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.
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
Spica Eyes Telescopes - equally
incredible all metal "fast" telescopes. Primary
mirrors by Lightholder, Kennedy and Lockwood.
Teeter Telescopes - Excellent
custom truss telescopes, specialize in long focal length
planet killer Newtonions
Large Primary MirrorsLightholder Optics
Narrow field eyepieces
Genuine orthoscopics - Apparently the same source as the
UO HD orthos, these are very hard to find but...
Baader Classic orthoscopics - They
claim that the coatings is better than the BGO and at a
price of $74! Pretty good.
Sky Surveys and Professional Resources
DSS - POSS Digital Sky Survey
SDSS - Sloan Digital Sky Survey
with new DR8 data release
- NASA Extragalactic Database
SIMBAD - SIMBAD astronomical
- Data for the Physics of Galaxies
Observers (The Astronomy Connection)
Adventures of Deep Space by Steve
Gottlieb, Mark Wagner, et al
Steve Gottlieb's NGC/IC Observing
Notes - This is the most complete contemporary
observing notes observed by one of the best observers on
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
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
Clear Skies Observing Guides -
Victor van Wulfen's observing guides.
Deep Sky sketches
Bertrand Laville Deep Sky Drawings
Uwe Glahn - Deepsky-visuell
- Belt of Venus
Vendors and Equipment
Astronomics - sponsor of CloudyNights.com
Astro - All sorts of accessories. Good source for
various sized eyepiece caps and guards.
- If you need any accessory or gadget, look here first.
Camera Concepts and Telescope Solutions - Traveling store, appears in many star parties
Collimation 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.
Catseye Collimation Tools - The
best manual Newtonian tools. I use the 2" set with
a red (soon to be white triangle)
Astronomy Forums and Associations
- excellent astronomy forum
Sky Forum - Excellent forum for deep sky hounds
Dark Star Parties
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