Excerpts: Al’s Sidewalk Astronomy Adventures

Here Al has upgraded to a 12″ Newtonian.

My high school years were spent scheming and cutting classes to spend every opportunity to work on my shop project. No tie racks for me. A 200 lb. 8 inch Newtonian with a wooden hexagonal tube and pipe-fitting equatorial mount was MY dream project. Continue reading “Excerpts: Al’s Sidewalk Astronomy Adventures”

2” Paracorr Type-2 User Profile:
Oleg Bryzgalov

Crescent Nebula” by Oleg Bryzgalov. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Paracorr Type-2 with 10″, f/3.8 Newt & QSI-583wsg camera.

Employing Tele Vue’s 2-inch Paracorr Type-2 photo/visual accessory, Oleg Bryzgalov in Ukraine has been doing outstanding astrophotography with fast 10” Newtonians. His work spans the deep space gamut: star clusters, emission nebulae, and galaxies. Some of the well-over 100 Paracorr images he’s posted on flickr.com are featured in our Tele Vue Paracorr GalleryContinue reading “2” Paracorr Type-2 User Profile:
Oleg Bryzgalov”

Al Nagler Attends SSAC 2017

Judi & Al at 2017 SSAC (©Ivester)

Judi and I were honored to fill in for a guest speaker unable to attend the Southern Star Astronomy Convention. It was a long but interesting drive to Wildacres Retreat, a magnificent resort used by the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club for 30-years. Located near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the town of Little Switzerland in North Carolina, we met a great entourage of fellow enthusiasts over a short stay to give two talks: the opening conferences talk on Thursday evening, April 27, and a talk the next morning. Continue reading “Al Nagler Attends SSAC 2017”

Tele Vue is for the Birds

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)” by flickr.com user Mark Kilner licensed by CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Used by permission.

Perusing through all the #televue images on flicker, you’ll find the usual images of planets, the jagged lunar surface, pinwheel galaxies, and diaphanous nebulae suspended against the backdrop of the void.  But nestled among these are images of birds. Birds of diverse species in various poses: suspended in mid-air with wings high and legs outstretched for landing, casually hanging below a branch and peering into the camera, or displaying their plumage on the ground. Yes, our telescopes don’t just come out at night — our smaller scopes have “day jobs” as birding scopes. Continue reading “Tele Vue is for the Birds”

About the NEAF Night Vision Demonstration

Customer brought an original 13mm Nagler to try. Worked great with the Night Vision monocular.

NEAF has always been a great show for us.  It’s a wonderful chance for people to get their hands on our equipment and really see and feel the care and quality we put into our products.  While five of us were constantly busy showing scopes, making eyepiece recommendations, and enjoying talking amateur astronomy, no one was busier than my father.  He was giving show-goers a glimpse of what our eyepieces, adapted to night vision, could do. Continue reading “About the NEAF Night Vision Demonstration”

Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) 2017 Roundup

Al Nagler with night vision demo.

The harsh snows of late-winter in the Northeast may have put a damper on some amateur astronomy activity this year. But with the arrival of spring, amateur astronomers in the region were jolted into activity by the appearance of the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) – just 30-minutes north of New York City. Hosted annually by the Rockland Astronomy Club at Rockland Community College, it is billed as the “World’s Largest Astronomy & Space Expo”. This spring-weekend show features presentations by world-class astronomers and scientists, astronomy outreach groups, kids activities, a big solar star party, and over 100 vendors and exhibitors. With the biggest collection of telescope equipment manufacturers and vendors under one roof, it’s Tele Vue’s biggest event and we bring all our scopes, eyepieces, and accessories every year. Continue reading “Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) 2017 Roundup”

Jupiter Opposition: April 7, 2017

Jupiter with 2x Powermate™
Full-size image includes Io and Callisto.
©Russell Croman

Tonight Jupiter is closest to the earth and rises as the sun sets — the planet is in opposition. This will place it in the sky all night long. As the nights warm up into the spring, you’ll enjoy great views of this gas giant planet. Some of the best planetary images are made at opportunities like this. Continue reading “Jupiter Opposition: April 7, 2017”