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Winter Sale – Branded products at specially reduced prices!

February 11 2020, Jan Ströher

Until 29 February, and as part of our Winter Sale, we are offering selected branded products at specially reduced prices – for as long as stocks last!

You can get the following articles at a bargain price in our Winter Sale:

Telescopes

Omegon

Omegon Apochromatic Refractor Pro APO AP 85/560 ED Triplet

Meade

 

Eyepiece

Omegon Ortho 24mm 1.25″ eyepiece

Cameras

  • Meade Camera LPI-G Mono – the universal auto-guider and a handy camera for the Moonand planets for only 152.90 euro – you save 116.10 euro!
  • Omegon CCD Solar System Imager – you can create clear photos of planets for only 88.90 euro, instead of 149.00 euro! You save 60.10 euro!

 

Meade Camera LPI-G Mono

Mounts

  • Meade Mount LX70: Together with the telescopes in the LX70 series, this LX70 mount will not just offer a really good introduction to astronomy, but also, thanks to its robustness, a great deal of pleasure in observing for long periods of time. Our current special offer price of 249.90 euro is another reason to be happy – after all, you will save 109.10 euro on your purchase!
  • Omegon AZ Deluxe Mount – for the simultaneous use of two telescopes for only 388.90 euro, instead of the earlier price of 499.00 euro!

 

Meade Mount LX70

Binoculars

 

Bushnell Powerview 10×42

You can find more binoculars in our Sports Optics RangeThe Astroshop Winter Sale – you won’t want to miss out on these savings available until 29 February!

Lumicon filters at a special price!

February 6 2020, Jan Ströher

The Lumicon name stands for high quality astronomical filters, both for visual observing and astrophotography.

This special offer means we can now offer you a selection of different filters from this American manufacturer at a 20% discount.

The following filters are now available at a special price:

Neutral Density (ND) filters – ideal for lunar observing:

IR blocking filters for increasing sharpness when photographing the Moon and planets:

Violet-blocking filters for reducing colour fringing with achromatic refractors:

Comet filters for better observing of the coma and tail:

H-Beta filter for very faint nebulae:

Also: Colour filters for planetary observing and astrophotography:

Blue filters

Blue filters above all make the details of the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn more visible, as well as those of the surface of Mars.

Dark blue is excellent for detecting cloud bands and the Great Red Spot (GRS) on Jupiter.

Red filters

Red filters increase contrast with the Moon and reveal the polar caps on Mars. Dark red filters should only be used on larger telescopes.

Light red gives a strong increase in contrast with the Moon, as well as allowing easier observing of Mercury and Venus at dusk.

Violet filters

Violet filters are used for observing Venus (cloud structures) and increase contrast with Saturn’s rings.

Green filters

Green filters enhance the contrast of surface details on the Moon, as well as details in the cloud structures of Jupiter (GRS) and Saturn (bands).

Light green also allows better observing of the ice caps on Mars.

Yellow filters:

Yellow filters suppress colour fringing with achromatic refractors and can be used as universal contrast filters for various objects in our solar system.

Yellow-green filters allow atmospheric details on Jupiter and Saturn to be detected more easily, even in smaller telescopes.

Yellow-orange filters increase contrast when observing Mars.

These special prices are only valid until 31 March 2020 and only while stocks last. Get yours now!

Skywatcher EQ8-R: The new observatory class mount!

February 5 2020, Stefan Taube

Skywatcher’s EQ8 series astronomical mounts are the most capable models from this manufacturer. They can carry telescopes and accessories weighing up to 50 kilograms! This makes EQ8 mounts particularly interesting for observatories – no matter whether garden, school or club observatories.

Skywatcher EQ8-R Montierung mit Stativ

Skywatcher EQ8-R mount with tripod

Skywatcher has updated its EQ8 mount and now offers it in two versions: the EQ8-R and EQ8-RH mounts. The EQ8-RH version has a high-resolution Renishaw encoder on the right ascension axis. This eliminates the need for tracking control during astrophotography.

Both versions of the EQ8-R mount come supplied with the Skywatcher’s proven SynScan control.

These latest EQ8 models offer the following improvements as compared to the initial version:

  • Internal cable routing prevents cable clutter and cable damage
  • More connection options for accessories: 4x USB, 3x 12 volt outputs
  • Optimized positioning of the drive motors for improved balance
  • Improved clutches on the axes for a more secure grip
  • Improved clamping screws on the prism clamp for greater comfort and greater clamping force
  • Belt drive on the declination axis for smoother running

Skywatcher offers a special tripod for its EQ8 mount. The tripod also allows portable use of the mount, but does require two people for setting it up.

If you want to set up the mount on a fixed pier, you can simply order the EQ8 mount without the tripod. The tripod may also be ordered at a later date. All versions of the EQ8 mount can be found here at Astroshop.

With its EQ8-R, Skywatcher offers a modern mount for large OTAs – which the latest stage of development has made almost perfect!

Camouflage at a low price: Bushnell Powerview 10×42 Realtree Camo binoculars

January 24 2020, Betty Lux

Only as long as stocks last: We are currently offering Bushnell Powerview 10×42 Realtree Camo binoculars at the very special price of only 129 euro! You save a whopping 50 euro as compared to the manufacturer’s recommended retail price.

Save now!

Hunters, nature lovers and outdoor fans now have the opportunity of securing binoculars made in the United States by Bushnell at an incredibly low price. The Powerview series is one of the most popular series of binoculars offered by this American manufacturer as it offers excellent optical performance at an affordable price. Take advantage of the enormous price advantage now – these binoculars could sell out fast!

Bushnell Powerview 10×42 Camo

Powerview 10×42 binoculars in the Realtree Camo colour scheme boast good light transmission thanks to their fully-coated lenses. These binoculars are also the right choice if you sometimes want to observe at dusk or in poor lighting conditions. The Twilight Factor is very good for binoculars having a 42mm front lens diameter and 10x magnification.

All-round binoculars in Camo look

The highlight: thanks to their camouflage look, designed to match the conditions found in European forests, you won’t have to compromise your camouflage when you pull out these binoculars. They simply blend in with the countryside – these binoculars are a real all-rounder. And an ideal gift for hunters, by the way!

Take advantage of our special offer price of just 129 euro and enjoy exploring the countryside with your new camo-look binoculars.

Regal M2 range of spotting scopes from Celestron on special offer!

January 23 2020, Stefan Taube

The high-end Regal M2 range of spotting scopes from Celestron deliver the sharpest possible images – whether in broad daylight or increasing twilight. They are ideal for bird and nature watching and long-distance viewing.

Celestron-Regal-1

Celestron spotting scope REGAL M2 22-67×100 ED

Right now we are offering you all four models at a special price:

  • REGAL M2 16-48×65 ED for just EUR 629 instead of EUR 699. You save EUR 70! The reasonably priced entry-level model for occasional bird and nature watching.
  • REGAL M2 27×80 ED LER for just EUR 719 instead of EUR 799. You save EUR 80! This model has an eyepiece with especially long eye relief: ideal for sport shooting or wearers of glasses with thick lenses.
  • REGAL M2 20-60×80 ED for just EUR 845 instead of EUR 939. You save EUR 94! Similar to the previous model but with a zoom eyepiece for adjustable magnification. Perfect for bird watchers.
  • REGAL M2 22-67×100 ED for just EUR 1,035 instead of EUR 1,150. You save EUR 115! This model has a very fast front lens and so delivers a bright image even in twilight. This is perfect for observing wild animals.

These spotting scopes offer all the features seen on significantly more expensive models including Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass. The magnesium alloy body reduces the weight by 14% compared to their predecessors. The focus mechanism with fine adjustment has also been improved and now works twice as fast. The Regal M2 models are waterproof and nitrogen-purged to prevent fogging. They come with a carrying case which can also be used as a standby bag.

Celestron-Regal-2

The spotting scope can remain in its protective case while observing

You can also take photographs using the Regal M2: you simply adapt your DSLR camera for the spotting scope by using a suitable T2 ring and the T2 adapter supplied and you convert it into a telephoto lens.

The Regal M2 spotting scopes are the perfect companions for every nature lover.

 

Good conditions for observing Venus

January 20 2020, Jan Ströher

In the coming weeks Venus, our “sister planet”, will become a good object for observing. The planet is a bright, easily detectable object in the morning or evening sky, but it is usually located very close to the horizon with corresponding atmospheric disturbance and rather short observing times. This will improve from around the end of January, when Venus will become progressively brighter and visible for longer in the evening sky. Then the planet will be found easily with the naked eye immediately after sunset and can be observed for almost four hours.

Even good binoculars, such as the Omegon Nightstar are suitable for observing. In telescopes with an aperture from around 90mm, Venus can already be identified as a small disc. Just like the Moon, the planet exhibits different phases, although details of the surface remain hidden owing to its very dense atmosphere. The cloud structures can be distinguished very well with telescopes from 130mm aperture. The use of a suitable filter (violet, dark blue, blue) is recommended to improve the contrast.

Credit: EXAME/JAXA/Divulgao, Brazil

Venus is the second innermost planet in our solar system and is a similar size to Earth. Its atmosphere consists of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, sulphur dioxide and various noble gases. This composition, combined with its proximity to the Sun, makes our neighbouring planet a hostile and mysterious world. As it orbits the Sun, Venus rotates backwards, that is in exactly the opposite direction to our Earth. Therefore on Venus the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east. After the Moon, the planet is the brightest object, but, just like Mercury it is only visible in the morning or evening sky – hence it is also given the designation “morning-” or “evening star”.

From mid-January, Venus dominates our evening sky immediately after sunset on the southwestern horizon. Between then and the end of March it changes its position from about 25° to 46° and reaches a brightness of -4.7mag by the end of April. During this period it moves towards the western horizon and passes through the constellations Aquarius, Pisces and Aries. In April it reaches Taurus and can even be found close to the Pleiades (M45) at the beginning of April.

From January to May it’s best to track Venus using a star chart.

Credit: Planetarium Bochum

Have fun observing Venus in 2020!

The NexStar 130 SLT telescope from Celestron now on special offer!

January 13 2020, Stefan Taube

NexStar SLT telescopes from Celestron are easy-to-use integrated systems that, with their computer controls, reveal the highlights of the night. So even beginners can easily find their way around the night sky.

We are currently offering the NexStar 130 SLT model at a special price: right now it’s yours for just EUR 499. You save EUR 130 compared to the manufacturer’s recommended retail price!

Celestron NexStar 130 SLT

Celestron NexStar 130 SLT

The NexStar 130 SLT is the largest model in this series. With an aperture of 130 millimetres, it collects the most light and offers the highest resolution. Not only are the Moon and planets accessible to you, but also the other “stars” in the night sky, such as the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy or the Hercules cluster. But don’t neglect double stars like Albireo in the Swan! The sight of such pairs of stars is especially appealing when the two elements display a beautiful colour contrast.

The basis of the NexStar SLT telescopes is a single-arm azimuth mount with motorised tracking. This design ensures a low weight and quick set-up. The motors can be powered either using the integrated battery or with an optional mains adapter.

The NexStar computer control shows you the entire starry sky. The necessary alignment of the control is very simple with Celestron telescopes. To start your observing you simply need to point at any three stars and the computer already knows where all the other stars and planets are located.

Take advantage of the special offer on the NexStar 130 SLT now! It is only valid until 29.2.2020!

Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Komplett

The NexStar 130 SLT with tripod

By the way: with the NexYZ adapter and this telescope you can easily take beautiful pictures of the Moon and the bright planets with your smartphone!

Star Theater Pro: Bring the stars into your living room!

January 10 2020, Marcus Schenk

Admittedly, it is nice when we can stand outside under the starry night sky and gaze at countless real stars in the countryside away from the cities.

But what if that just isn’t possible? Perhaps clouds are moving across the sky like an infinitely long caravan, whilst the weather is only beautiful above them. Or the city is masking the stars with its own light – so that even the people of Alpha Centauri can see something of Berlin. Oh dear! Astronomy and space fans will need something to comfort them in such circumstances.

That means it’s time for the Omegon Star Theater Pro.

Space from the comfort of your couch

You can bring the night sky down into your living room and easily project it onto the wall or the ceiling. You observe your own little universe in complete darkness. Or you can view the planets just like from a spaceship and pay a visit to the Helix nebula. You could almost believe that you were really floating in the Universe while lying on your couch – perhaps with a blanket and some soft ‘space music’ playing.

So the night sky looks particularly realistic

Additionally-available discs can be inserted to project the Milky Way and an actual night sky onto the ceiling. We recommend the impressively beautiful image on the Milky Way slide. This disc gives you a very realistic impression.

Omegon Dia Milchstraße

This slide provides an impressive viewing experience

Sleeping under the firmament with no mosquitos or cold

The Star Theater Pro lets you relax after a hard day’s work and imagine yourself in the Universe. That is why our customers like to use it as a compact mood lighting or night light with a 30- or 60-minute timer that can be used to gently lull you to sleep.

How about making it a Christmas present for a good astronomy friend or your children this year? They will thank you with a sparkle in their eyes.

The Omegon Star Theater Pro has all these advantages:

– compact home planetarium that relaxes you and shows you the stars from your couch.

powerful lighting: the stars projected onto the ceiling are so bright that you can even make out the dimmer ones.

– perfect for falling asleep to – switches off automatically after 30 or 60 minutes if desired.

freely adjustable projection distance of the night sky up to 7.5 meters.

rotation of the night sky – makes the night sky look even more interesting.

– a journey into the Universe – the optionally-available star slides let you travel to Saturn, to the Lagoon nebula or even far out to the galaxies.

– attractively designed gift packaging.

The Star Theater Pro home planetarium is a superb gift for anyone who wants to while away some time under the stars. And what are you giving away this year? Perhaps the entire Universe!

The SkyGuider Pro camera mount from iOptron is now available with an electronic polar finder

January 8 2020, Stefan Taube

The SkyGuider Pro is a very light mount on which you can set up a camera with interchangeable lenses or a small telescope. This approach allows longer exposure times and so you can create fascinating wide-angle shots of the night sky.

iOptron Montierung SkyGuider Pro iPolar Set

iOptron Mount SkyGuider Pro iPolar Set

The SkyGuider Pro is now also available as a set together with the iPolar electronic polar finder, which has been built into the mount. With this accessory, you can easily and very precisely polar-align your mount.

The electronic finder has a built-in camera. This shows the position of the northern celestial pole and the location that the polar axis of the mount is pointing at, on your laptop. Simply bring the two points together by turning the adjustment screws for the azimuth and altitude axes of the mount – and you’re done!

SkyGuider Pro mit iPolar

SkyGuider Pro with iPolar

The location of the celestial north pole differs somewhat from the location of the Pole Star. The electronics calculate the exact position using the date and time. Thanks to the sensitivity of the camera and the large field of view, this so-called polar alignment is successful even when the mount has been only roughly positioned. This also works in the southern hemisphere and even takes into account atmospheric refraction at low latitudes!

If want to do without iPolar, you can of course still purchase the SkyGuider Pro mount without the electronic polar finder here.

Omegon DigiStar: The easy way to make small things really big.

January 7 2020, Achim Mros

With 4.3″ LCD display

 

This digital reflected-light microscope offers really good observing possibilities. The ease of use and the fascinating observation results are absolutely amazing. The tiniest subjects such as minerals, minute creatures, electronic assemblies, coins and much more are reproduced, highly magnified, on the 4.3″ display. Here you get a device that offers lots of fun for a very reasonable price.

Images can be saved onto an optional SD card and processed on a PC. Even short demo videos are possible. The aluminium stand is of high quality and neatly finished. The actual microscope head with LCD display is raised and lowered using the rack and pinion drive. The closer you lower the LCD head to the sample, the higher the magnification. You can adjust the focus using the control dial under the display. A full magnification of 200x can be achieved manually in this way. If that’s still not enough, you can digitally increase this in two steps up to 600x by using the two arrow keys under the display. The eight super-bright LEDs ensure that the sample is perfectly illuminated. Of course, the brightness is infinitely adjustable.

The built-in battery is charged using a power supply plug. The microscope can therefore be used outdoors for many hours, far away from any power source.

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