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GALILEO REPLICA TELESCOPE BUILDING KIT
The Galileoscope was designed for International Year of Astronomy by a team of leading astronomers, optical 
engineers, and science educators. 
$85AUD

ASTRONOMY 2014 BOOK $18AUD
Latest annual with the easiest and quickest reference book for knowing your way around the Night Sky. 
Quasar Publishing has been producing these annual publications since 1991. The yearbooks are written by 
Australians for Australians. 
This yearbook has been designed for anyone who looks at the night sky whether they are using just their eyes, 
a pair of binoculars or a telescope. The book has something for everyone, from the basic novice, up to the 
advanced amateur astronomer. This includes those with a casual interest who might just want to know, "what 
is that bright star next to the Moon?"

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.

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

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

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

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE CAIRNS AUSTRALIA 2012 HAT BADGES ONLY $2AUD
We have a few Hat Badges left over from the Eclipse last year. Made from the highest grade metals, and protected with 
an enamel finish, this souvenir will be something you can be proud to own and display. The Badges feature a Total Solar 
Eclipse during the Diamond Ring effect, with the words "Total Solar Eclipse 2012, Cairns Australia". 
Let us know if you want an image of the Badge.

2" AUTOCOLLIMATORS - MOST ACCURATE COLLIMATOR AVAILABLE - BY TELESCOPES & 
ASTRONOMY - $45AUD
An AutoCollimator is the most accurate tool for aligning the Mirrors in a Reflecting Telescope. The AutoCollimator has 
a Mirror on the back of the tool which produces a reflection of the Primary and Secondary Mirrors, so the alignment of 
the Telescope's Mirrors can be observed. A detailed overview of the AutoCollimator, and how it works, has been 
undertaken by Jason on the Cloudy Nights forum: 
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/3532750/page/0/view/collapsed/sb/5/o/all/fpart/1 

MOON PHASE MAPS
Moon Phase Maps consist of: 
 18 Photo-Maps (9 double-sided loose leaf pages, each 33 x 23cm) 
 Cover sheet illustrating all phases and giving detailed instructions. 
 Complete index of features (seas, craters, mountains, etc) with sizes and co-ordinates. 
All supplied in a plastic display bag. An example can be seen here: 
http://www.telescopes-astronomy.com.au/poster-chart-astronomy-star-night-sky.htm 
$18AUD

2" VARIABLE POLARISNG FILTER
The Variable Polarising Filter provides adjustable brightness control for your telescope! 
This variable polariser consists of two high-grade glass Polarising Filters in a rotating cell that allows you to adjust 
the amount of light transmission from 1% to 40%. 
The Variable Polarising Filter screws onto the barrel of 2" Eyepieces and other 2" barrel accessories, and comes with 
a storage case. 
$55AUD

RIGID BINOCULAR TO TRIPOD ADAPTOR - BY TELESCOPES & ASTRONOMY
Do you own a Binocular to Tripod Adaptor? If you do, you would be aware of how wobbly they are! We have 
designed a new, rigid Binocular to Tripod Adaptor from aluminium. The Adaptor is Black Anodised, with a thick 
Knurled Knob for ease of use. 
$40AUD

BAADER SOLAR FILM
Baader Solar Film is made for the construction of high-quality Objective Filters for observing the Sun with telescopes, 
binoculars, camera or video lenses. This foil is CE-tested and reduces the intensity of sunlight by 99.999% (neutral 
density 5.0 or 3.8 Photographic). 
Larger than 30cm x 30cm - $CALL 
30cm x 30cm $55AUD 
A4 Sheet - $45AUD 
25cm x 25cm $40AUD 
20cm x 20cm $35AUD 
15cm x 15cm $20AUD 
10cm x 10cm $12AUD 
8cm x 8cm $8AUD 
***WHEN VIEWING THE SUN THROUGH A TELESCOPE USING A SOLAR FILTER, ENSURE THE 
FINDERSCOPE IS COVERED OR HAS IT'S OWN FILTER***

RUSSIAN PLOSSL EYEPIECES
1.25" eyepiece Plossl 6.3 mm $50AUD 
1.25" eyepiece Plossl 7.5 mm $53AUD

BOB'S KNOBS SPECIALS
http://www.bobsknobs.com/ 
Meade LightBridge 12" Primary $58AUD 
Meade Light Bridge 8", 10", 12" Primary Springs $34AUD 
Meade 8" F/10 with 6 Secondary Screws $$34AUD 
Meade 10" F/10 with 6 Secondary Screws $34AUD 
Celestron 8" Standard - All SCT except with Black Collimation Screws $34AUD 
Celestron 9.25" Standard - All except CPC 925 $34AUD 
Celestron 11" - All except CPC 1100 $34AUD 
Celestron 8" Metric - SCT with Black Phillips Collimation Screws $38AUD

WILLIAM OPTICS SPECIALS
M-PVL New Long Version Vixen Style Dovetail Plate (Fits EZT, Vixen, Orion, Synta etc.) $70AUD: 
http://www.williamoptics.com/accessories/vixenDovetailLong_features.php 
M-PS Saddle Plate only (Losmandy Style) $80AUD: 
http://www.williamoptics.com/wo_shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=26_37&products_id=177 
C-GUIDE-R - 100mm Guide Rings - same as any old Guide Rings $75AUD pair: 
http://www.williamoptics.com/accessories/guiding100_features.php 
E-SWA09 9mm Super Wide Angle (72) 1.25" high quality Eyepiece $70AUD: 
http://www.williamoptics.com/wo_shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=25_41&products_id=36 
E-SWA15 15mm Super Wide Angle (72) 1.25" high quality Eyepiece $80AUD
http://www.williamoptics.com/wo_shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=25_41&products_id=37 
E-SWA25 25mm Super Wide Angle (72) 2" high quality Eyepiece $110AUD:
http://www.williamoptics.com/wo_shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=25_29&products_id=39 
E-SWA40 40mm Super Wide Angle (70) 2" high quality Eyepiece $110AUD:
http://www.williamoptics.com/wo_shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=25_29&products_id=100 
F-DDGSCT NEW Digital Display Generation SCT 2" Crayford focuser with thermometer and 1:10 dual speed 
microfocuser (WHITE) $270AUD: 
http://www.williamoptics.com/accessories/sct_ddg_feature.php

F-DDGSYN-W NEW GENERATION 2" DDG focuser for SYNTA REFRACTORS with new drawtube locking 
system and installed thermometer (without 50mm bracket) $310AUD: 
http://www.williamoptics.com/accessories/synta_features.php

QUIK FINDER BY RIGEL SYSTEMS $50AUD
Rigel System only make a select number of accessories for astronomical purposes. The Quik Finder is one of 
the fastest ways around the sky. The Puls Guide is a high quality Illuminated Eyepiece for Guiding or Polar 
Alignment. Amongst others, the Red and White Torch is invaluable to the amateur astronomers: 
http://www.rigelsys.com/

40mm PLOSSL EYEPIECES - CLEAR APERTURE (BIT YOU LOOK THROUGH) 34mm $50AUD
- huge Eye Relief 
- easy to look through!

PHILIPS TOUCAM SPC900NC $110AUD
The Philips ToUcam SPC900NC is a great camera for use on the Moon, 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 
- Camera Thread to Eyepiece Adaptor (for eyepieces around 34mm diameter) $55AUD - $60AUD 
- 5m USB Extension Lead $18AUD (camera comes with 2m lead) 
http://www.technoplus.nl/astro/webcam/webcam.htm 
http://zimmer.csufresno.edu/~fringwal/moon-gallery.html 
http://www.deep-sky.co.uk/imaging/webcam/toucam.htm

WORLD SUPER MAP LAMINATED $50AUD
- 1.9m x 1.1m 
- high detailed Political Map - email for image

PST (PERSONAL SOLAR TELESCOPE) BINOVIEWER/CAMERA ADAPTOR
http://www.siebertoptics.com/SiebertOptics-H%20alpha.html 
Review: 
http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=1229 
$115AUD

20x80mm TRIPLET BINOCULARS
20x80mm Triplet Binoculars are well priced. Fully Multi-Coated: 
http://www.binocularschina.com/binoculars/80mmstandard.html 
$230AUD

BST EXPLORER EYEPIECES $75AUD
FMC - Fully MultiCoated - 6 Elements, 4 Groups 
8mm $65AUD 
12mm $65AUD 
15mm $65AUD 
25mm $65AUD 
Review: 
http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-discussion/125119-bst-explorer-eyepieces.html

HOT HANDS - $3AUD
Designed for skiers, hunters, fishermen, golfers, or people who work or play in the cold for long hours. 
HotHands-2 hand warmers are air-activated and will provide up to 10 hours of soothing warmth inside 
gloves, pockets or wherever you feel a chill. 
http://www.heatmax.com/HotHands/hothands2.htm 
$3AUD

TS FLAT 2 FIELD FLATTENER - FAR SUPERIOR
The TS Flat 2 is a very high quality, top performance Field Flattener that works with almost any refractor 
telescope. It has been tested and approved for many refractors from f/5 to f/8.

In all refractors we tested it with, the results with the TS Flattener were at least equal to, and typically much 
better than any other Flattener we have compared it with, including the Flatteners recommended by the 
respective telescope manufacturers.

With its special layout the TS Flattener allows for the use of Filter Supports, Off Axis Guiders and similar 
accessories between the camera and the Flattener. This offers a previously unheard-of flexibility of use! 
http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/info/p1010_Universal-2--Field-
Flattening-Lens-for-Refractors-f-5-to-f-8.html 
$395AUD

HOTECH'S ADVANCED CT (SCT) COLLIMATOR - S&T Hot Product
Collimate Your Cassegrain Telescope: 
- Without using a star 
- Indoor or outdoor - day or night 
- Focus stays at final view setting 
- Within focal distance from your telescope 
- One-man operation 
- Portable and simple to setup and use 
- Works on CT, SCT, Maksutov, & RC 
Complete information; 
http://www.hotechusa.com/category-s/23.htm 
$530AUD

90 8x50mm FINDERSCOPES $60AUD
Have your Finderscope at the same angle as your Focuser for comfortable viewing. No more back breaking!

- 5 PC FILTER WHEEL INCLUDING 1.25" CAMERA ADAPTOR $130AUD 
- 40mm LONG - 2" DIAMETER EXTENSION TUBES $18AUD 
- CELESTRON NEXIMAGER PLANET & MOON CAMERAS $90AUD 
- 1.25" 45 ERECTING DIAGONALS $25AUD 
- 0.965" TO 1.25" EYEPIECE ADAPTORS $20AUD 
- DUAL LED (RED & WHITE LIGHT) FLASH LIGHTS $25AUD 
- 1.25" ACHROMATIC 2X BARLOW LENSES $45AUD 
- ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT METAL TABLE TOP TRIPODS $15AUD 
- LASER POINTER HOLDERS $50AUD 
- Binocular Cases - suit 60mm and larger Binoculars up to 80mm $10AUD 
- RED DOT FINDERSCOPES $20AUD 
- 11mm, 1.25" 80 EYEPIECES $60 
- F/3.3 FOCAL REDUCERS TO SUIT SCT $120AUD 
- CAMERA T RINGS $12AUD 
- NIKON 
- PENTAX 
- CANON 
- SONY $15AUD 
- PYREX 1/10 WAVE 4" SECONDARY MIRROR (NEWPORT GLASS) $350AUD

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