See Tele Vue at 2017 All Arizona Messier Marathon

This March 25/26th Tele Vue will again visit the All Arizona Messier Marathon ‚ÄĒ 2-hours west of Phoenix, AZ. Look for John Rhodes¬†at the Tele Vue banner. Did you know about the loaner program? John can loan you Tele Vue equipment to use for the night. It’s the ultimate¬†try-before-you-buy experience! Continue reading “See Tele Vue at 2017 All Arizona Messier Marathon”

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‚Äôs orbit this week takes it between the earth and sun ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄúKermitis‚ÄĚ) 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!”

Welcome to Our 40th Year!

For¬†40-years Tele Vue has focused on a singular target; delivering a customer experience “…even better than you imagined.” From product¬†concept through¬†to customer service, Tele¬†Vue delivers a level of quality few others can match.¬† Stay tuned to this blog for the latest Tele Vue news and comments from the Tele Vue staff.

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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¬į 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 ‚ÄĒ but also very fast! If you saw it in January, when it moved a whole¬†5¬į in two-weeks, you’re in for a chase across the sky¬†as it starts the month¬†moving 5¬į a day!¬† Continue reading “Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in the Morning Sky”