One of the most popular features we publish in Sky & Telescope is our annual Hot Products roundup, in which we call special attention to noteworthy astronomy products introduced into the marketplace during the past year.
What's a Hot Product? It's more than just something new. To Sky & Telescope's editors it's a telescope, accessory, book, computer program, or other product worthy of astronomy enthusiasts' attention because it . . .
- introduces a new concept or technology to our hobby
- represents a significant improvement in price/performance ratio
- solves an old problem in a new way
- solves a problem we didn't even know we had
- makes difficult observations easier
- makes us wish we'd invented it ourselves.
Some Hot Products meet one of these criteria, others several. And some are noteworthy for other reasons entirely. In short, we know a Hot Product when we see it!
Below you'll find links to all the Hot Products cited in the January 2007 issue of Sky & Telescope.
- Finding Your Way: Celestron SkyScout
- Apo Fever Relief: TMB-130 Signature Series Apo Refractor
- Building a Better Bino Adapter: FAR-Sight
- Faster Imaging for DSLRs: Starizona’s HyperStar M14
- Cadillac of Finders: Stellarvue F50 and F80 Finders
- Learning from the Masters: Photoshop Astronomy
- Learning from the Masters: Image Processing for Astrophotography
- Learning from the Masters: Making Every Pixel Count
- Learning from the Masters: Astrophotgraphy With DSLR Cameras
- Learning from the Masters: Zone System for Astro Imaging
- Bright Idea: SureFire Kroma LED Flashlight
- Forget the Exotics: Tele Vue’s Paracorr for SBIG’s STL-Series Cameras
- Pocket Full of Stars: Pocket Sky Atlas
- Different Dob?: Parks Astrolight AZ6 and AZ8 Reflectors
- Lightweight Heavyweight: Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO Mount
- Cruise the Planets: Burgess Optical/TMB Planetary Eyepieces
- Planetary Processing Power: RegiStax 4
- Convertible Refractors: Stellarvue 90-mm Apo Refractors
- For the Road: LightBridge Dobsonians
- When Old is New: Pentax 100 SDUF II
- Small Wonder: Astro-Tech 1¼-inch Diagonal
- Optimized for Astrophotography: Tele Vue “IS” Astrographs
- Imaging Doctor: CCDInspector
- Bigger, Better, Cheaper: New Kodak Chips
- Laid-Back Observing: Bigha StarSeeker