Comet 2P/Encke’s Blaze of Glory

After being photographed at the end of February, showing off 3 green tails, comet 2P/Encke prepares for the final act of this apparition: a week-long plunge through the stars of Pisces toward the western horizon and perihelion. At the end of February the comet had brightened to almost 8th magnitude. Encke’s orbit this week takes it between the earth and sun — which will cause it to reach peak brightness and then disappear from sight . Use the horizon diagrams here to help you spot it. Continue reading “Comet 2P/Encke’s Blaze of Glory”

Tele Vue: What’s in a Name?

Where does the name Tele Vue come from? Just look at the initials: TV. Al Nagler’s initial products were television projector lenses. These lenses were placed in front of your television to project an enlarged image on a screen. That was “big screen TV” in 1977! However, Al also wanted a name that would be appropriate if he ever entered the amateur astronomy market.   Continue reading “Tele Vue: What’s in a Name?”

Al’s First “Space Walk Experience” — in the News

Al Nagler’s posting last week (Winter Star Party 2017: in the Eye of “Kermitis”) described his experience designing the optical system for the visual infinity display simulator used by the Apollo astronauts to land the “LEM” on the moon.  Through a long-term loan from the Smithsonian, the Tech Works! technology museum in Binghamton, NY, has obtained parts of LEM simulator and asked Al to consult on its restoration. Continue reading “Al’s First “Space Walk Experience” — in the News”

#televue40: Show Us Your Tele Vue Images!

Share your photos with #televue40.  M45 with NP127fli by Gordon Haynes.

Creating “goodies” for the observing enthusiast has been our continuing passion. Now you can return the favor by celebrating our 40-years with #televue40 on your social media Tele Vue images. We’ll link to the best ones through our blog. Here are some guidelines: Continue reading “#televue40: Show Us Your Tele Vue Images!”

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”