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125 years of Kowa: TSN-883 Prominar Black Edition spotting scope

September 18 2019, Betty Lux

For its 125th anniversary Kowa presents a new, strictly limited-edition spotting scope model: the TSN-883 Prominar Black Edition. Celebrate with us and secure yourself a piece of sports optics history!

Kowa TSN-883 Prominar Black Edition

TSN spotting scopes are classics from this sports optics manufacturer with Japanese roots. As early as 1894, Kowa began laying the foundations for its expert knowledge in the most diverse fields of science – such as pharmacy, mechanical engineering, textile processing and, of course, in the opto-electronics industry. All Prominar products combine the firm’s accumulated expert knowledge with optimum ease of use and the highest optical quality.

Kowa 1894 – 2019

The unique feature of the Kowa TSN-883 Prominar Black Edition is – as its name suggests – the elegant black colour used instead of the more usual green. Otherwise, it has exactly the same features ​​as the Kowa TSN-883. This means that you also get the scope set with its wide-angle zoom eyepiece and practical neoprene case. All together in a stylish package, which you should secure for yourself right away.

Please note: this special edition is limited to only 500 instruments worldwide, with only 250 of these available in Europe!

Infographic: The Astronomy Highlights of Autumn 2019

September 2 2019, Marcus Schenk

 

In the next three months, from September to November, there are once again some great observing opportunities that we should not miss. A special event is fast approaching: the very rare transit of Mercury across the Sun. But there are also other smaller events to be seen.

The new astronomical infographic “Astronomy Highlights in Autumn 2019” offers you a quick graphical overview. This will keep you up to date and let you know what is happening in the sky.

September:

1 September: Alpha Aurigids

The Alpha Aurigids are a fast meteor shower moving at a speed of 65 km/s, which originated from the comet Kiess C/1911. At their peak on 1 September, around six meteors per hour are visible. The radiant, that is the place from which the meteors appear to originate, lies in the constellation Auriga below the star Capella.

6 September: The Moon meets Jupiter

At a distance of just under 5° the Moon is approaching Jupiter this evening. At dusk we see them as bright objects that are close to one another.

8 September: The Moon meets Saturn

While the Moon was seen near Jupiter two days ago, it is today visiting the ringed planet Saturn. Both celestial bodies approach one another at a distance of 1.5°.

9 September: The Moon’s Golden Handle

This evening we experience the Moon’s golden handle. A fairly rare event that can only be seen during a Moon phase of 83%. We can then discover a closed semicircle of golden light on the dark side of the Moon’s boundary between light and shadow. The reason for this: we are looking at Mare Imbrium and Sinus Iridum crater, which is surrounded by the Montes Jura range. While the crater is still lying in darkness, the Sun rises over the mountain peaks and we see the famous handle.

10 September: Neptune in opposition

Neptune is one of the outlying gas giants of our solar system. At a distance of 4.5 billion kilometres, it takes 165 years to orbit the Sun. Its light is en route for 4 hours and 10 minutes before it arrives at the Earth. During its opposition it is particularly easy to see in Aquarius. At 1am it reaches its highest point, around 36° above the horizon.

20 September: The Moon meets Aldebaran

The waning Moon, which is 72% illuminated, meets Aldebaran, the main star of Taurus, during the night of September 20. Aldebaran is a red giant, a star that has reached the last phase of its life. It shines 150 times brighter than the Sun and is so large that if it were to replace of the Sun it would reach as far as Mercury.

October

3 October: The Moon meets Jupiter

An especially pretty sight awaits us this evening: the Moon meets up with bright Jupiter. This impressive conjunction is worth observing, especially as dusk begins.

5 October: The Moon meets Saturn

In the early evening in Sagittarius, just above the horizon, today you can see a conjunction of Saturn and the Moon.

9 October: The October Draconids

Shooting stars appear to be falling from the constellation Draco on 9 October: this is the Draconids meteor shower. As they dart across the sky they are a fascinating spectacle, even for amateur astronomers. The radiant is located near the star Draconis. Draco is a circumpolar constellation, therefore the radiant lies at an optimal visible altitude in the evening sky.

12 October: Amphitrite in opposition

Amphitrite is a sea goddess in Greek mythology and is married to Poseidon. In the sky, however, Amphitrite is an asteroid of the main asteroid belt, which is now in opposition. It is 211 million kilometres away from Earth. It is currently in Pisces below the constellation Andromeda.

17 October: The Moon meets the Hyades

The Hyades open star cluster is very old at 600 million years and forms a V-shape with its brightest stars. The Moon visits the cluster tonight. By the way: the star Aldebaran does not belong to the Hyades.

20 October: Mercury’s greatest eastern elongation

Mercury is at its greatest elongation angle of 24°, but we still don’t see it in the evening sky.

21 October: Orionids

The Orionids are a smaller meteor shower with an activity of about 25 meteors per hour. The radiant is located in the constellation Orion near the star Betelgeuse. Although you can watch the shooting stars all month long, the peak is seen between 20 and 21 October.

23 October: The Moon meets Regulus

Today the slender crescent moon can be found at a distance of around 10 degrees from Regulus, the main star in Leo.

28 October: Uranus in opposition

Now there is another opportunity to take a look at distant Uranus: it can be seen all night during its opposition. With a brightness of 5.6 mag. you can see it with binoculars alone, but it is only recognisable as a planet using a telescope. You will find it in the constellation Aries. To find it draw a line from the bright star β Ari to the just 4.3 mag. dim star ξ1 Cet in the constellation Cetus. At the start of the last third of the line to ξ1 Cet, you will find the planet.

31 October: The Moon meets Jupiter

Tonight we see a slender and only 15% illuminated crescent Moon directly next to Jupiter.

November

2 November: The Moon meets Saturn and Jupiter

This evening we see a nice conjunction of the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter on the southwestern horizon.

6 November: Taurids

The Taurids are a two-part meteor shower with just 10 meteors per hour expected. What is much more interesting is that some bright fireballs may also be visible.

11 November: Mercury Transit

It only happens every 13 years: Mercury passes across the solar disc and we can follow this transit live through a telescope. It starts at 13:35 CET, the 2nd contact is at 13:37 CET, the middle at 16:19 CET, the 3rd contact 19:02 CET, finishing at 19:04 CET. Unfortunately we can only observe half of the transit because the Sun would have already disappeared under the horizon. Attention! Always use a suitable solar filter for your observation! Never observe the Sun without one! Observation without a special solar filter is dangerous and will lead to severe retinal damage. Let us advise you.

14 November: Asteroid Vesta in opposition

The asteroid Vesta belongs to the main asteroid belt and was one of the first bodies of its kind to be discovered. After Pallas, it is one of the largest asteroids with a diameter of 516 kilometres. On 14 November Vesta reaches a brightness of 6.5 mag. and so you can find and observe it with any telescope. It is currently in the constellation Cetus. You can find it relatively easily by extending a line from o Tau (in Taurus) about 2 degrees to the west. A star atlas is useful here.

17 November: Leonids

On 17 November the Leonids reach their peak. In addition to the Perseids, they are amongst the most famous meteor showers. There have been years when these meteors fell like raindrops from the sky. This usually happens every 33 years when the Earth collides with the Leonid cloud.

In normal years, the shower reaches a peak of no more than 20 meteors per hour. This year the rate of occurrence is a little lower, with 15 meteors per hour expected.

24 November: Jupiter meets Venus and the Moon meets Mars

In the last days of November there are two conjunctions: the Moon and Mars, and Jupiter and Venus.

In the early morning of the 24th we see a delicate crescent moon, Mars and, a little further below, Mercury. Then the following evening, in the very early twilight, there is a beautiful view of Jupiter and Venus.

28 November: Mercury’s greatest western elongation

Mercury reaches the best morning visibility of the year from 28 November at its greatest western elongation, now it has an angular separation from the Sun of 20 degrees. Through a telescope Mercury appears half-illuminated.

Solar promotion: telescopes and filters on special offer!

August 29 2019, Stefan Taube

We are offering you – only while stocks last – the following telescopes and filters for solar observation at a very reasonable price:

DayStar SolarScout solar telescope ST 80/1400 carbon fibre H-alpha Prominence OTA

DayStar Sonnenteleskop ST 80/1400 SolarScout Carbon H-Alpha Protuberanzen OTA

DayStar SolarScout ST 80/1400 carbon fibre H-alpha

Now only EUR 1,695. You save EUR 735!

This solar telescope is equipped with a QUARK H-alpha filter. What’s special about it: you can remove the QUARK filter in order to use it with another eyepiece! Lightweight carbon fibre tube to keep weight to a minimum. You don’t need an expensive astronomical mount!

 

Solarscope UK SolarView-50 solar telescope ST 50/400 OTA

Solarscope UK Sonnenteleskop ST 50/400 SolarView 50 OTA

Solarscope UK SolarView-50 ST 50/400

Now only EUR 3,630. You save EUR 2,110!

Unlike other H-alpha telescopes, the Solarview has no central obstruction which ensures higher contrast. The result is that larger solar telescopes from other manufacturers which cost just as much or even more cannot offer anything like the same sharpness and contrast as the Solarview.

 

Various H-alpha filters from Coronado from the SolarMax II range

Coronado SolarMax II Etalon 90mm mit Blockfilter BF15

Coronado SolarMax II Etalon 90mm with BF15 Blocking Filter

 

Other accessories for solar observation

 

All items are brand new! The offer is only valid while stocks last!

Swarovski Optik spotting scope promotion: Get a tripod head for free when you buy a 4-piece spotting scope package!

August 1 2019, Betty Lux

The purchase of a new ATX/ STX/ BTX spotting scope system is now particularly worthwhile. Because when you buy a 4-piece set of spotting scopes, you also get a tripod head for free. You can choose between the CTH compact tripod head or the PTH professional tripod head.

Swarovski Optik spotting scope promotion

This is how it works:

First choose your spotting scope set consisting of an objective lens and an eyepiece module. You can choose from the ATX-Series as well as the STX or BTX-Series. It doesn’t matter which model you prefer, the 65, 85 or 95.

The ATX/STX/BTX spotting scope series are a very good option for observers looking for a spotting scope that not only offers excellent image quality and maximum ease of use, but also maximum flexibility. As a result of the modular design, the objective modules and eyepiece modules can be combined with each other as needed and thus customised to the most wide-ranging requirements. We will be glad to assist you!

Swarovski Optik special offer package Spotting scope STX 30-70×95 with PCT tripod and BR Balance Rail + tripod head

Next, select your preferred Swarovski tripod, either the CCT compact carbon tripod or the PCT professional carbon tripod.

The leg segments of the Swarovski tripods are made of high-quality six-layer carbon fibre. The highest quality workmanship and the well thought-out design ensure stability when panning, turning and observing.

For accessories you can choose between the BR balance rail and the new VPA Variable Phone Adapter.

The BR balance rail matches perfectly with the ATX/STX/BTX series spotting scopes and can be individually adjusted. Two support points ensure a stable equilibrium and perfect stability.

Perfect for digi-scopers: with the VPA Variable Phone Adapter, your smartphone can connect to the Swarovski Optik spotting scope in no time at all to capture your unique observations.

Once you have chosen four components, Swarovski will send you the matching tripod head for free! Not only can you own a perfectly-matched complete package, you can also save money! When ordering, please indicate in the comment field which tripod head you have chosen.

The Swarovski tripod heads have been specially developed for extended observing. The integrated fluid bearing ensures smooth movements without tilting forwards or backwards thanks to the Counter Balance System.

Our example of a possible combination would be the spotting scope STX 30-70×95 with PCT tripod and BR Balance Rail. With this we would recommend the PTH tripod head, which completes your package.

Take advantage ofthis opportunity: only valid for new orders until 31 December 2019!

Infographic: 50th anniversary of the Moonlanding

July 19 2019, Marcus Schenk

moonlanding infographic

50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing: limited edition T-shirt

July 15 2019, Marcus Schenk

We at Astroshop.de are thrilled – a special anniversary is just around the corner, which no amateur astronomer can miss!

Fifty years ago NASA wrote world history! On 20 July 1969 the first humans landed on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

Although under risky and dangerous circumstances, it worked out: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first Moon walk and more than 600 million people followed them live in front of their television sets.

Our T-shirt: All the landing sites at a glance

Celebrate fifty years anniversary of the Moon landing with us and show that you are a fan too.  We now offer the new Apollo T-shirt in different sizes, in a very high quality, limited-edition, digital print.

moonlanding t-shirt

What can you see on the T-shirt?

On the front, the T-shirt features an accurate graphical image of the Moon. It also shows you the exact landing sites of the Apollo missions together with their dates. On the back you will find an image of Earth rising above the lunar surface. When the Apollo 8 astronauts happened to see the Earth rise, they captured this magical moment for all of humanity. The photo called “Earthrise” is one of the most iconic images ever shot.

This Apollo Moon T-shirt is only available in limited quantities. Order your Moon T-Shirt now!

Bushnell Spectator Sport Binoculars in the latest edition of Trekking Magazine

July 5 2019, Betty Lux

In the July edition of the Trekking Magazine you can get your money’s worth from the great outdoors. In the product review various brands of binoculars in different price ranges were presented, among them the Bushnell Spectator Sport 8×25.

Enjoy the magic of nature in close-up

What is the most important consideration when buying binoculars specifically for hiking, travel, and outdoor activities? The answer is really simple: they must be low weight. No-one wants heavy binoculars hanging from their neck for hours at a time. The Bushnell Spectator Sport PermaFocus 8×25 is a real lightweight, weighing just 304 grams. Anyone who thinks that this must compromise quality is mistaken; as is typical for Bushnell, all the latest innovations are on board. This includes multiple layers of coatings on the lens surfaces along with being nitrogen-purged to ensure no fogging due to temperature changes. This can happen anytime when hiking in the mountains, as all experienced hikers know only too well. The best feature: the built-in PermaFocus eliminates the need to continually adjust the focus – ensuring that you can immediately enjoy every precious moment of your tour.

Bushnell Spectator Sport Binoculars 8×25 PermaFocus

The Bushnell Spectator Sport with PermaFocus also comes in other sizes and objective lens diameters. All the binoculars that we recommend for travel or hiking can be found here. Take advantage of our wide range with many products in stock to find your new hiking binoculars.

PlaneWave Instruments software for computer control of Celestron telescopes

June 26 2019, Stefan Taube

You can rely on PlaneWave Instruments’ professional CPWI software if you want to control your Celestron telescope via a laptop or PC.

This software is not only intuitive to use, but also lets you maximise the GoTo accuracy of your Celestron mount.

CPWI Telescope Control software is now compatible with all modern Celestron mounts, including:

 

You can download the software for free here on celestron.com!

 

Celestron CPWI

PlaneWave Instruments Telescope Control panel

 

Some special features of CPWI software include:

  • The built-in SkyViewer star chart is intuitive to use and allows you to easily navigate through the night sky by clicking and zooming.
  • Advanced PointXP lets you create a highly accurate model of the night sky which uses more than 100 reference points to enable highly accurate positioning and tracking.
  • Ideal for observatories: You can carry out alignment directly from the PC, save the alignment model and simply upload it again the next night you observe. Alignment can also be done entirely automatically using the optional StarSense module.
  • Extensive internal database. Access to the SIMBAD professional astronomy database possible via the Internet.
  • Worm screw periodic error compensation: PEC can be done from the PC via CPWI.

System requirements: Windows 7, 8 or 10 operating system, with USB 2.0 or 3.0 connection, 15MB hard disk space and 64MB RAM. Screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher is recommended.

New: Diamond Steeltrack focuser with Steeldrive from Baader

June 17 2019, Stefan Taube

Diamonds really are astronomers’ best friends – at least since the Baader Diamond Steeltrack focuser has been available. It uses real diamonds in its drive system!

In contrast to conventional Crayford or rack-and-pinion focusers, the Diamond Steeltrack’s micronized drive system guarantees entirely backlash-free operation, is completely non-slip and torsion-free – and has a vertical load capacity of 6 kilograms!

Okularauszug Diamond Steeltrack an einem Celestron EdgeHD

Diamond Steeltrack focuser on a Celestron EdgeHD telescope

There are Diamond Steeltrack focusers available for Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, Newtonian telescopes and refractors.

The Steeldrive II motorized focuser drive with hand-held controller is now available:

Baader Fokussiermotor Steeldrive II mit Steuerung

Baader Steeldrive II motorized focuser drive with control unit

The Steeldrive II motorized focuser drive permits automated focusing of a telescope via computer, as well as precise and vibration-free focusing using the buttons on the hand-held controller.

A good focuser considerably enhances observing pleasure and is essential for high-end astrophotography. The Steeltrack focuser is currently the best possible solution available!

 

50th anniversary of the Moon landing: lunar globes of our companion in space

June 11 2019, Betty Lux

Since time immemorial the human race and human imagination have been fascinated by the Moon. Through a telescope or astronomical binoculars it seems so close and yet still it sometimes seems so far away. However scientific knowledge about the Earth’s satellite has multiplied in recent years.

The publishing house Columbus Verlag, one of the very first manufacturers of lunar globes, has created a completely new and revised lunar globe – exclusively for us! Because the relief map is intricately applied by hand, the result is a significantly higher resolution and brilliant image. This lunar globe represents high quality workmanship, made in Germany.

Lunar Globe by Columbus Verlag

What is on the far side of the Moon?

Not only scientifically fascinating, but also decoratively attractive is, for example, the lunar globe “The Moon” from National Geographic. The simple design of the aluminium base and the calming illumination makes this lunar globe a stylish interior accessory. Introduce this inspiring and exclusive ambiance into your home.

National Geographic The Moon

 

With this you can become an astronaut, without leaving Earth

This lunar globe from Sky Publishing with a diameter of 15cm makes a perfect gift for Moon addicts. This model also offers high-resolution image data at an attractive price.

Sky Publishing Mini Moon Globe

 

And if you are looking for something even more atmospheric: we have a Moon Lamp from National Geographic in our range.

National Geographic Moon Lamp

 

Whichever Moon accessory you would like to discover, you can now decide in comfort: here you will find our entire selection in our online shop. By the way we deliver globes free of charge within Germany!

 

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