Links (many are being added at this time)
Truss Telescopes (16" or larger)
Starmaster Telescopes - Optically excellent telescopes. Rick offers very fast telescopes (f/3.6 and f/3.3) along with the standard f/4.0 to f/4.3. Zambuto and Lockwood are the primary mirror makers for these telescopes. I own a 30" Starmaster.
Obsession Telescopes - Very well made telescopes. If you want one quick, this is the way to go. Take a look at the UC model, very nice and an 18" UC will fit in the smallest trunk. They just released the 22" f/4.2 UC and it is very stiff. They use primarily OMI mirrors.
OMI (Optical Mechanics) EVO-30 - All metal 30" telescope built by OMI. I played with it at TSP '09. Very stiff scope.
StarStructure Telescopes -
incredible all aluminum "fast" telescopes. Mainly
Zambuto and Kennedy mirrors. Several of my
observing friends uses StarStructures, namely; Steve
Gottlieb, Alan Agruwal and Bob Douglas
Eyes Telescopes - equally incredible all metal
"fast" telescopes. Primary mirrors by Lightholder,
Kennedy and Lockwood.
Large Primary MirrorsLightholder Optics
Narrow field eyepieces
Baader Genuine orthoscopics -
Apparently the same source as the UO HD orthos, these
are very hard to find but...
Sky Surveys and Professional Resources
DSS - POSS Digital Sky Survey
- Sloan Digital Sky Survey with new DR8 data release
- NASA Extragalactic Database
SIMBAD astronomical database
HyperLeda - Data
for the Physics of Galaxies
Adventures of Deep Space by Steve
Gottlieb, Mark Wagner, et al
Gottlieb's NGC/IC Observing Notes - This is the
most complete contemporary observing notes observed by
one of the best observers on this planet.
Albert Highe's site containing
good stuff on Abell Galaxy Clusters
Deep Sky Resources
Deep Sky-Visuall - German
observer, Uwe Glahn
Arp Peculiar Galaxies by Dennis Webb
Blackskies - Doug Snyder's awesome planetary observers site
Visual Deep Sky Observing - Faith Jordan (UK)
Astro-Visuall - German Deep Sky website
Cosmic Voyage - Bill Ferris Deep Sky page
Telescope and Deep Sky - Reiner Vogel
Visual Sky Assist - DSO search tool. Pretty neat.
Astronomy - Alan Dyer and Terence Dickinson
Deep Sky sketches
Bertrand Laville Deep Sky Drawings
Uwe Glahn - Deepsky-visuell
Jeremy Perez - Belt of Venus
Vendors and Equipment
Astronomics - sponsor of CloudyNights.com
Oceanside Telescopes - Located in Southern California
Astro - All sorts of accessories. Good source for
various sized eyepiece caps and guards.
Scopestuff - If you need any
accessory or gadget, look here first.
Camera Concepts and Telescope Solutions - Traveling store, appears in many star parties
Dark Skies Apparel - The famed
Observer's vest with hood. Must have for all
serious deep sky observers.
Tools - I use the Blug when I arrive at the site
too late to use the Autocollimator. The accuracy
is excellent with my f/4 reflector.
Collimation Tools - The best manual Newtonian
tools. I use the 2" set with a red (soon to be
Astronomy Forums and Associations
CloudyNights - excellent astronomy forum
TAC - The Bay Area premier observers group
Dark Star Parties
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