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We will be showing new Telescopes Binoculars and accessories here plus Photographs and news articles of interest
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Magnifiers and Magnifying Glasses at SBTCMagnifiers and Magnifying Glasses at SBTC
We are extending our range of Magnifiers for 2017 and there are models to suit all uses.

Visit the Magnifiers section Here
SYNSCAN USB TO SERIAL (RS232) CONVERTER CABLE SYNSCAN USB TO SERIAL (RS232) CONVERTER CABLE
Connects to the standard Synscan handset firmware update cable (supplied with Synscan telescopes, mounts and upgrade kits) allowing connection directly to a PC's USB port. Simple Plug and Play. Can also connect other serial (RS232) equipment to your PC via the USB port. Cable length 1.5 metres. Fully compliant with USB 1.1. Supports RS232 interface. Data transfer rate over 250Kbps. OS Support: Windows XP/7/8/9/10. Driver download for Windows OS (32-bit / 64-bit) can be found Here
OVL CODE 20308

Price: 14.99



SBTC at Cosmic- Con 2016SBTC at Cosmic- Con 2016
A great time ws had by all at the Cosmic-Con Show l at the Hilton Hotel Mancherster airport. It was fantastic to meet such nice people both exhibitors and visitors.
People came from around the world just to come to this event and saw lectures from Astronauts
Al Worden, Jack Lousma & 4 time Shuttle Astronaut Kathy Thornton & 4 time Shuttle Astronaut Don Thomas! plus Meteorite man Geoff Notkin from the Discovery Channel.
A big thanks to Richard for organising this great event.
Pictured to the left is me with Space Shuttle Astronaut Don Thomas.
Don is a smashing guy and he does Virtual school visits by Skype which are a fantastic and inspiring idea for school science events. Using a Video projector he can interact with the pupils and answer quesstions as if he was actually there in person.
He will also fly from his home in Ohio to any school in the world for a personal visit.
Visit Don Thomas's Website for more details


Tony Cross from Manchester Astronomical SocietyTony Cross from Manchester Astronomical Society
It was a pleasure to see my old friend Tony Cross at the Cosmic-Con Show
Tony never seems to age at all and he certainly still has a massive amount of enthusiasm for
astronomy and the society activities.
I actually got him to open his wallet and spend some money! that's a first LOL!
Manchester Astronomical Society meet at the Godlee Observatory on Thursday evenings and Newcomers are very welcome.
Group visits can be arranged for Schools and other parties
Click here to visit the website for more info
Stockport Showroom now Closed
Please note that the Stockport Binocular & Telescope Showroom is now permanently closed.
If you have any queries about repairs or any other concerns please call 01709 586086
You can buy from the SBTC Website where you will find most of the items at lower prices
Most items are posted the same day as the order is placed
I would like to thank all the regular customers who have supported the shop over the last 27 years and hope that you will keep in touch by phone, on the website or Facebook
STARGATE-450P 458MM (18”) F/4.1 PARABOLIC TRUSS TUBE DOBSONIAN STARGATE-450P 458MM (18”) F/4.1 PARABOLIC TRUSS TUBE DOBSONIAN
Sky-Watcher StarGate Dobsonians with their huge light gathering capabilities provide the ultimate WOW factor experience for aficionados of visual astronomy. The elegant and rigid all metal truss tube design is easily transportable when unassembled, and can be assembled and ready for use in less than 20 minutes. The mount provides smooth manual operation in both Alt and Azimuth axes. Delivers outstanding performance on Planetary and Deep-Sky objects.
OVL CODE 10242 More...

Price: 3,699.00



POLAR ILLUMINATOR FOR EQ3-2/EQ5 MOUNTS POLAR ILLUMINATOR FOR EQ3-2/EQ5 MOUNTS
This battery operated LED illuminator easily attaches to the exit hole of the polar axis bore of both the EQ3-2 and EQ5 Equatorial Mounts. Provides illumination to the polarscope reticule. A useful aid to the polar alignment procedure. Adjustable light intensity. Battery supplied.

Price: 21.99



ENHANCED DUAL-AXIS MOTOR DRIVE FOR EQ3-2 MOUNT ENHANCED DUAL-AXIS MOTOR DRIVE FOR EQ3-2 MOUNT
(WITH MULTI-SPEED HANDSET AND ST4 AUTOGUIDER INTERFACE)

This dual axis motor drive with Sky-Watcher’s new enhanced hand controller is essential in long-exposure astrophotography as well as a useful accessory for visual astronomy. It precisely controls the telescopes’ tracking speed to compensate for the earth's rotation during long exposure of celestial objects.
The new enhanced handset has an ST4 interface for an Auto-Guider, such as Sky-Watcher’s Synguider. Features selectable SOLAR, LUNAR and SIDEREAL tracking rates, plus additional selectable adjustment rates of 0.5x, 2x and 16x. Also the hand controller has a convenient facility to invert the direction of the UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT handset keys, so you can have the same directions on the handset as you see through your telescope. Designed for use in both north and south hemispheres.
The DC motor drive runs on 4 "D" cell batteries (not included). Motors for both R.A. and DEC axes, motor cables, enhanced hand controller and battery pack are included.
OVL CODE 20300

Price: 109.00



ENHANCED DUAL-AXIS MOTOR DRIVE FOR EQ5 MOUNT ENHANCED DUAL-AXIS MOTOR DRIVE FOR EQ5 MOUNT
(WITH MULTI-SPEED HANDSET AND ST4 AUTOGUIDER INTERFACE)

This dual axis motor drive with Sky-Watcher’s new enhanced hand controller is essential in long-exposure astrophotography as well as a useful accessory for visual astronomy. It precisely controls the telescopes’ tracking speed to compensate for the earth's rotation during long exposure of celestial objects.
The new enhanced handset has an ST4 interface for an Auto-Guider, such as Sky-Watcher’s Synguider. Features selectable SOLAR, LUNAR and SIDEREAL tracking rates, plus additional selectable adjustment rates of 0.5x, 2x and 16x. Also the hand controller has a convenient facility to invert the direction of the UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT handset keys, so you can have the same directions on the handset as you see through your telescope. Designed for use in both north and south hemispheres.
The DC motor drive runs on 4 "D" cell batteries (not included). Motors for both R.A. and DEC axes, motor cables, enhanced hand controller and battery pack are included.
OVL CODE 20301
SORRY OUT OF STOCK

Price: 109.00


M33 From Teggs Nose. 26th September 22014M33 From Teggs Nose. 26th September 22014
Hi All,

What a good idea to go to Teggs Nose tonight, we had the milky way for hours. A few people from the Macclesfield Astronomy Society joined me for some imaging. M33, the Triangulum galaxy, was my target. I had my Ostara 80ED refractor with a Modified Canon350D to do the imaging. A Skywatcher Skymax 102 was used as a guide scope and a Synguider was the autoguider.

I have a Skywatcher autoguider mount to fit them together and the whole lot was mounted on a Skywatcher HEQ5 Synscan GOTO mount. I used a Fringe Killer Filter and a Light Pollution filter together. 20 x 3min light frames were stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in GIMP.

Thats 1 hour of combined exposure at ISO800. The spiral arms are blue but the bright core of the galaxy is more red (old stars).

Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill AstrophotographyChristopher Hill Astrophotography
Follow Christopher Hill and his Astrophotography on the SBTC Facebook page.
With details of equipment used and location weather and seeing conditions.
Also Processsing software used.
 Phillips guide to stars and planets. Author:  Patrick Moore  Binding: Paperback Pages: 256 Size: 200 x 130mm Phillips guide to stars and planets. Author: Patrick Moore Binding: Paperback Pages: 256 Size: 200 x 130mm
Written by one of the world's most famous astronomers, this comprehensive handbook contains colour star charts of all 88 constellations, plus new up-to-date location charts for the planets.
This hugely popular Astronomy book has been republished and is now availaable.



Price: 9.99



Teggs Nose August Sat 23rd AugustTeggs Nose August Sat 23rd August
Hi All,

What a good meeting at Teggs Nose last night. I got pictures of M31, the Vale nebula and comet Jacques. They were all taken through a Tamron 200mm camera lens on a modified Canon 350D (ISO=1600). The mount was a Skywatcher AZ-GOTO mount. I used a Skywatcher light pollution filter except for the Vale picture, where a Baader UHC-S filter was used.

The pictures were stacked in Deep Sky Stacker (DSS has a comet stacking option) and processed in GIMP. I had 26 frames at 30sec for the comet, 60 frames at 40sec for M31 and 23frames at 40sec for the vale.

The Vale picture shows a lot of nebula. It is a supernova remnant and the bit on the right is called the Witches Broom nebula. I can just about see a hint of an Ion tale on the comet.

I have also included reprocessed versions of pictures taken on Friday night of Comet Jacques.

Christopher Hill
Comet Jacques - Teggs NoseComet Jacques - Teggs Nose
Comet Jacques- InvertedComet Jacques- Inverted
Comet JacquesComet Jacques
Hi All,

I got another look at comet Jacques last night and it has moved. The picture was taken with my Ostara 80ED refractor on my HEQ5 mount. Through the 80mm I could see it move over a few minutes. It looks like it has a tail but it is a bit faint to be picked up by the camera.

Christopher Hill
Huge Supermoon To Accompany Perseids Meteor ShowerHuge Supermoon To Accompany Perseids Meteor Shower
On Sunday the Moon will become full as it reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to the Earth, known as perigee.

It will appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons during the year.
The Persieds are due to reach their peak on Tuesday and although an exciting time for Astronomers the Moon will be a bit of an intrusion as the brightness will mean that as the sky is not at itss darkesst that the fainter Meteors will not be as visible. Still a great oppertunity for the Astrophotographer.
Expensive equipment is often not needed today as most compact cameras will have a starry night or long expossure setting (Tripod needed) Please send in your pics to our Facebook page or for our ness and gallery pages.
Chris Hill's Latest astro Images 3rd August 2014Chris Hill's Latest astro Images 3rd August 2014


Hi All,

It was clear again last night so I was out with my camera. I used my HEQ5 equatorial mount so that I did not get any frame rotation in the pictures. I used my modified Canon350D with a Tamron Adaptall 200mm lens. I used a 28mm lens for the wide field picture. They were stacked in Deep-Sky-Stacker and processed in Gimp.

Christopher Hill
Chris Hill 3rd August 2014Chris Hill 3rd August 2014
Chris Hill 3rd August 2014 (2)Chris Hill 3rd August 2014 (2)
Jodrell Bank 30th July 2014Jodrell Bank 30th July 2014
Modifications to Telescope Pier
SuperMoon this weekend 12th and 13th July 2014SuperMoon this weekend 12th and 13th July 2014
Supermoon To Light Up Weekend Skies
The full moon will appear larger and brighter in skies around the world this weekend, ushering in a summer of supermoons.
Skywatchers are in for a treat when the first 'supermoon' of the year appears this weekend.
The full moon will be a supermoon on Friday and Saturday, scientists say.
A supermoon occurs when the moon is slightly closer to planet Earth in its orbit than usual.
It appears larger and brighter than normal and it is especially noticeable when there is a full moon. When the moon is close to the horizon and low hanging, the effect is made even more spectacular and dramatic!
Please send in your photographs
Optical Telescope for Jodrell Bank 10th July 2014Optical Telescope for Jodrell Bank 10th July 2014
Stockport Binocular & Telescope Centre are Proud to have just Supplied a new Computerised optical Telescope at the Discovery Centre observatory at Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield Cheshire.
More news to follow.........
Manchester Aviation and Transport Festival 5th and 6th July 2014Manchester Aviation and Transport Festival 5th and 6th July 2014
The Weather was great this weekend for the Aviation Festival Held at Manchester Airport.
We had a stall in the Concorde Hangar and the day was a huge success.
There was a fly over of a DC3 Aircraft pictured below.
DC3 Fly over.DC3 Fly over.
The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing propeller powered airlcraft. Its speed and range revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its lasting impact on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made.

The major military version of which more than 10,000 were produced was designated the C-47 Skytrain in the USA and the Dakota in the UK.

Many DC-3s and converted C-47s are still used in all parts of the world.
ConcordeConcorde
Concorde was the world’s first supersonic airliner – designed as a joint project between Britain and France
Concorde 001 made her maiden flight in March 1969
Concorde entered commercial service in January 1976
British Airways flew London to Bahrain with Concorde G-BOAA
Air France flew Paris to Rio (via Dakar) with Concorde F-BVFA
During flight Concorde could stretch between 15 and 25 centimetres due to heating of the airframe. She is painted in a specially developed white paint to accommodate these changes and to counter the heat generated by supersonic flight
Concorde’s top cruising height was 60,000 ft – that’s more than 11 miles above the surface of the Earth
Concorde could accelerate from 0-225 mph in 30 seconds and could travel faster than speed the earth rotates
More than 2.5 million people travelled on Concorde
The first transatlantic flight to New York was on 22 November 1977
STAR ADVENTURER (ASTRO-PHOTO BUNDLE)  SKY-WATCHER STAR ADVENTURER ASTRO-IMAGING MOUNT WITH AUTOGUIDER INTERFACE STAR ADVENTURER (ASTRO-PHOTO BUNDLE) SKY-WATCHER STAR ADVENTURER ASTRO-IMAGING MOUNT WITH AUTOGUIDER INTERFACE
The user-friendly Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer provides various combinations to satisfy all you needs for astrophotography and time-lapse photography. It is a high precision, portable and stable celestial tracking platform for sidereal, solar and lunar tracking with automatic DSLR shutter release control. Moreover, it contains pre-programmed parameters assisting you to create interesting time-lapse videos with your DSLR.

Star Adventurer Astro-Photo Bundle: includes the Star Adventurer Mount, Ball Head Adaptor, Illuminated Polar Scope, Dovetail L-Bracket, Equatorial Wedge and Counterweight Shaft with 1kg Counterweight. Shutter releaser cables can be purchased separately for many popular camera models/brands.
The Star Adventurer can attach to any standard tripod via its ¼” or 3/8” adaptors. The latitude can be set by either adjusting the tilt of your tripod head to match your latitude or more accurately with the included Equatorial Wedge. To fit a camera to the Star Adventurer, either a tripod Ball Head can be fitted (not supplied) or to the supplied Dovetail L-Bracket. The Dovetail L-Bracket used in conjunction with the supplied counterweight shaft/counterweight also allows small telescopes (e.g. Skymax-90), with a ¼-20 tripod fitting, to be used with the Star Adventurer. By dispensing with the counterweight shaft, a small telescope and camera (using a ball head, not supplied) can be mounted simultaneously on the Dovetail L-bracket. Using just the dovetail bar from the Dovetail L-Bracket, two cameras can be mounted at the same time using two tripod ball heads (not supplied).
PLEASE NOTE: PRODUCT COLOUR MAY VARY
OVL 50201/50202/50203/50204 More...

Price: 329.00



Fernilee 16th June 2014Fernilee 16th June 2014
Hi All,

I went to Fernilee last night to take some Astro pics. The NGC7000 pic is the best that I have managed so far, the nebula stands out better. The Trifid nebula (above M8) shows the dark lanes that give it its name. I used my 135mm Tamron Adaptall lens with a 2" UHCS filter. The 135mm is not as sharp as my Tamron SP90 but gives a bigger image. The UHCS filter not only brings out the nebulae, it also reduces the false colour in the lense.

For the first time this year I have seen Noctolucent Clouds. You can see them at this time of year on the northern horizon.


Christopher Hill
Triffid NebulaTriffid Nebula
Chris Hill
Noctolucent CloudsNoctolucent Clouds
Chris Hill
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NGC700 From Teggs NoseNGC700 From Teggs Nose
Hi All,

Here is a picture of NGC7000, the North America Nebula, taken last night at Teggs Nose. I used my modified Canon350D with a Tamron SP90 Adaptall2 lens on a Acuter Merlin mount. 61 frames of 30sec each at ISO1600 at F2.5. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in GIMP. It is my best picture of NGC7000 yet.

Christopher Hill
Veil Nebula from Teggs NoseVeil Nebula from Teggs Nose
Hi All,

Here is a picture of the Vale Nebula, taken last night at Teggs Nose. It is a Supernova remnant. I used my modified Canon350D with a Tamron SP90 Adaptall2 lens on a Acuter Merlin mount. 30 frames of 30sec each at ISO1600 at F2.5. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in GIMP. I used a 2" Baader UHCS nebula filter on my lens to bring out the Vale.

Christopher Hill
M16 and M17 from Teggs NoseM16 and M17 from Teggs Nose
Hi All,

Here is a picture of M17 and M16, the Swan Nebula and Eagle Nebula, taken last night at Teggs Nose. The Trifid Nebula is above it. I used my modified Canon350D with a Tamron SP90 Adaptall2 lens on a Acuter Merlin mount. 8 frames of 30sec each at ISO1600 at F2.5. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in GIMP. These Nebulie are very low in the sky due south and you can only see them at this time of year.

Christopher Hill
SCHOLARIS-400  ZENITH SCHOLARIS-400 DUAL LED BIOLOGICAL/INSPECTION MICROSCOPE SCHOLARIS-400 ZENITH SCHOLARIS-400 DUAL LED BIOLOGICAL/INSPECTION MICROSCOPE
The Zenith Scholaris-400 is a wonderfully versatile and easy to use instrument, providing a perfect platform to start discovering the fascinating wonders of the micro-world!
Elegantly designed and robustly constructed, the Scholaris-400 makes an ideal beginners microscope. Featuring dual-LED illumination (transmitted and incident) for the examination of a wide variety of specimens. The substage transmitted illumination allows the examination of prepared microscope slides and transparent specimens at 40x, 100x & 400x magnifications, whilst the incident top illumination allows opaque objects (e.g. coins, whole insects etc.) to be observed at 40x & x100. Supplied with an accessory kit, including 5 x prepared slides, 5 x plain slides, cover slips, test tube, pipette, probe and tweezers. Requires 3 x AA batteries (not supplied). A perfect gift!

Standard Specification:

Magnification range: x40, x100, x400
X10 Widefield Eyepiece
Parfocal Achromatic Objectives: x4, x10, x40
Separate Incident and Transmitted LED Illumination
Rotating 6-Hole Disc Diaphragm
Single-Speed Focusing Control Knobs
Locked-on Stage Clips
Dust Cover
Overall Dimensions 160x118x300 mm
Weight Approx 800g
Supplied with Gift Box
SORRY OUT OF STOCK

Price: 69.99


Deep Sky Images from last night Sunday 25th May 2014Deep Sky Images from last night Sunday 25th May 2014
Hi All,

I got out last night with my Skywatcher Explorer200P for the first time in a while. I used a coma corrector and 2" Baader UHCS filter with my modified Canon350d. The seeing was very bad and I had trouble focussing but you can just about see the central star in M57. The UHCS filter does a good job of getting rid of Stockport light pollution.

Pictures stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in GIMP.

Christopher Hill
Deep sky image 2 Chris Hill 25th May 2014
M13 Chris Hill. Wednesday, 14 May 2014M13 Chris Hill. Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Hi All,

I was out last night imaging for the first time in ages. I had my Ostara 80ED F7 refractor on my HEQ5 mount. The moon was low and almost full so the 80mm was the best choice.

If you look at the M13 picture you will see that the 2 stars each side of M13 are different colours, and there is also a galaxy. I used my new 2" Baader UHCS filter with my modified 350D. The UHCS filter gets rid of most of the light pollution but lets starlight through.


Christopher Hill
The Moon - Chris HillThe Moon - Chris Hill
See details above
Mars Book Mars is very prominent at the moment and we have the Phillips Mars Observers Guide which is an great source of information.

Phillips Mars observers guide. Author: Neil Bone Binding: Paperback Pages: 160 Size: 198 x 126mm ISBN: 0540083879
In 2003, Mars was closer to Earth than it has ever been. Aimed at the practical astronomer, this book looks at what you needed to know to make the most of the opportunity. It includes maps of the surface of Mars and colour photographs taken by spaceprobes.

Click on image or here to order your copy
Saturday 19th April at Tegg NoseSaturday 19th April at Tegg Nose
Hi All,

What a great session at Teggs Nose last night. I saw Jupiter, Mars, Comet 2012 K1 Panstarrs and galaxy NGC4565. The seeing was poor and it was a bit misty but I got some good pictures.

The Mars and Jupiter pictures were taken with a SPC900 webcam through a Skywatcher Skymax150 on a HEQ5 mount. The deep sky pictures were taken with a modified Canon1100D DSLR with a 90mm Tamron SP90 lens on a Skywatcher AZ-GOTO mount.

In the NGC4565 picture you can see the edge on galaxy NGC4565, but also, towards the right edge, NGC4559 with 2 small companion galaxies. In the Jupiter picture you can see blue festoons inbetween the belts as well as the Great Red Spot.

Christopher Hill
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Sun, 13 Apr 2014Sun, 13 Apr 2014
Hi All,

I got my first chance to have a good look at Mars this time round this morning. Through my Skywatcher Skymax150 and binoviewer Mars looked great, but small. I could see the polar cap and dark markings. I captured some images with my SPC900 webcam.

The polar cap is at the top left edge. The dark area below it is 'Acidalia Planitia' and the bright patch on the top right is 'Arabia Terra'. The dark patch at the bottom is 'Margaritifer Terra' and at the right edge 'Terra Meridiani'. The white patch at the bottom left is mist/cloud.

Christopher Hill
Sat, 12 Apr 2014Sat, 12 Apr 2014
Hi All,

This morning I set up my Skywatcher Skymax150 on its HEQ5 mount to look at Saturn. The seeing was good but it was misty. The rings have opened up now so it is a fine sight. The image was captured with an SPC900 webcam.

Christopher Hill
Daylight SavingDaylight Saving
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Jupiter 24th March Teggs NoseJupiter 24th March Teggs Nose


Hi All,

We had a great time at Teggs Nose last night. I used my Skywatcher Skymax102 Synscan AZ-GOTO setup to get a picture of Jupiter. The camera was a Phillips SPC900 webcam with a Celestron Ultima 2x Barlow.

Christopher Hill

Go to Skywatcher 102 Synscan Telescope
EQ5/HEQ5 EXTENSION TUBE EQ5/HEQ5 EXTENSION TUBE  New
The EQ5/HEQ5 extension tube extends the height of the EQ5 and HEQ5 mount so it is easier for observer to look into a long refractor. Installed between the tripod and the mount head, this heavy-duty metal tube adds about 16" in height to the assembly while maintaining the stability of the mount.

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The Moon 9th March 2014 - Chris Hill The Moon 9th March 2014 - Chris Hill
Hi All,

Just as it was getting dark tonight I set up my Skywatcher Skymax150 on its HEQ5 mount. I got a picture of the moon with my Canon350d. There is a lot of detail there.

Christopher Hill View larger image


Jupiter with Shadow transit 9th March 2014 - Chris Hill Jupiter with Shadow transit 9th March 2014 - Chris Hill
Hi All,

Just as it was getting dark tonight I set up my Skywatcher Skymax150 on its HEQ5 mount. Jupiter looked fantastic with the red spot and a shadow transit.

Christopher Hill View larger image


Jupiter - Chris Hill Jupiter - Chris Hill
Hi All,

Before it clouded over I had a good view of Jupiter through my new binoviewer. I bought a Lomo binoviewer from Rick a couple of weeks ago and tonight was the first time I got to use it properly. Jupiter looked great through 2x 25mm super Plossl eyepieces. The great red spot jumped out at me and there was a shadow transit. One of the smaller moons was casting a little shadow. With the barlow that comes with it Jupiter looked big and sharp through both eyes.

I got a picture as well. The picture was taken through a Skymax150 mounted on a HEQ5 mount. The camera was a SPC880 Phillips webcam with a Celestron Ultima 2x barlow. A 1800 frame video was taken at 10fps, stacked in Registax5 and processed in Gimp.


Kepler telescope bags huge haul of planetsKepler telescope bags huge haul of planets
"The science team sifting data from the US space agency's (Nasa) Kepler telescope says it has identified 715 new planets beyond our Solar System.
This is a huge new haul.
In the nearly two decades since the first so-called exoplanet was discovered, researchers had claimed the detection of just over 1,000 new worlds."
Click to see full story

Images from Ligwy Anglesey- Chris Hill Weekend of 31st January 2014

Hi All,
It was very windy but sometimes clear at Lligwy this weekend. But I did get some good pictures. I used my Canon350D with a Tamron SP90 prime lens on a Skywatcher AZ-GOTO Synscan mount. The pictures were stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in GIMP.
Images can be seen below.
Christopher Hill

M101 close up SP90 M101 close up SP90
Chris Hill View larger image


NGC1499 California Nebula SP90 NGC1499 California Nebula SP90
Chris Hill View larger image


Virgo Cluster centre SP90 with labels Virgo Cluster centre SP90 with labels
Chris Hill View larger image


Virgo Cluster M98 99 100 SP90 with labels Virgo Cluster M98 99 100 SP90 with labels
Chris Hill View larger image


Virgo Cluster Siamese Twins SP90 with labels Virgo Cluster Siamese Twins SP90 with labels
Chris Hill View larger image


<span style='font-size: 14px;'><strong><span style='color: #0000ff;'>Tal Russian Equipment. The end of an era!</span></strong></span>Tal Russian Equipment. The end of an era!
One of the very first telescopes that we carried in stock over 25 years ago was the famous TAL1 Russian built 4.5" reflecting telescope. This hugely popular telescope has been a revelation over the years and has proved to be the best quality instrument for the low price tag that it had. Sadly it seems that we are not going to see these any more in the UK as the influx of more modern telescopes from China has taken over and computerised and automatic tracking telescopes have become more popular.
Many thousands of people that bought the Russian telescopes have never looked back and many have progressed to bigger and better things. One thing is for sure, the TAL1 and other Russian scopes have played a big part in making Astronomy so popular in this country and around the world.
TAL Telescopes are built very substantialy and with heavy materials and the mechanics very simple and reliable. The finish in certain areas like the paintwork and cleanliness of the optics sometimes lacking a little but I always fealt that this could be overlooked because the overall quality and the end results more than made up for this.
Although our TAL Section will show most items out of stock, if you have an interest in any equipment in the Tal range,please call or email us and we will do our best to make enquiries as to availability.
See Tal section
See Discovery Channel News ArticleSee Discovery Channel News Article
How to observe the Supernova in Telescopes
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Sky News Article on SupernovaSky News Article on Supernova
''The complete destruction of the white dwarf star in a nearby galaxy could soon be visible through binoculars.''

See News Article

Supernova in M82

Hi All,

Have you seen the supernova in M82? It was clear in Cheadle Thursday night so I had a go at getting a picture. The conditions were not good, there was a lot of mist and light pollution but I got it.

The picture was taken with a modified Canon EOS350D through an Ostara ED80 F7 refractor mounted on an HEQ5 Synscan GOTO mount. I used a Synguider autoguider looking through a Soligor 300mm prime lens. The pictures were made from 61 x 30sec frames with dark, bias and flat frames. They were stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and final processing done in GIMP.

The light pollution has killed the faint parts of M81 but M82 and the supernova are there.

Christopher Hill

Supernova1 Supernova1
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Supernova2 Supernova2
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Stargazing LiveStargazing Live
The series on BBC2 has been screened and you can still get to see it on demand if you missed out. Visit the Stargazibg live website for lots of info and news about events.
Sky at night "We started as a group of Open University students, who were made aware that the BBC was planning to cancel The Sky At Night. This is something to which we strongly object. Since starting the campaign to save S@N
Show saved and returning soon due to popular demand and a petition by Change.org
Teggs Nose 11th January 2014
Hi All,

It was clear at Teggs nose for 2 hours last night and Jupiter and the Moon were on show. I had my Skywatcher Skymax150 on my HEQ5 mount. I used my Phillips SPC880 webcam to get some pictures of Jupiter and the moon, at 10 frames per second. Videos turned into pictures using Registax5 and Gimp.
See all the images Below.


Christopher Hill
Moon 1 Chris Hill Moon 1 Chris Hill
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Moon 2 Chris Hill Moon 2 Chris Hill
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Moon 3 Chris Hill Moon 3 Chris Hill
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Moon 4 Chris Hill Moon 4 Chris Hill
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Jupiter Chris Hill Jupiter Chris Hill
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M42 From Cheadle Saturday 14th December 2013
Hi All,

Some more pictures taken from Cheadle on Monday night with my Explorer200P. The pictures of M42 were done with 30 x 10 second exposures at ISO1600. The close up of M42 has not been resized and is full size.
See image below

Christopher Hill
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FLIP MIRROR IMAGING DIAGONAL FLIP MIRROR IMAGING DIAGONAL
Designed for convenient CCD imaging. The device has a 1.25" nosepiece, threaded for standard filters on one end, which is inserted into a telescope's focuser, and an M42x0.75 T-mount thread on the other end to connect a suitable CCD camera. A 1.25" helical focusing eyepiece tube is provided for visual observations.

In visual mode, the internal lever-operated mirror is angled at 45 degrees to channel the light path to the eyepiece in order to easily focus and frame the image.

In imaging mode, the mirror is taken out of the light path to direct the light path to the camera.

An adaptor to accept cameras with 1.25" nosepieces is available separately (prod.code 20287)

Please note: Your focuser will require 80mm of additional inward focusing distance from the normal focusing position to compensate for the length of the unit.
OVL 20284

Price: 64.99


ADD ADAPTOR FOR CAMERAS WITH 1.25" NOSEPIECES 20287 £14.99



x3 BARLOW LENS  (3-ELEMENT)  x3 BARLOW LENS (3-ELEMENT)
Premium x3 short Barlow lens with T-mount camera adaptor thread.

3-Element design.

Fully Multi-Coated
OVL 20286

Price: 49.99



x3 BARLOW LENS  (4-ELEMENT) 20285 x3 BARLOW LENS (4-ELEMENT) 20285
Premium x3 Barlow Lens consisting of four lens elements.

Fully Multi-Coated.

Brass Compresssion Ring to hold eyepieces.
OVL 20285

Price: 64.99



M31 Image- Chris Hill. 4th September 2013
Hi All,

What a good idea to go to teggs nose last night. The milky way was spectacular, very dark and clear. No light pollution filter used.

I took 47 x 45 sec frames of M31 with my Canon 350d with a Tamron adaptall 135mm lens at F4. ISO was 800.
Chris Hill
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