Best Gifts for Visual Astronomers
OPT GIFT CARD
If you're not sure what type of telescope to get your astronomy enthusiast, a gift card is the perfect way to let them choose the perfect one!
HUBBLE OPTICS 5 STAR ARTIFICAL STAR
Collimation is one of the biggest contributing factors to image quality. The ultimate method to test and collimate your telescope is via a star test. The Hubble Optics 5-Star Artificial Star allows you to check the alignment of your optics at any time!. With the artificial star, you are also no longer at the mercy of the weather to perfectly collimate your optics.
TPO ND96 MOON FILTER & CASE
The Moon's brightness through a telescope can become a bit overwhelming. Luckily, the TPO ND96 Moon filter helps to slightly dim that brightness, so you can optimize your lunar observing sessions!
HOTECH ASTRO AIMER G3- RED/WHITE LED FLASHLIGHT WITH GREEN LASER POINTER
The Hotech Astro Aimer is an astronomy must-have! This device which dually acts as a flashlight and laser pointer has switchable white and red LEDs with variable brightness controls. It also includes a High power 5mW Green Laser Pointer which makes it easy to point out regions in the night sky!
TPO 50MM SUPERVIEW EYEPIECE - 2-INCHES
The TPO 50mm Superview Eyepiece has fully multicoated optics with blackened edges to minimize light reflection and maximize contrast and light transmission. It has a great extended field eyepiece for longer focal length good for large nebula and open clusters. For shorter focal length, this eyepiece is fantastic for large objects such as the Orion nebula, views of the full lunar disc, large open clusters and more!
CELESTRON ULTRA HIGH CONTRAST LIGHT POLLUTION REDUCTION FILTER
The Celestron Light Pollution Reduction (LPR) Filters are designed to selectively reduce the transmission of certain wavelengths of light, specifically the wavelengths found in mercury vapor or low-pressure sodium vapor street lamps. The filter reduces sky glow, darkens the sky while enhancing the contrast of the emission nebulae. This is a perfect addition to a setup for anyone who lives in a city or suburban area!
OPT TELESCOPE OPTICS CLEANING KIT
This cleaning kit comes with everything you need to last you a lifetime and to ensure your optics stay in top shape! The cleaning and rinse solutions were developed by Dr. Clay Sherrod from Arkansas Sky Observatory to provide a formula that would deliver excellent, streak-free results on telescope corrector plates, refractor lenses, eyepieces, and mirrors.
TELRAD FINDER SCOPE WITH MOUNTING BASE
Both beginning and experienced astronomers will benefit from this easy-to-use and easy to install finder. Simply place the star in the center of the bullseye and start star hopping! The Telrad's red circle view makes it easy to compare to star charts and find objects, no wonder the Telrad reflex finder is one of the most popular astronomy accessories!
TPO PREMIUM 5-PIECE VISUAL TELESCOPE FILTER SET
Different color filters will enhance contrast in specific regions, enabling you to get a better view of specific details on planets or nebulae. TPO has put together a filter set that includes the most useful color filters for visual astronomy. They are anti-reflection coated to prevent glaring and ghosting and are threaded to fit either 1.25-inch or 2-inch eyepieces and other accessories with a 1.25-inch or 2-inch barrel!
CELESTRON NEXYZ 3-AXIS UNIVERSAL SMARTPHONE ADAPTER
The Celestron NexYZ smartphone adapter provides a sturdy dock for your phone letting you capture clear images of the Moon and more! The NexYZ gives you the power to place your phone on the platform, center it over the eyepiece, and move up or down over the eyepiece until you have the entire field of view in your shot. From start to finish, the process takes only about 30 seconds.
TPO 2X ED BIG BARLOW 2-INCH
Barlows are a great way to increase the magnification of the eyepieces that you already own. The TPO 2X ED Big Barlow doubles the magnification of any eyepiece and can extend the eye relief for a more comfortable view. This premium Barlow is made of high-quality materials, including Extra Low Dispersion (ED), fully multi-coated glass for higher contrast, sharper images!
Didn't find a gift that was just quite right? We've all been there, but no worries, maybe we're just looking at the wrong list! Perhaps you or your loved one is more interested in astrophotography or the generally fascinating field of astronomy? We're sure you'll find that perfect gift.