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Accessories are as important to the hobbies OPT serves as telescopes, eyepieces, and cameras are. Our selection of accessories will cover everything from storage and cleaning to heating, dew control, adapters, cords, and cables. Many of these items are essential to completing your setup. While we understand that eyepieces are telescope accessories, you will find them in their own category in the top navigation bar. You will also find accessories for eyepieces like cases, covers, and eye guards. There are telescope and mount cases and covers in this section, too. You’ll find observing aids like SkyScouts, cloud sensors, flashlights and lasers, and chairs to keep you comfy while out observing. If you need a way to adapt your telescope to another scope or to a mount, dovetails, brackets, rings, and saddle plates are here, along with imaging accessories like filter wheels, extenders, and reducers.
Astronomy Software is an essential part of image processing for any astrophotographer, and is one of the tools used to create some of the most awe inspiring astronomy images. There are a wide variety of programs available, each with its own pros and cons. Some are simple, excellent for beginners but lacking in high level functions. Others are mindbogglingly complex, but immensely rewarding to master the use of. Let OPT help you find the perfect astronomy software program for your needs.
There are a wide variety of low cost astronomy themed gifts and nick-knacks available at OPT, from T-shirts to rotating globes. This includes small scale telescopes, vintage items, and assorted miscellaneous hobby themed items. Rotating MOVA globes make for excellent decorative items, and various T-Shirts can really make an impression on other hobbyists.
There are a great number of quality accessories from Astrophotography, ranging from the essential to the convenient. Some, such as adapters, are a necessity for any imager looking to connect their camera and telescope. Others, such as spectrographs, open up new vistas of imaging options for your enjoyment. Others, such as filter wheels, greatly increase the convenience and comfort of the imaging process, making things much easier for you.
Barlows are accessories used to modify the magnification and focal length of your telescope to alter the experience it provides you. This lets you modify your telescope as needed to target different types of target and application. A few barlows can let you use the same telescope for three completely different targets equally effectively.
There are a variety of texts and books on the topic of astronomy available, ranging from instructional guides to star catalogs that can help you pick out targets. These texts are an excellent aide to any astronomer, visual or imaging focused. There are also books on image processing methods, and on a wide variety of astronomy related topics that are not directly related to using a telescope.
OPT endeavors to provide the required cables to make use of any other OPT product, because we are well aware that many astronomy products and systems require extensive wiring to be used. From power cables to connector cables, we are happy to help you find whatever you need and to supply it.
Collimation is the process by which someone confirms that the mirrors in their telescope are correctly aligned. It is an important part of using most any telescope, especially Cassegrain and Newtonian models. One of the best tools for performing Collimation is a laser; there are various kinds of laser designed specifically for Collimating your telescopes, and other tools to make it easier.
An observatory is a heavy investment, and a major piece of hardware. So why not be sure you have everything you need to get the most out of yours? That's why we provide anything you could need or want to optimize your observatory experience. We have here assembled a variety of items that either where designed for observatory use, or which shine best in observatory use.
Your mount is the firm bedrock upon which the rest of your astronomy system rests. It holds up and controls the telescope, and is a firm cornerstone upon which your astronomy experience depends. So you should be absolutely sure you've acquired everything you need to get the most out of yours, and you're in the right place. OPT provides an immense variety of mount accessories for optimizing your experience.
The telescope itself is the core of any astronomy system, and is the means by which we are able to perform most kinds of astronomy. Telescopes are the instruments that let us look up into the sky and clearly see what's out there, and that's why there are so many different accessories just for them. These valuable additions to your telescope let you maximize the usefulness of your telescope and fine tune your experience closer to your desires.