Equipment: Guides & Recommendations

S&T Test Report: To the Point with mySKY

Meade Instruments' mySKY promises to raise the bar for exploring the night sky.Meade Instruments Enjoy your own personalized planetarium show under a starry sky with this clever bit of electronic wizardry from Meade. Download the test report in our online store, ShopatSky.com. Inside the May issue of Sky & Telescope.…

Equipment: Guides & Recommendations

S&T Test Report: Orion StarShoot Deep Space Color Imager II

Johnny Horne This low-cost CCD camera lets you take stunning deep-sky images with remarkable ease. Inside the April issue of Sky & Telescope. On newsstands March 4th!

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S&T Test Report: iOptron's Capable Cube

S&T: Gary Seronik For surprisingly little money, you can get a well-functioning computerized drive on a stainless steel mount Inside the February issue of Sky & Telescope. On newsstands January 1st!

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S&T Test Report: A Triple-Digit Field of View

S&T: Dennis di Cicco Tele Vue's 13-mm Ethos eyepiece, with a 100° apparent field of view, is poised to revolutionize deep-sky observing, as the first Nagler eyepiece did 26 years ago. Inside the October 2007 issue of Sky & Telescope. On newsstands September 4th!

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S&T Test Report: A Modernized Classic

S&T: Gary Seronik Parks Optical combines a newly designed altazimuth mount with tried-and-true Newtonian optics. Inside the August issue of Sky & Telescope. On newsstands June 26th!

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S&T Test Report: Apogee's Alta U9000 CCD Camera

S&T: Lauren Darby The first astronomical camera with Kodak's next generation of large-format CCDs shows that there's more to be excited about than just size. Inside the June issue of Sky & Telescope. On newsstands May 1st!

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S&T Test Report: Two New Apos from the Same Tree

S&T: Dennis di Cicco Rapidly earning a reputation for quality optics at reasonable prices, William Optics adds two new scopes to its refractor lineup. Inside the May issue of Sky & Telescope. On newsstands April 3rd!

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S&T Test Report: Hot New Products for 2007

It’s time once again for the editors of Sky & Telescope to roundup their annual selection of the most intriguing new products entering the astronomical market.

Equipment: Guides & Recommendations

S&T Test Report: Good Gets Better: Meade’s DSI II CCD Cameras

Meade’s original DSI cameras introduced in 2005 offered an unprecedented value for entry-level deep-sky digital imaging. Less than a year later they have been replaced with the DSI II models, which feature improved hardware and software. While the prices have increased, the new cameras still represent an unmatched value for…

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Meade's RCX400: Raising the Bar

The 12-inch RCX400 telescope from Meade Instruments, shown on its field tripod.S&T photo by Craig Michael Utter. When Meade Instruments announced its new RCX400 line of catadioptric telescopes in early 2005, it created such a buzz in the astronomical community that I visited the company's Irvine, California, headquarters to look…

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S&T Test Reports: Telescopes

No matter what type of telescope you're looking for — refractor, reflector, or catadioptric; alt-azimuth, equatorial, or Go To — you'll find examples among the scopes reviewed here.

STTR: Binoculars

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S&T Test Reports: Binoculars

Almost any binocular can be used for astronomy, but if you really like viewing the heavens with both eyes, you'll check out our reviews of binoculars specially designed for stargazers.

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S&T Test Reports: Imagers

Digital cameras, inexpensive CCDs, and sensitive video systems are revolutionizing celestial photography by amateur astronomers.

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S&T Test Reports: Accessories

Getting the most out of your telescope often means adding filters, adapters, or other accessories to improve its optical or mechanical performance.

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How We Conduct S&T Test Reports

Reader surveys tell us that one of the main reasons you turn to Sky & Telescope each month is to learn about new astronomical products. Thus we would like to describe the mission of S&T Test Report and the ground rules we've adopted for reviewing equipment. Most of these policies…

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