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Under the Hood with PlaneWave Instruments

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of PlaneWave Instruments, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of advanced telescopes for imaging, research, and education. Our interview begins at the company’s headquarters in Rancho Dominguez, California, where President & CEO Richard Hedrick gives us a tour of the facilities and a detailed look…

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VIDEO: iOptron at NEAF 2014

Amateur astronomer Paul Chasse tells S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco about his experience using iOptron’s radically new ZEQ25 and CEM60 “center-balanced” telescope mounts.

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VIDEO: Finger Lakes Instrumentation at NEAF 2014

Jim Moronski of Finger Lakes Instrumentation shows S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco FLI’s latest line of CCD cameras, filter wheels, and precision focusers.

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SBIG’s David Morrow shows S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco the latest products in SBIG’s varied line of astronomical imaging equipment.

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VIDEO: Sky-Watcher USA at NEAF 2014

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco and Sky-Watcher’s Kevin LeGore talk about Sky-Watcher’s wide range of astronomical equipment.

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VIDEO: Stellarvue at NEAF 2014

Stellarvue’s Vic Maris highlights the features of some of the company’s newest products, including its new 130-mm apo refractors.

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VIDEO: Tele Vue Optics at NEAF 2014

Tele Vue’s Al Nagler gives S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco an overview of the company’s history and a look at its current lines of eyepieces and telescopes.

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VIDEO: Apogee Imaging Systems at NEAF 2014

Senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks with Tim Puckett about the latest news and products from Apogee Imaging Systems in this product video from NEAF 2014.

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PlaneWave Instruments at AIC 2013

  Sky & Telescope senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks to Rick Hedrick and Allan Keller of PlaneWave Instruments about their new products and services. See additional videos from the 2013 Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Clara, California. Return to our Product Videos page.

Cameras: Guides & Recommendations

Advanced Imaging Conference 2013 Videos

Watch senior editor Dennis di Cicco's interviews with vendors at the October 2013 Advanced Imaging Conference.

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Astro-Physics at NEAF 2013

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks to Astro-Physics technical support staff about the company's recently introduced 1100GTO German equatorial mount, absolute encoder option as shown on the 1600GTO, Right-Angle Polar Alignment Scope, 10x60 Vario Finder with Quick Release Guider Bracket and the Astro-Physics Command Center (APCC) software with Horizons.…

Southern Stars

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Southern Stars at NEAF 2013

Southern Stars   S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks to Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis about his plans to launch a cube satellite from the International Space Station later this year. He also discusses the company's new software for computer and mobile devices for tracking satellites.     See…

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Apogee Imaging Systems at AIC 2012

Tony Flanders S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco and Apogee Imaging Systems’ Wayne Brown talk about the company’s new Aspen CCD cameras, as well as recent improvements made to other cameras and filter wheels.     Return to the Advanced Imaging Conference 2012 page. Return to our Product Videos page.

People, Places, and Events

Advanced Imaging Conference 2012

Watch Dennis di Cicco's recent interview with Apogee Imaging Systems’ president Wayne Brown at the 2012 Advanced Imaging Conference.

Astronomy & Observing News

William E. Shawcross, 1934-2012

Sky & Telescope’s former publisher, company president, and long-time managing editor, William E. (Bill) Shawcross, died unexpectedly on September 3rd. He was 77.

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Santa Barbara Instrument Group at NEAF 2012

Tony Flanders Matt Thomas and S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco take a video tour of SBIG’s just-introduced STT and STXL cameras and filters wheels with state-of-the-art features. They also look at the company’s unique differential guiding system that is about to be introduced to the market.      …

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iOptron at NEAF 2012

Stephen Singer S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco and iOptron’s CEO Hua Jiang talk about the company’s growing line of altazimuth and German equatorial telescope mounts, including the brand new, highly portable SmartEQ.     See additional videos from the 2012 Northeast Astronomy Forum held in Suffern, New York. Return…

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Meade Instruments at NEAF 2012

Karl Glasgow S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco and Chris Morrison discuss Meade’s LX80 and LX800 telescope lines as well as the brand new LX600 telescopes that combine the company’s latest optical and electronic innovations in classic fork-mounted instruments.   See additional videos from the 2012 Northeast Astronomy Forum held…

Celestial News & Events

Nova (Nova Sagittarii 2012) Erupts in Sagittarius

Observers have reported a "new star," now visible in the predawn sky, that can be seen in small telescopes or good binoculars.

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Supernova in M95

Professional and amateur astronomers recently spotted a new supernova in the spiral galaxy M95. But it took a few days to figure out what it actually was.

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