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Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO Review

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The Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO is high-quality imaging refractor for wide field astrophotography.  This compact telescope utilizes FPL-53 ED glass to produce images with impressive color correction.  The quadruplet lens system design results in an ultra flat-field, without the need for an additional field flattener. In November, I was given a chance to test the Meade 70mm Astrograph in my backyard.  My excitement for this telescope should come as no surprise, considering my love for apochromatic refractors.  The biggest question on my mind was just how flat the field be when using my DS…

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 high-performance 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="aligncenter" width="650"] Th…

Collimating a Newtonian Telescope

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Collimating a Newtonian telescope is something every backyard astronomer should experience.  In this post, I align my 8" Orion Astrograph Newtonian for a night of astrophotography in the backyard.  My deep sky target is M101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy - in the constellation Ura Major.  With a proper alignment of the mirrors in this reflector, I should be able to capture a new portrait of the galaxy with my DSLR camera. Spoiler - things do not go well. My Newtonian Reflector is Ready for Spring   The clouds finally broke (to a certain degree) last Saturday night, and being the d…