AstroFest Update: Friends New and Old

One of the best experiences of shows like this is getting to meet our customers. Richard came to the Widescreen stand asking for eyepiece recommendations for his NP101is. He “sheepishly” admitted that he bought the NP101is because he was getting into imaging. He already owned an NP101 but wanted the enhanced features of the “is” version and the plan was to sell the original NP101. Well as we’ve heard from many Tele Vue telescope owners: he just couldn’t part with an old friend. Richard still owns his original NP101 and images with his NP101is.
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AstroFest Update: Widescreen Centre & FoneMate Demo


Widescreen Centre always puts their best foot forward for Tele Vue. They provided me with all the goodies to satisfy our customers — even down to the smallest adapters which I was sure nobody would need. Sure enough, our good friend known as “Mr. T” needed that QuikPoint Adapter bracket. Real “heads up” to Simon and Elena from the Widescreen Center and a big THANK YOU for making it such a good time. No wonder I keep coming back to this show :-). Continue reading “AstroFest Update: Widescreen Centre & FoneMate Demo”

Tele Vue at AstroFest in London!

This Friday and Saturday, February 10 & 11, I’ll be at the European AstroFest in London at the Kensington Conference & Events Centre. If you want to try out some eyepieces or just talk Tele Vue with me, stop by the Widescreen Centre stand. AstroFest is celebrating their “silver” anniversary as this is their 25th show. There will be much to see and do. I’ll give a full report when I get back — Cheers!

Comet 2P/Encke in the Evening Sky

This February, Comet 2P/Encke sweeps by the Circlet of Pisces asterism as the comet nears the sun along the western horizon. It’s easy to find in mid-February, as it appears inside a 5° circle centered on magnitude 4 Omega Piscium. It will be brightest late this month into the first part of March.  Continue reading “Comet 2P/Encke in the Evening Sky”

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in the Morning Sky

 

Crop of NP101is image of Comet 45P/H-M-P. © 2011 Björn Gludau.

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova exits the glare of the sun and is visible in the morning sky.  It will be only 0.09 AU from Earth on February 11, so it’ll be pretty bright — but also very fast! If you saw it in January, when it moved a whole 5° in two-weeks, you’re in for a chase across the sky as it starts the month moving 5° a day!  Continue reading “Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in the Morning Sky”

Countdown: Annular Solar Eclipse Feb. 26, 2017

TV-76 image of March 20, 2015 Solar Eclipse from Norway. J.M.Pasachoff.

After the penumbral eclipse of the new moon on February 11th, we have an Annular Solar Eclipse just a half-lunar-cycle later. Unlike the lunar eclipse, this one will need proper filtering to observe naked eye or through scopes. The eclipse is annular because only the central part of the sun is obscured, leaving a thin ring (annulus) of light around the edge. This happens because the moon’s orbit brings it closer and further from the earth — so its angular size from earth can vary from 29.4-arc-minutes to 33.5-arc-minutes. The size of the sun hardly varies from 32-arc-minutes due to the small eccentricity of the earth’s orbit. Thus, the moon can appear to be bigger or smaller than the sun according to the circumstances. Continue reading “Countdown: Annular Solar Eclipse Feb. 26, 2017”

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – Feb. 11, 2017

Some phase of this lunar eclipse is visible from most of the planet. All phases are visible in the region from the eastern parts of North and South America to Europe, Africa, and western Asia. The eclipse is “penumbral” because the moon misses the deepest part of the Earth’s shadows — the “umbra”. This also means it’s easy to miss the initial and later stages as the darkening is not as dramatic and it will lack the color-cast of an eclipse that includes passage through the umbra.

Eclipse map courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, from eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.

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NOW SHIPPING: New DeLite Focal Lengths!

DeLites with adjustable eyeguard in up-position.

Tele Vue is pleased to announce new DeLite focal lengths are now shipping!  Rounding out the series will be focal lengths of 13mm, 4mm, and 3mm. These new DeLites are of course parfocal with the current 18.2mm, 15mm, 11mm, 9mm, 7mm, and 5mm models. Continue reading “NOW SHIPPING: New DeLite Focal Lengths!”