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iOptron CEM60 Equatorial Mount | First Look

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The iOptron CEM60 is a center-balanced equatorial mount that provides an excellent platform for astrophotography. This astrophotography mount has created quite a buzz both in terms of design and performance.  With the mount itself weighing in at just 27 lbs, this mount can handle a substantial payload deep sky imaging gear of up to 60 lbs. This opens the doors to countless astrophotography telescope configurations. I've been given an opportunity to review the iOptron CEM60 this month, and hope to share my experiences in astrophotography along the way. This a step up from the capabilities a…

William Optics Zenithstar 61 APO Review

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The William Optics Zenithstar 61 is a doublet apochromatic refractor telescope that excels in deep-sky DSLR astrophotography.  The Z61 is the most portable telescope ever made by William Optics, a company with a reputation for building beautiful astrophotography refractors. In this review, I'll tell you why I think the William Optics Zenithstar 61 is a top contender when it comes to affordable astrophotography telescopes.  I'll cover the features and specs of the scope, and share some examples of deep sky images taken using this refractor. [caption id="attachment_7179" align="aligncent…

iOptron SkyGuider Pro Review

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The iOptron SkyGuider Pro is a portable EQ mount that offers a reliable solution for astrophotography on the go. The SkyGuider Pro makes shooting long exposure starscapes without star-trailing possible. On a stationary tripod mount, star trailing begins to show in exposures longer than 25 seconds. Depending on your camera's focal length, the stars could begin to trail even sooner.  To combat against this, amateur astrophotographers counteract the rotation of the Earth using a tracking Equatorial mount. The problem is, these EQ mounts can be heavy and obtrusive, making them spend more time…