Eclipse Optical

Eclipse Telescopes now offers the Gotostar retrofit kit ($699) to computerize any Eclipse Telescopes German equatorial mount. It also works with certain models available from Meade, Celestron, Vixen, and Synta. Each kit comes with all motors, cables, and hardware necessary to attach Gotostar to your mount. The heart of the unit is the Gotostar hand controller, with a large, easy-to-read LCD display and an RS-232 port to connect to a PC or autoguider camera. After a simple one- or two-star alignment, Gotostar can slew your mount at 4° per second to more than 120,000 objects, including the Sun, Moon, and planets, as well as thousands of deep-sky wonders such as the Messier and NGC objects. Up to 256 user-defined objects can be programmed into the onboard memory.

Contact: Eclipse Optical, 7385 Avenue de Brunoy, Quebec City, PQ, G1H 4H4, Canada; 866-262-6296; Exclusive US dealer: Agena AstroProducts, 562-972-3738;'s New Product Showcase is a reader service featuring innovative equipment and software of interest to amateur astronomers. The descriptions are based largely on information supplied by the manufacturers or distributors. Sky & Telescope assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of vendors statements. For further information contact the manufacturer or distributor. Announcements should be sent to Not all announcements will be listed.


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