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NO. 66 April 2014

The Telescopes & Astronomy Newsletter has been produced since 1996. It includes astronomical information, tips, product information, product specials, interesting links and stories.

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IN THIS ISSUE:  - click direct to article
		
- SKYSHED PODS UPDATE - 4TH, 5TH & 6TH SHIPMENTS
- "I DIDN'T KNOW YOU SOLD MAPS!"
- COMET ISON - GREATEST COMET EVER? - UPDATE
- WILLIAM OPTICS UPDATED PRICELIST
- DEEP IMAGE OF GALAXY NGC5128 - CENTAURUS A
- EYEPIECE THREAD ON BARLOW LENS - $35AUD
- CELESTRON & THE IMAGING SOURCE ASTRONOMY CAMERA PARTNERSHIP
- OBSERVING OCCULTATIONS USING VIDEO: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE
- UPDATED PAGES BY TELESCOPES & ASTRONOMY
- iOPTRON'S SKYTRACKER MOUNT RECEIVES GREAT REVIEWS
- NEW OPEN.NASA.GOV
- PENTAX K-30 - GREAT REVIEWS FOR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
- ASTROPHYSICIST MARGHERITA HACK
- EQUATORIAL MOUNT SIDE BY SIDE SETUP
- TELRAD FINDERSCOPE $50AUD
- RIGID BINOCULAR TO TRIPOD ADAPTOR $40AUD
- PHILIPS TOUCAM SPC900NC STILL AVAILABLE $110AUD
		
CURRENT SPECIALS
- BINOCULAR SPECIAL 11x70mm or 13x70mm $120AUD
- EXTRA TALL, STURDY BINOCULAR TRIPOD SPECIAL $120AUD
- OLIVON T-64A SPOTTING SCOPE SPECIAL $290AUD
- RUSSIAN TAL-1 TELESCOPE SPECIAL $590AUD
		
MORE SPECIALS: 

BOOKS		
	- HOW TO MAKE A TELESCOPE - JEAN TEXEREAU - $60AUD 
	- THE AUSTRALIAN GUIDE TO STARGAZING - GREGG D. THOMPSON - $20AUD 
	- THE NIGHT SKY - 2ND EDITION - STEVE MASSEY - $20AUD 
	- EXPLORING THE MOON - STEVE MASSEY - $20AUD 
	- TEACH YOURSELF ASTRONOMY - SIR PATRICK MOORE - $20AUD 
	- INTRODUCTION TO WEBCAM ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY - ROBERT REEVES - $60AUD 
	- THE DOBSONIAN TELESCOPE - KREIGE/BERRY - $60AUD 
	- PHOTOSHOP ASTRONOMY - 2ND EDITION - R. SCOTT IRELAND - $70AUD 
	- OBSERVING & PHOTOGRAPHING THE SOLAR SYSTEM - 
		DOBBINS/PARKER/CAPEN - $50AUD 
	- ENGINEERING, DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF PORTABLE NEWTONIAN TELESCOPES
		ALBERT HIGHE - $70AUD 
	- ARP ATLAS OF PECULIAR GALAXIES - JEFF KENIPE/ DENNIS WEBB - $70AUD 
		
DVD's 		
	- SPACE FLIGHT $5AUD 
	- ASTRONOMY $5AUD 
	- SOLAR SYSTEM $5AUD 
	- UNIVERSE - UPDATED WIDESCREEN EDITION - $12AUD 
	- HUBBLE - 15 YEARS OF DISCOVERY - $12AUD 
	- VOYAGE TO THE PLANETS - $12AUD 
	- EYE ON THE SKIES - 400 YEARS OF TELESCOPIC DISCOVERY - $12AUD 
		
ASTRONOMICAL SOFTWARE 
		
	- ASTRONOMICAL PLANETARIUM - POSITIONS OF THOUSANDS OF STARS, GALAXIES, 
		AND DEEPSKY OBJECTS - $4AUD 
	- LUNAR MAP PRO WITH 3D TERRAIN SOFTWARE - $40AUD

- 6" DOBSONIAN TELESCOPES $348AUD 
- 8" DOBSONIAN TELESCOPES $445AUD 
- 10" DOBSONIAN TELESCOPES $642AUD 
- 12" DOBSONIAN TELESCOPES $1059AUD 
- 5 PC FILTER WHEEL INCLUDING 1.25" CAMERA ADAPTOR $150AUD 
- 40mm LONG - 2" DIAMETER EXTENSION TUBES $18AUD 
- CELESTRON NEXIMAGER PLANET & MOON CAMERAS $95AUD 
- 1.25" 45° ERECTING DIAGONALS $25AUD 
- 0.965" TO 1.25" EYEPIECE ADAPTORS $20AUD 
- DUAL LED (RED & WHITE LIGHT) FLASH LIGHTS $25AUD 
- CHESHIRE COLLIMATION EYEPIECES $40AUD 
- 1.25" ACHROMATIC 2X BARLOW LENSES $45AUD 
- ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT METAL TABLE TOP TRIPODS $15AUD 
- 90° 8x50mm FINDERSCOPES $50AUD 
- 40mm PLOSSL EYEPIECES - CLEAR APERTURE (BIT YOU LOOK THROUGH) 34mm $50AUD 
- LASER POINTER HOLDERS $50AUD 
- BINOVIEWERS (WITHOUT EYEPIECES) HIGH QUALITY, NOT CHEAPIES! $120AUD 
- Binocular Soft Cases - suit 60mm and larger Binoculars up to 80mm $5AUD 
- RED DOT FINDERSCOPES $20AUD 
- 11mm, 1.25" 80° EYEPIECES $60 
- F/3.3 FOCAL REDUCERS TO SUIT SCT $120AUD 
- NIKON T RINGS $15AUD
- PENTAX T RINGS $15AUD
- CANON T RINGS $15AUD
- SONY $18AUD 
- 2" AUTOCOLLIMATORS $45AUD 
- PYREX 1/10 WAVE 4" SECONDARY MIRROR (NEWPORT GLASS) $350AUD 
- 152mm x 750mm REFRACTOR OTA $550AUD 
- ECLIPSE/TRANSIT GLASSES $4AUD


SKYSHED PODS - 4TH, 5TH & 6TH SHIPMENTS
POD - Personal Observatory Dome.  The dream of every astronomer - to be observing in minutes!
For information on the SkyShed Pod, please visit:

http://www.telescopes-astronomy.com.au/skyshed_pod_astronomical_observatory.htm

For more detailed information visit SkyShed's web site:

http://www.skyshedpod.com/

or join the Yahoo! Pod forum:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/skyshed-pod/

We now have a full container for the 4th shipment!  The current Japanese production is just about finished, and we 
are next. I have forwarded the complete 4th shipment order onto SkyShed.

We are now accepting deposits for the next container after this one (5th shipment). Things have really picked up, 
receiving 3 deposits for the 5th shipment already!

We may need to review the pricing for the Pods in the future, due to the weakening Aussie dollar, although at this 
stage we are keeping prices the same. I dare say, if the Aussie continues to drop, we'll review pricing for the 6th shipment.

SkyShed Pod XL5


"I DIDN'T KNOW YOU SOLD MAPS!"

We have been selling all types of Maps for a number of years now. Here are the most popular Wall Maps. Image descriptions
from left, with their close-up underneath:

As seen in Flight Center Offices around Australia. The World Map Wallpaper for $275AUD plus postage is 3.96m x 2.64m 
(huge!). It's 8 sheets.

The next size down is more expensive ($340AUD plus postage), although it is the most comprehensive large world map 
available. It comes in 3 sheets. It is not wallpaper, rather, fairly thick paper. It is produced by National Geographic and 
measures 2.75m x 1.90m.

After this is our biggest seller - The World SuperMap Laminated for $58AUD plus postage. It is 1.9m x 1.1m.

Finally we also have The Australia SuperMap Laminated (137cm x 120cm) for $58AUD plus postage, or Unlaminated 
for $48AUD.  The Unlaminated Australia Super Map is perfect for writing on eg. places visited etc.

The close-ups below are high quality images, so you can increade your browser size, to view the place name.

World Map WallpaperNational Geographic World MapWorld Super MapAustralia Super Map
Close-up World Map WallpaperClose-up National Geographic World MapClose-up World Super MapClose-up Australia Super Map

		
COMET ISON - GREATEST COMET EVER? - UPDATE
Comet ISON is currently behind the Sun.  We'll continue updates, once it re-appears.

Our Comet ISON web site, which is full of information about the comet:

Comet ISON Web Site

Comet ISON

		
WILLIAM OPTICS UPDATED PRICELIST
William Optics are manufacturers of short tube refractor telescopes, binoculars, digital camera adapter lenses for telescopes, 
eyepieces, diagonals and other accessories.

New products include a unique, high quality, Fully Multi Coated 50mm Guiding Finderscope, which accepts 1.25" eyepieces.
Available in Straight Through or 90° Angle,  that fits perfectly on your William Optics and other telescopes. It's 5.7° 
field, paired with the illuminated reticle, will make finding that faint star a cinch.

Both Straight and Angle finderscopes have a tube diameter of 54mm and dewshield of 58mm.
$205AUD

50°, 23mm Fully Multicoated Crosshair Eyepiece ($58AUD) and Illuminator ($35AUD) can be purchased separately.

William Optics Pricelist:
http://www.telescopes-astronomy.com.au/william_optics_telescope_usa_astronomy.htm

William Optics Guiding Finderscope 90°William Optics Guiding Finderscope Straight Through



DEEP IMAGE OF GALAXY NGC5128 - CENTAURUS A
Rolf Olsen posted on NZastronomers links to a stunning image of Centaurus (NGC 5128) taken over 43 nights in Feb-May 
this year. The total exposure time was 120 hours with a 10-inch (25-cm) f/5 Newtonian reflector in Auckland. The 
image is a composite from exposures through LRGB filters taken with a QSI 683wsg camera and Lodestar guider.

Rolf believes that the image is the deepest view ever obtained of Centaurus A. Also that it is likely also the 
deepest image ever taken with amateur equipment, showing stars as faint as magnitude 25.45. He spent around 40 hours 
and analysing processing the data, with the goal of presenting this majestic Southern galaxy as it has never been seen 
before - with all the main features showing in one single image, in order to truly get a grasp of what this intriguing 
object is all about. 

The link to the high resolution image (4MB) is

Deep Centaurus A (NGC5128)

Centaurus A

		
EYEPIECE THREAD ON BARLOW LENS - $35AUD
This 1.6x Barlow Lens screws into the thread of any eyepiece, or camera, with a standard filter thread, and multiplies the 
Eyepiece by 1.6x magnification.

The Eyepiece thread on Barlow Lens has many uses and performs as brilliantly visually as it does photographically. It can be 
fitted to camera (webcams, video camera etc) nose-pieces and delivers the same 60% magnification increase as it does with 
eyepieces used visually.

Perfect for use with Binoviewers (improves inward focus travel) and allows refractors and Newtonians to focus with limited 
inward focusor travel. Ideal for astrophotography with Newtonian telescopes. 

1.6x Screw into Eyepiece Barlow

		
CELESTRON & THE IMAGING SOURCE ASTRONOMY CAMERA PARTNERSHIP
Astronomy Cameras Special Announcement

The Imaging Source, a leading manufacturer of industrial imaging products, is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership 
with Celestron, the world's #1 telescope maker. Building on the two companies' combined 75 years of experience, The 
Imaging Source and Celestron are proud to unveil their first collaborative effort: Skyris, a bold new line of USB 3.0 
astronomical cameras.

The all-new Celestron Skyris cameras, powered by The Imaging Source, offer the latest astroimaging technology at an 
affordable price point. The first models, released today, include three unique Sony EXview HAD CCD sensors with 
resolutions from VGA to 2 megapixels, able to record at speeds up to 120 frames per second. Each Skyris includes camera 
control and post-processing software, a 1.5-meter USB 3.0 cable, and a 1.25" telescope adapter.

Read the full press release at:

http://www.astronomycameras.com/skyris/press-release/

Download detailed product information at:

http://www.astronomycameras.com/skyris/product-information/

Celestron & The Imaging Source Camera Skyris

		
OBSERVING OCCULTATIONS USING VIDEO: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE
The RASNZ Occultation Section is pleased to announce the release of version 1 of Observing Occultations Using Video: A 
Beginner's Guide.

Although written with observers in Australia and New Zealand especially in mind, we hope that observers elsewhere will still 
find its contents to be informative and useful.

The editors are looking for feedback on the content and presentation of the Guide. Does it cover all the questions you may 
want to ask? Is it laid out clearly enough? Please send any comments to:

milnerjacquie@gmail.com
with a copy to;
Graham@occultations.org.nz

Download the Guide from:

http://occultations.org.nz/videotime/manual.htm

Guide to Videoing Occultations


UPDATED PAGES BY TELESCOPES & ASTRONOMY

StarGPS Pricelist

Celestron Pricelist

Losmandy Pricelist

Solar Observation - SolarScope Pricelist

Barska Pricelist

Telrad Pricelist

William Optics

Pentax Pricelist

Secondhand Telescopes & Accessories

Telescopes & Astronomy Web Site


iOPTRON'S SKYTRACKER MOUNT RECEIVES GREAT REVIEWS
The new iOptron SkyTrackerTM camera mount for astrophotography has extra features including an increased payload of 3.5kg
 (7.7 lbs) and an adjustable AZ base. This portable mount makes it easy to take long exposures of the night sky without streaking or 
star trailing.

The SkyTrackerTM is simple to set up. Just attach the unit to a camera tripod. Then slide and lock your digital camera into the 
saddle. Align SkyTrackerTM to the Celestial Pole, using the included dark field illuminated polar scope. Then turn on the 
motor, and it keeps your camera tracking at the same speed the earth rotates! The unique DC servo motor keeps your camera 
in motion to avoid star trails and allows you to take long exposures for beautiful images of the night sky. SkyTrackerTM runs 
on 4 AA batteries for portability at any location.

SkyTracker with Polar Scope $460AUD - in stock

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51192053

iOptron SkyTracker


NEW OPEN.NASA.GOV
NASA is expanding transparency, participation, and collaboration and creating a new level of openness and accountability. 
We are focusing on embedding open government into three integrated aspects of our operations—policy, technology, and culture. 
Whether NASA is using social networks to allow students to interact directly with astronauts, or creating a Cloud Computing 
Platform to give unprecedented access to scientific data, we have embraced the Open Government Directive.

About open.nasa.gov
open.nasa.gov is a collaborative platform for the open government community to share success stories and projects they are
working on. The content on this site is written by NASA employees and contractors across the agency. We are excited to 
highlight the ways that transparency, participation, and collaboration are being embraced by NASA policy, technology, 
and culture – and the amazing future that becomes possible because of that commitment.

open.nasa.gov

Open NASA


PENTAX K-30 - GREAT REVIEWS FOR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
The Pentax K-30 has shown to be a great camera for Astrophotography.  Have a read what some people have to say in the 
forums:

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-30/206979-k-30-astrophotograpy.html

In particular, the accessory O-GPS1 GPS Module assists greatly in tracking celestial objects:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/6/3/pentaxgps

K-30 Body only $735AUD
K-30 with 18-55m Sigma Lens $768AUD
O-GPS1 $279AUD

Pentax K-30 DSLR CameraPentax GPS Module DSLR


ASTROPHYSICIST MARGHERITA HACK
Margherita Hack, an astrophysicist who explained her research on the stars in plain language for the public and who championed 
civil rights in her native Italy, died at the beginning of July in the Adriatic Sea town of Trieste, where she had headed an 
astronomical observatory. She was 91. 

President Giorgio Napolitano's condolence message hailed her as a "high-level personality in the world of scientific culture." 
"At the same time, she represented a strong example of civil passion, leaving a noble fingerprint in public debate and in the 
dialogue with citizens," Napolitano said. The Italian news agency Ansa quoted family friend Marinella Chirico as saying Hack 
died in a hospital after being treated for heart problems. 

Hack headed the observatory in Trieste, the first woman to hold that post, from 1964 to 1987, and was a popular and frequent 
commentator in Italian media about discoveries in astronomy and physics. The current director of the observatory, Stefano 
Borgani, noted that Hack was one of the first astronomers to have the intuition that the future of astronomical observation lay 
in using space satellites. 

An atheist who decried Vatican influence on Italian politicians, Hack helped fight a successful battle to legalise abortion in Italy. 
She unsuccessfully lobbied for the right to euthanasia and also championed gay rights. Among her victories was a campaign 
against construction of nuclear reactors in Italy. A vegetarian since childhood, she also was an advocate for animal protection 
and lived with eight cats and a dog. 

Hack, an optimist with a cheerful disposition, studied the heavens in the firm belief there was no after-life. "I have no fear of 
death," Hack once said in a TV interview. "While we are here, death isn't with us. When there is death, I won't be here," she 
said. 

Among the many Twitter comments about her passing was one from an admirer who wrote that Hack was "so great and nice 
that God will pretend not to exist so as not to upset her," the Italian news agency LaPresse noted. She liked to joke that the 
first and last time she was in a church was for her marriage to fellow native Florentine Aldo De Rosa, in 1944. She agreed to 
a church ceremony only because the groom's parents were very religious. 

Hack dressed simply in life, including for her own wedding, when she wore an overcoat-turned-inside out for a bridal gown. 
She and her widower, 93, had no children. 

Hack enrolled at the University of Florence as a student of literature, but after one class, switched to physics. By the early 
1950s, she was an astronomer at the Tuscan city's astronomical observatory. She was also an athlete, excelling in track. 
Specialising in the long jump and high jump from 1939 to 1943, she won national university championships and placed 
high in national championships. 

Hack was active in left-wing politics, including most recently supporting the governor of southern Puglia, Nichi Vendola, 
one of Italy's few openly gay politicians. "With Margherita Hack's passing, we lose an authoritative voice in favour of civil 
rights and equality," said Fabrizio Marrazzo, a spokesman for a gay advocacy group, Gay Center. "More than once, Hack 
came out in favour of gay rights, civil unions and the dignity of gay families." 

Italy's foreign minister, Emma Bonino, who as a leader of the tiny Radical Party helped wage battles to legalise divorce and 
abortion in Italy, said Hack was "an extraordinary figure. With her vanishes not only a great scientist but a free spirit, 
deeply intellectually honest," Ansa quoted Bonino as saying.

Reproduced from RASNZ Newsletter July 2013

Margherita Hack

Margherita HackMargherita Hack


EQUATORIAL MOUNT SIDE BY SIDE SETUP
CNC Machined Mounting Accessories from Telescopes and Astronomy.

All items are made here in Adelaide, South Australia.

Blair Lade, of the Astronomical Society of South Australia, first pointed out the problems with many commercially designed 
Dovetails and Attachments. Blair has been the societies equipment officer for the past number of years.

With the help of an experienced engineer and machinist, a number of components for various popular model Mounts were 
developed. "Components have been designed and engineered for rigidity and strength. The use of sound mechanical principles 
results in repetitive mating of components without damaging dovetail faces, thereby maintaining greater accuracy over their life". 
The systems are designed to replace the current systems which accompany many popular mounts. "It was Blair who showed 
me the setup he had at the time. The setup had ball end thumbscrews biting into the Dovetail. This caused peening/denting to 
the Dovetail faces to the point where they would not mate accurately, unless a metal file was used, to dress flat the facings."

The Side By Side setup is generally used for camera work where stability is paramount. The configuration is generally setup 
and dismantled each night or each time it's used. Once aligned the user would expect to setup each time without realignment.

This is where the design came from, the recesses in the dovetail faces where the thumbscrews bite, the special brass insert 
thumbscrews, the important heavy duty cross section of the dovetail plate which resists bend.

Other machined products by Telescopes & Astronomy

Side By Side Setup for SkyWatcher, Celestron, Saxon, Vixen ("V Tail):
350mm Dovetail Plate with 2 Side By Side Saddles $251AUD

Side By Side Setup for Losmandy, CGE ("D" Tail):
350mm Dovetail Plate with 2 Side By Side Saddles $285AUD

Pictured below - Triple Side By Side Setup including:
- 600mm Long "D" Dovetail with 3 positions for mounting Saddles $175AUD
- 140mm Guide Rings on 150mm Long "V" Dovetail $197AUD being held by Female "V" Saddle $90AUD - closest
- "V" Male to "D" Male 350mm Long Dovetail Plate $125AUD with Losmandy Dual Axis Camera Mount $172AUD - centre
- Blank Female "D" Saddle $85AUD - furthest from camera

Triple Side by Side Setup100% Australian Made


TELRAD FINDERSCOPE $50AUD
I use a Telrad Finderscope on my telescope. It the fastest way of moving around the night sky, with its ease of use. 
The Telrad is used instead of a Finderscope. The Telrad uses a bull's eye projected onto the background sky.

There are many advantages:

- a very wide field of view
- image is not upside down
- aligned by three knobs on the back
- portable to other scopes

Telrad 1x, illuminated reticle bulls eye, Excellent device $50AUD
Telrad Dew Shield $20AUD
Mounting Base only $12AUD
Telrad Pulser $30AUD
Telrad Dew Shield+ $32AUD
(w/mirror for 90° viewing)
Telrad 2” Riser Base $23AUD
Telrad 4” Riser Base $25AUD
Reticle $6AUD
Lens $12AUD
Combining Glass (clear or tinted) $10AUD
Potentiometer $10AUD
Thumb Screw (steel w/plastic knob) $1AUD
Thumb Screw (brass) $2AUD

Review:

http://www.company7.com/telrad/products/telrad.html

Telrad


RIGID BINOCULAR TO TRIPOD ADAPTOR $40AUD
Do you own a Plastic Binocular to Tripod Adaptor? If you do, you would be aware of how wobbly they are.
Everytime the binoculars are adjusted, you have to wait for the binoculars/image to stop shaking, before you can look!

We have designed a new, rigid Binocular to Tripod Adaptor from solid aluminium. The Adaptor is Black Anodised, 
with a thick Knurled Knob for ease of use.

Rigid Binocular to Tripod AdaptorRigid Binocular to Tripod Adaptor


PHILIPS TOUCAM SPC900NC STILL AVAILABLE $110AUD
The Philips ToUcam SPC900NC is a great camera for use on the planets, DeepSky or as a Guide Camera. There are many 
examples of great images on the web. Best value for money available - thousands of hours of fun and images!

- Philips 900NC ToUcam $110AUD
- Philips 900NC ToUcam Modified for Long Exposure $250AUD
- 1.25" Adaptor with Filter Thread, Baffled, Anodised $55AUD
- ToUcam to T Thread Adaptor $45AUD
- Universal 1.25" (840K & 900NC) Adaptor with Filter Thread, Baffled, Anodised $55AUD
- 40mm Plossl with T Thread $130AUD
- Camera Thread to Eyepiece Adaptor (for eyepieces around 34mm diameter) $55AUD
- 5m USB Extension Lead $18AUD (camera comes with 2m lead)

ToUcam Images:
http://fiveprime.org/hivemind/Tags/toucam

Planetary Webcam Images:
http://www.technoplus.nl/astro/webcam/webcam.htm

ToUcam Moon Images:
http://zimmer.csufresno.edu/~fringwal/moon-gallery.html

Imaging with ToUcam Webcams:
http://www.deep-sky.co.uk/imaging/webcam/toucam.htm

Philips ToUcam 900NCMars - ToUcam


CURRENT SPECIALS

BINOCULAR SPECIAL 11x70mm or 13x70mm $120AUD
 These Binoculars have been tested by us to be great for astronomy. They have an Exit Pupil of 6.4mm 
(11x70mm) which illuminates the whole of the eye. Great for finding objects before looking through your 
scope. Complete with Binocular to Tripod Adaptor.
11x70mm Astro Binoculars


EXTRA TALL, STURDY BINOCULAR TRIPOD SPECIAL $120AUD
These tripods handle 20x80mm binoculars very easily. Their height can be raised to 190cm (6' 3").
Tall Sturdy Tripod


OLIVON T-64A SPOTTING SCOPE SPECIAL $290AUD
 - 64mm Aperture 
- Angled 16-48x Zoom 
- Fully Multi Coated 
- Nitrogen Gas Filled 
- Easy to DigiScope

Olivon manufacturer high quality Spotting Scopes. The Olivon T-64 with its aperture of 64mm combines 
a precision optical design, lightweight portability and premium-quality construction. The T-64 spotting scope 
will withstand even the harshest weather conditions. This superb, high-quality spotting scope is ideal for bird 
watchers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Olivon T-64 spotting scopes deliver sharp, crystal clear images over 
a range of distance.

All Olivon spotting scopes are constructed from lightweight material, and then covered with rubber armour, 
for a lifetime of use.

Specifications:
http://www.olivonmanufacturing.com/_files/Manuals/om_manual_t64.pdf
Field Test:
http://www.binocularoutlet.co.uk/datasheets/T64reviewdd.pdf
YouTube Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aWFtoKkUFQ
Olivon T64 Spotting Scope


RUSSIAN TAL-1 TELESCOPE SPECIAL $590AUD 
TAL-1 4.5" Reflector $590AUD. If you know anyone who is about to buy a 4.5" diameter telescope, the 
TAL-1 is a far superior in quality, workmanship, parts and accessories. It also produces excellent views. 
I have always had one of these handy. What I like about it:

- No crappy Eyepieces 
- Sun Viewer (the safe way), see sunspots, eclipses, transitions 
- Camera Holder away from the Optical Tube 
- Can see the Red Spot on Jupiter 
- Really smooth Slow Motion Controls (Astrophotography) 
- Cross Hair Reticle for astrophotography 
- Solid as a rock! 
- A higher magnification Eyepiece of a different brand can be used to get the maximum magnification 
available from the scope on nights of good seeing. 
http://www.telescopes.ru/product.html?cat=1&prod=7
Russian TAL-1 Telescope

MORE SPECIALS: 

BOOKS		
	- HOW TO MAKE A TELESCOPE - JEAN TEXEREAU - $60AUD 
	- THE AUSTRALIAN GUIDE TO STARGAZING - GREGG D. THOMPSON - $20AUD 
	- THE NIGHT SKY - 2ND EDITION - STEVE MASSEY - $20AUD 
	- EXPLORING THE MOON - STEVE MASSEY - $20AUD 
	- TEACH YOURSELF ASTRONOMY - SIR PATRICK MOORE - $20AUD 
	- INTRODUCTION TO WEBCAM ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY - ROBERT REEVES - $60AUD 
	- THE DOBSONIAN TELESCOPE - KREIGE/BERRY - $60AUD 
	- PHOTOSHOP ASTRONOMY - 2ND EDITION - R. SCOTT IRELAND - $70AUD 
	- OBSERVING & PHOTOGRAPHING THE SOLAR SYSTEM - 
		DOBBINS/PARKER/CAPEN - $50AUD 
	- ENGINEERING, DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF PORTABLE NEWTONIAN TELESCOPES
		ALBERT HIGHE - $70AUD 
	- ARP ATLAS OF PECULIAR GALAXIES - JEFF KENIPE/ DENNIS WEBB - $70AUD 
		
DVD's 		
	- SPACE FLIGHT $5AUD 
	- ASTRONOMY $5AUD 
	- SOLAR SYSTEM $5AUD 
	- UNIVERSE - UPDATED WIDESCREEN EDITION - $12AUD 
	- HUBBLE - 15 YEARS OF DISCOVERY - $12AUD 
	- VOYAGE TO THE PLANETS - $12AUD 
	- EYE ON THE SKIES - 400 YEARS OF TELESCOPIC DISCOVERY - $12AUD 
		
ASTRONOMICAL SOFTWARE 
		
	- ASTRONOMICAL PLANETARIUM - POSITIONS OF THOUSANDS OF STARS, GALAXIES, 
		AND DEEPSKY OBJECTS - $4AUD 
	- LUNAR MAP PRO WITH 3D TERRAIN SOFTWARE - $40AUD

- 6" DOBSONIAN TELESCOPES $348AUD 
- 8" DOBSONIAN TELESCOPES $445AUD 
- 10" DOBSONIAN TELESCOPES $642AUD 
- 12" DOBSONIAN TELESCOPES $1059AUD 
- 5 PC FILTER WHEEL INCLUDING 1.25" CAMERA ADAPTOR $150AUD 
- 40mm LONG - 2" DIAMETER EXTENSION TUBES $18AUD 
- CELESTRON NEXIMAGER PLANET & MOON CAMERAS $95AUD 
- 1.25" 45° ERECTING DIAGONALS $25AUD 
- 0.965" TO 1.25" EYEPIECE ADAPTORS $20AUD 
- DUAL LED (RED & WHITE LIGHT) FLASH LIGHTS $25AUD 
- CHESHIRE COLLIMATION EYEPIECES $40AUD 
- 1.25" ACHROMATIC 2X BARLOW LENSES $45AUD 
- ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT METAL TABLE TOP TRIPODS $15AUD 
- 90° 8x50mm FINDERSCOPES $50AUD 
- 40mm PLOSSL EYEPIECES - CLEAR APERTURE (BIT YOU LOOK THROUGH) 34mm $50AUD 
- LASER POINTER HOLDERS $50AUD 
- BINOVIEWERS (WITHOUT EYEPIECES) HIGH QUALITY, NOT CHEAPIES! $120AUD 
- Binocular Soft Cases - suit 60mm and larger Binoculars up to 80mm $5AUD 
- RED DOT FINDERSCOPES $20AUD 
- 11mm, 1.25" 80° EYEPIECES $60 
- F/3.3 FOCAL REDUCERS TO SUIT SCT $120AUD 
- NIKON T RINGS $15AUD
- PENTAX T RINGS $15AUD
- CANON T RINGS $15AUD
- SONY $18AUD 
- 2" AUTOCOLLIMATORS $45AUD 
- PYREX 1/10 WAVE 4" SECONDARY MIRROR (NEWPORT GLASS) $350AUD 
- 152mm x 750mm REFRACTOR OTA $550AUD 
- ECLIPSE/TRANSIT GLASSES $4AUD


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