Best Gifts for Visual Astronomers
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!
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.
the Moon's brightness through a telescope can become a bit overwhelming. Luckily, the Orion Variable Polarizing filter helps to slightly dim that brightness, so you can optimize your lunar observing sessions! By twisting the two halves of the filter you can change how bright the image is. This filter will dim down the image from 1% through 40% of the original brightness!
The Hotech Astro Aimer 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!
The 55mm Tele Vue Plossl Eyepiece has the largest true field possible for a 2" eyepiece and offers the brightest image possible out of your telescope. making it an excellent tool for finding and observing very faint or large objects!
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!
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.
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!
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" or 2" eyepieces and other accessories with a 1.25" or 2" barrel!
When observing at high magnifications, it’s very easy to notice the shake with even the slightest movement of the telescope. These Vibration pads shorten the vibration time by almost 100-percent and decrease vibration amplitude so you can be sure you receive the sharpest image!
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.