The Yukon Exelon 3×50 was the ‘wildlife on test winner’ in the BBC Wildlife June edition. They recommended it, as it was easy to use. They found the size and clarity of the image excellent for such a small, lightweight night vision scope. It was the scope everyone wanted to use whenever any animals came into view. For more details on the Yukon rang of night vision scopes follow the link here.
This week promises some good star-gazing in clear night skies. However artificial lights are increasingly blotting out the stars in many places, and to find out how bad the light pollution has become we are invited to take part in a star counting study any night over the next 12 days (March 17-28). The exercise is to count how many stars can be seen in the portion of the sky around the constellation Orion. Orion is one of the easiest constellations to find and even from towns and cities its brilliant stars can be seen without a telescope or binoculars, although a clear night is needed. Further details and a form to enable to part in the annual GLOBE at Night star count can be found at here
The Pentax 80 ED Telescope offers the unrivalled combination of high optical performance & the ability to give maximum flexibility of magnification by adopting the 31.7mm push fitting usually found on astronomical telescopes. For users looking for a portable spotting scope offering high magnifications, using it in combination with the Baader Hyperion eyepieces, easily allows you to achieve magnifications up to 100x with very little loss in optical quality. If your criteria is for a scope that offers the ability to double up as both high quality field scope and as a Richfield ED refractor then the Pentax 80 ED would make for a very good choice.
Smaller, lighter and sharper, the new Opticron HR ED 80 & 66mm fieldscopes offer a host of improvements over preceding models and have been redesigned without compromise in order to deliver truly exceptional optical performance combined with sublime handling and complete reliability.Aimed squarely at the serious fieldscope user, the models are built to withstand extremes in temperature, to operate unaffected by rain, cold or humidity. Purchase either a Straight or Angled body together with an SDL eyepiece before the end of February and we will give you an Opticron 42830 Birdwatcher’s Pro Tripod free of charge.
While surfing the web today I stumbled across this great instructional telescope setup video on YouTube from ‘OrangeTube Video Studios’
This one happens to be based around the Celestron AstroMaster 90EQ telescope but many of the setup procedures are the same for Equatorial mounted scopes. Watch out towards the end of the scopes as they show how to balance your telescope tube to get the best performance out of your scope and mount.
New for 2009, the Trailfinder II replaces the Countryman MC T porro prism offering similar standards of performance in a more compact roof prism body that features nitrogen waterproofing and long eyerelief on both models.
With superior specification and optical quality over entry level Oregon LE WP, the T2’s combination of 7.2° 8×42 and 6.5° 10×42 fields of view, lightweight magnesium alloy body (protected in a durable textured rubber) and positive focus system all go to create a field glass that is both reassuringly comfortable and easy to use.
Other features include;
Fully multi-coated optical system including BAK prisms and PC phase correction coatings
Long eyerelief, wide angle eyepieces fitted with twist type retractable eyecups