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Celestron Nextar 6SE. A true dual use telescope

The Celestron Nexstar 6SE has been around for a few years now. But still makes for a great dual use / imaging telescope. The 1500mm focal length makes it perfect for medium to high power views. But with the introduction … Continue reading

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Acuter Voyager MaK 80 telescope

Cracking compact MAK 80 telescope to get you started. Simply add a tripod or EQ mount and you are good to go. On testing this spotting scope / telescope, I was amazed by the lack of chromatic aberration. Although the … Continue reading

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Zeiss Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars

The Zeiss conquest HD 8×42 binoculars are a premium set of binoculars designed for general use and even wide field astronomy. A wide 128m @ 1000m FOV and long eye relief make for comfortable viewing. The Conquest HD 8×42 are … Continue reading

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Celestron Nature DX 8x42ED binoculars review

Looking very similar in design with the small red ring around the focus, the Celestron Nature DX 8x42ED binoculars look like a more compact version of the Regal 8×42 ED. That is where the similarity ends, with the Regal having … Continue reading

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Celestron Regal FF 8x42ED flat field binoculars review

Before even taking the Celestron Regal 8x42ED FF binoculars out of the box, you know in advance these are solid and well built. Some may say heavy, I say well built. No corners cut with accessories, that include a padded … Continue reading

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Hilkinson nature line 8x32ED binocular review

Released late 2021, the Hilkinson nature-line 8x32ED binoculars offer remarkable performance for a sub £200 solution. Key features are a lightweight and waterproof polycarbonate body, fully multi-coated ED glass with BaK4 dielectric coated prisms. End results is a delightful wide … Continue reading

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Celestron astromaster 90EQ review

The Celestron astromaster 90EQ telescope is often overlooked by the more popular astromaster 130 when it comes to starting out. But with regards specs and optical configuration , it is more suited the Lunar, Planetary and double star observations than … Continue reading

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Viking Kestrel ED 8×32 binoculars review

Designed for the serious beginner, the Viking Kestrel 8×32 ED binoculars offer dielectric coated prisms and ED glass for around or just over £200, making them excellent value. Although not the build quality of the higher priced Merlin 8×32 ED, … Continue reading

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Hilkinson Skyline 20×80 binoculars review

The Hilkinson Skyline 20×80 binoculars are aimed at a variety of uses, from astronomy, to ship spotting and long distance terrestrial observations. These are heavy, so a sturdy tripod will be required. The large 80mm objective and 4mm exit pupil … Continue reading

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Celestron Astromaster 114EQ telescope review

The Celestron astromaster 114 EQ is aimed at the beginner. Complete with a CG-2 German EQ mount and a couple of eyepieces, it has everything you need to get started. I personally am not a fan of erect image eyepieces … Continue reading

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