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Review: Vixen Polarie Camera Tracker

We test Vixen’s new compact tracker, designed for exposures of minutes, not seconds, and portable enough to take to sites far from light pollution. Read more ›

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Review: iOptron MiniTower Pro

Does this compact black-box mount do the job? Read more ›

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Review: Sky-Watcher’s New Dual-Mode Mount

This hefty mount can operate as either an altazimuth or an equatorial, promising accurate GoTo and tracking. We put it through its paces. Read more ›

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Review: iOptron’s SkyTracker Ultraportable Camera Mount

Compact and practical tracking platforms upgrade your DSLR’s astro-potential without the need for a telescope mount — or a telescope. We test the latest entry. Read more ›

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Review: The Versatile AllView Mount

Sky-Watcher’s innovative new mount works for both telescopes and time-lapse astro-imaging. Read more ›

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GoTo Telescopes Reconsidered

How one experienced observer joined the GoTo-telescope brigade. Read more ›

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Choosing a Big Scope First

Sometimes it makes sense to dive into the deep end of the pool. Read more ›

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Review: MallinCam VSS+ Colour Video Camera

A new window on the universe from your backyard. Read more ›

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Small-Scope Appreciation

You don’t need a big telescope to have big-time fun exploring the wonders of the night sky. Read more ›

Categories: Moon and Planets, Telescopes and Accessories

Choosing Binoculars for Stargazing

These double-barrelled optical wonders will enhance your exploration of the night sky. Read more ›

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Telescope Glossary

Can’t tell a Maksutov from a Newtonian?  In the dark about the difference between resolution and focal ratio?  This  glossary of optical terminology will help. Read more ›

Categories: Getting Started, Teachers and Students, Telescopes and Accessories

Tips for First-Telescope Buyers

By the time you’re ready to buy your second telescope, you’ll likely know what you want. But that first purchase is often a shot in the dark. Read more ›

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