interactive.
  • Portable Planetarium Projector: Bring the universe indoors with a portable planetarium projector. These devices project realistic images of stars, planets, and galaxies onto the walls or ceiling, creating a mesmerizing cosmic display.

In the spirit of exploration and wonder, these astronomy-themed gifts are bound to inspire and delight anyone fascinated by the mysteries of the universe. Whether they're gazing through a telescope, wearing celestial jewelry, or embarking on an astrophotography adventure, these gifts will undoubtedly elevate their cosmic experience.

Orion Universal Dovetail Finder Scope Base

This versatile aluminum dovetail base is offered in a black anodized finish. It is designed to accept most Orion finder scopes, mini guide scopes, and reflex sight brackets as well as those of some other brands. It’s an ideal base for custom installation of a finder scope on telescopes not already equipped with a compatible base, or for which you want to add a second finder scope or a guide scope.

New Accessories from Orion Telescopes and BinocularsThe dovetail base is designed for use on any telescope optical tube having a diameter of 4″ or more, including Schmidt-Cassegrain models. It is also ideal for mounting on a flat dovetail bar or plate. Cross slots for the mounting screws allow use with hole separations between 14mm and 39mm laterally or 14mm and 29mm front to back. Two large, knurled thumbscrews secure the finder scope bracket in place.

Mounting hardware includes two 16mm-length M4x0.7 stainless steel pan head Phillips machine screws and two M4x0.7 hex nuts. You may need different screws depending on your particular telescope or mounting platform. The dovetail base dimensions are 39mm L x 49.5mm W x 22.5mm H.

8.25″ Orion Dovetail Mounting Plate

The 8.25″ Orion Dovetail Mounting Plate provides a platform for coupling telescope optical tubes to any mount that utilizes the Vixen style New Accessories from Orion Telescopes and Binocularsdovetail cradle. This “narrow-style” dovetail plate also works well with the Orion U-mount and VersaGo. The dovetail plate fits into the dovetail saddle on the mount head for easy attachment.

Ideal for those with more than one telescope to use with a single mount, the 8.25″ Orion Dovetail Mounting Plate is easy to use. Simply attach one to each of your telescopes, or telescope tube rings, and you’ll be able to swap between your telescope optical tubes quickly and easily. Once you’ve attached your telescope or telescope tube rings to the dovetail mounting plate, you can change telescopes on the mount without using tools.

The dovetail plate is made of extruded, anodized aluminum and weighs 6.5oz. The plate also has 1/4″-20 threaded holes along the centerline, allowing attachment of accessories secured from above. Through holes (unthreaded) on the ends allow for attachment of standard tube rings.

Orion 1.25″ Quick-Collimation Cap

New Accessories from Orion Telescopes and BinocularsKeep your reflector telescope’s optics precisely aligned with Orion’s Quick-Collimation Cap. Aligning, or collimating, the optics is essential for achieving the best image quality and is especially important for telescopes with a fast focal ratio of f/5 or less. Collimation of a Newtonian reflector telescope involves carefully adjusting the tilt of the primary and secondary mirrors. The Quick-Collimation Cap makes the procedure fast, easy, and accurate.

The Quick-Collimation Cap is designed to fit 1.25″ focuser collars or 2″ focusers equipped with a 1.25″ adapter. Made of plastic, the cap has a small hole in the center and a disc of white reflective material on the underside. When you look into the installed cap you see the reflection of the bright disc with the dark hole in the center, which makes it easy to precisely center the primary and secondary mirrors with the adjustment screws or knobs on the telescope. Your eye stays centered – which is critical – relative to the focuser, thanks to the cap’s center hole.

Basic collimation instructions for reflector telescopes are included with the Quick-Collimation Cap.


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