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Askar 52mm F4 guide scope released

Friday, June 21, 2024 by

A guide scope is an essential tool for astrophotography (unless you are doing OAG), it helps to keep the main telescope accurately aligned during long exposures by correcting tracking errors. The Askar 52mm Guide Scope is perfect for this purpose. With its lightweight, compact design, it offers a 52mm aperture, 208mm focal length, and a 25mm travel length, all at just 6...


QSI 700 Series cameras now available for order

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 by

QSI has introduced the new 700 Series cameras, showcasing top-tier CMOS sensors, superior electronics, and an integrated design, all crafted in Europe. For nearly 20 years, QSI has been synonymous with cameras for astronomers. In 2024, they unveiled the 700 Series, featuring advanced back-illuminated CMOS sensors with native 16-bit digitization. These sensors offer...


The ZWO ASI585MC Pro lands with a review from Trevor Jones

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 by

The ZWO ASI585MC Pro is the latest addition to ZWO's line of deep-sky cameras. It's built around a 4K Sony CMOS sensor with a 1/1.2″ format and 2.9μm pixels, delivering a resolution of 3840x2160 (8.29MP). This camera offers high sensitivity and a fast frame rate, reaching 47 frames per second at full resolution. ZWO ASI585MC Pro, deep-sky camera feat...


DWARF 3 smart telescope pre-orders now open

Thursday, May 30, 2024 by

DwarfLab has announced the DWARF 3 smart telescope is now available for pre-order, promising to make astrophotography accessible to enthusiasts everywhere. Its compact size and automatic setup aims to let users capture stunning images of celestial objects such as the Moon, Sun, Milky Way, galaxies, and nebulae within minutes. Additionally, the DWARF 3 is versatile ...


Astronomy camera sleeves launch from AstroCase

Monday, May 27, 2024 by

AstroCase, a new line of cases designed specifically for astrophotography cameras, has launched. This case/covering product was inspired by a mishap a few months ago when a guide camera fell and broke during the founder's adjustment session in the field. This unfortunate incident spurred the creation of AstroCase, which is aimed at preventing such accidents and offe...


Smart telescopes tested during eclipse results are in!

Thursday, May 23, 2024 by

Astronomy enthusiasts Sarah, Dalia, and Nico shared their firsthand experiences using smart telescopes during the recent solar eclipse in April 2024. In a video hosted by the popular channel "Nebula Photos," they provided reviews of the Seestar and Dwarf smart telescopes, showcasing how well each device performs under extraordinary conditions like a solar ecli...


Lucky Imaging technique captures M51 in vivid detail

Sunday, May 19, 2024 by

I decided to image Deep Sky objects with available software a number of years ago. However, I found a number of problems, like the autoguiding calibration code that failed to calibrate for various reasons, and guide stars were hard to find. So, I decided to write my own software for DSO image acquisition. The "Lucky Image" M51 image was taken with an 8...


ZWO AM3 unboxing and comparison to AM5

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 by

Harmonic drive mounts are all the rage these days, as they make an excellent choice for astrophotography and observational astronomy due to their precise and reliable performance, plus their portability, mostly due to lack of a counterweight. The AM3 mount from ZWO is no exception and definitely rings a bell with astrophotographers wanting to "drop and go&q...


50 hours on the M106 galaxy at 1200mm astrophoto stuns community

Monday, May 13, 2024 by

Amateur astronomer Colin Mitchell spent three months under stormy Ohio skies to collect over 50 hours of data on Messier 106 (M106). Despite battling significant light pollution near Akron, Colin's dedication and patience culminated in a spectacular photograph of this intermediate spiral galaxy. Using a 12" f/4 Newtonian telescope and an ASI2600MC camera, he re...


SN2024ggi supernova captured using the TS ONTC 8 inch telescope

Saturday, May 11, 2024 by

Amateur astronomer Duncan Milburn from Australia's Sunshine Coast captured a stunning image of the supernova SN2024ggi in the galaxy NGC 3621. Taken on the nights of April 12th and 13th 2024, Milburn utilized his TS ONTC 8" Newtonian telescope paired with a ZWO ASI2600MC camera. The total exposure time was just about 2 hours. SN 2024ggi is currently glowi...


MS-8x32 IF-ED binoculars released from APM

Monday, May 6, 2024 by

The newly released APM MS 8x32IF ED binoculars stand out as a testament to compact yet highly efficient optical technology. Crafted to meet the exacting standards of the MS series, these binoculars merge advanced functionality with state-of-the-art design. Incorporating an ultra-modern optical system, the binoculars offer optimized viewing with exceptional contrast a...


Wave 100i and Wave 150i harmonic drive mounts from Sky-Watcher arrive

Friday, May 3, 2024 by

The Sky-Watcher Wave Strainwave Mount series introduces two innovative models, the Wave 100i and Wave 150i, featuring advanced harmonic strainwave gear technology for zero backlash and precise GoTo functionality. Both models offer dual AZ/EQ tracking modes, rapid 10 degrees per second slewing, and integrated Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity. Wave 100i and Wave 150i harmo...


Deep space astrophoto targets for May of 2024

Friday, May 3, 2024 by

As spring blossoms into its full glory in May 2024, so does the night sky light up with stellar photographic opportunities. From the spiraling elegance of the Whirlpool Galaxy to the dense sparkle of the Hercules Globular Clusters, the cosmos offers a visual feast for astrophotographers. This season, as the earth renews, the heavens too unveil their most captivating cel...


NEX22-DO personal observatory dome from NexDome

Thursday, April 25, 2024 by

NexDome has revolutionized the design of personal observatories by focusing on solving common issues found in similar constructions. This includes the overall expense, which is often exacerbated by high shipping costs and the need for additional accessories due to poor design or construction. NexDome has successfully met its primary objective of offering an affordable, ...


L eXtreme dual passband light pollution filter from Optolong

Thursday, April 25, 2024 by

Optolong filters are becoming essential tools for terrestrial stargazers as urban expansion worsens light pollution, making it increasingly difficult to capture clear night sky images. The growing urbanization has rendered many skies unsuitable for detailed astronomical imaging. However, with the right filters, such as those from Optolong, photographers can effectively ...


SV231 Fringe Killer Color Correction Filter from Svbony

Thursday, April 25, 2024 by

The SV231 1.25/2 inch Color Correction Filter enhances astronomical viewing by selectively blocking defocused light from the blue and infrared (IR) parts of the spectrum, commonly problematic in small achromat telescopes. This filter significantly reduces stray light, especially in the blue spectral range, without altering the natural color of the celestial objects, all...


ZWO Electronic Automatic Focuser 5 volt USB 2 version

Thursday, April 25, 2024 by

Incorporating an electronic autofocuser like the ZWO EAF into your astrophotography setup enhances usability, saves time, and improves image quality. Temperature changes during an imaging session can cause your telescope's body to expand or contract, which shifts the focal point. ZWO Electronic Automatic Focuser 5 volt USB 2.0 version The ZWO EAF automates ref...


ZWO 5 Position Electronic Filter Wheel

Thursday, April 25, 2024 by

The ZWO 5 Position Electronic Filter Wheel enhances astrophotography by allowing for easy switching between different 2" filters, improving detail and contrast in images. It supports up to five 2" mounted or 50.4mm unmounted filters and is compatible with monochrome and color imaging setups. Integration is seamless with ZWO's cameras and control systems li...


ZWO ASIAIR Plus WiFi Smart Camera Controller

Thursday, April 25, 2024 by

Gain wireless control of your entire telescope setup using your smartphone or tablet with the ASIAIR Plus. This device manages and supplies power to a range of compatible astrophotography tools including cameras, mounts, autofocusers, filter wheels, dew heaters, and more. You can plan and automate your entire imaging session with ease, enjoying advanced features like po...


ZWO ASI533MC Pro DSO camera

Sunday, April 21, 2024 by

The ASI533MC PRO camera integrates Sony's advanced IMX533, a 1-inch square, 9.07MP back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, specifically designed for high-definition, low-noise imaging. It boasts a pixel size of 3.76 microns and can capture up to 20 frames per second in 14-bit mode. The low read-out noise, comparable to SCMOS or EMCCD sensors, makes it highly effective f...


Seestar S50 smart telescope from ZWO

Sunday, April 21, 2024 by

Introducing the Seestar S50, a revolutionary compact all-in-one smart telescope that combines multiple astronomical tools into a lightweight, 2.5kg package. This device integrates a telescope, electrical focuser, astronomical camera, ASIAIR, altazimuth mount, dew heater, and filter wheel, redefining convenience in astronomical observation. Seestar S50 smart telescope...

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