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Aligning My Newtonian

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Orion Astrograph is Ready for Spring   The clouds finally broke (to a certain degree) last Saturday night, and being the die-hard night-sky photographer that I am, I skipped out on all of the fun social activities taking place that night in exchange for a lonely time by myself under the stars.  Don't get me wrong, there is nowhere I would rather be, but when things go horribly wrong, you begin to question your decision to stay home. On a positive note, I learned a little more about my equipment, and how to deal with the challenging and sometimes frustrating scenarios that come w…

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Astrophotography Telescope Buying Guide – Under $2000

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  Astrophotography Telescope Buying Guide So you're in the market for an astrophotography telescope are you?  There has never been so many affordable options for the amateur astrophotographer on a tight budget.  I am often asked which telescope I use, and which one I would recommend for beginners.  The quick answer is a high-quality, doublet or triplet refractor.  Larger models can be very expensive (and heavy!) due to the high-quality ED glass used.  I think you will be quite surprised at the performance of a small 65-80mm refractor such as the Explore Scientific ED80 I currently…