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Celestron Cypress 10×25 binoculars. Northern Optics blog 15.2.2018

The Celestron Cypress binoculars were the Optics of choice when a customer came to the Waters` Edge visitor centre Northern Optics weekend display at Barton Upon Humber. Other sets tried in the similar price range were compact 8×25 , 8×26 … Continue reading

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Ostara Elinor 8×45 binoculars. Northern Optics blog 11.2.18

Today a customer came to the Northern Optics weekend outlet looking for a set of 8x or 10x binoculars for general use. But just to prove many people still like traditional style porro prisms designs, he was not interested in … Continue reading

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Sky-watcher Evoguide 50mm ED glass guidescope

The new Skywatcher Evoguide ED 50 guidescope offers remarkable performance at a very attractive price point. Features the renowned  Ohara S-FPL53 glass for the ED element for a crisp , bright view with virtually no chromatic aberration. The short focal length … Continue reading

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Ostara 1.25″ O-III filter

The Ostara O-III filter is a more specialised nebula filter compared to some other types. It is specifically for Planetary nebula such as M57, Dumbell and the Eskimo nebula , plus diffuse nebula such as the Swan and Veil.  From … Continue reading

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Ostara 2″ 30mm SWA (50.8mm) eyepiece review

Often overlooked by the Ostara 26,32 and 38mm 2″ SWA-70 eyepieces, the Ostara 30mm SWA 2 inch eyepiece is a hidden gem in the middle of the pack. Featuring a very solid 420g body with 5 element fully multi-coated optics, … Continue reading

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How to change 1.25″ spotting scope eyepieces

Many modern day spotting scopes now come with a 1.25″ zoom eyepiece as standard. An advantage of this is that many 1.25″ telescope eyepieces can be used on these scopes. The video below shows how to remove and attach eyepieces … Continue reading

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North Lincs astro meeting 8th January 2018

Peter Rea was the guest speaker for the Jan 2018 meeting at the North Lincs astro society . He gave us an excellent talk on Apollo 15, including the Moon walks and trips in the rover.  As with all Peter,s … Continue reading

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Skywatcher StarTravel ST80 telescope eyepieces

Unlike many Skywatcher telescopes including the ST80 OTA (optical tube assembly), the Skywatcher Startravel 80 AZ3 comes with a couple of plossl eyepieces instead of the usual modified achromatic 10mm and 25mm stock eyepieces. These plossl eyepieces come in 12.5mm … Continue reading

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Hawke Nature-Trek 15x50mm monocular review #35201

The higher magnification of the Hawke Nature-Trek 15×50 monocular makes it ideal for long distance subjects such as Plane , Ship spotting as well as distant terrestrial targets. With such high power, holding steady will be an issue. But this … Continue reading

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Baader Microstage II camera adapter #2450330

The latest version of the Baader microstage II camera adapter was been widened to 25mm to allow a secure grip of your telescope or spotting scope eyepiece. Just like the older version it allows you to swing the camera to … Continue reading

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