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Best Astronomy & Telescope Gifts 2021

Best Astronomy & Telescope Gifts 2021

by Brian Fulda November 09, 2021 4 min read

Looking for the perfect astronomy gift for the space lover in your life? With the world's largest array of telescopes and astronomy accessories, OPT is your one-stop shop for astronomy gifts this holiday season!

OPT Announces New Beginner-Friendly Bundles

OPT Announces New Beginner-Friendly Bundles

by Brian Fulda October 26, 2021 3 min read

We are proud to announce OPT's line of new product bundles for beginner astronomers and astrophotographers! Whether you're a beginner looking to start visually observing the night sky or you want to dip your feet into the hobby of astrophotography, OPT's bundles have got you covered.

equinox vs stellina

Unistellar eQuinox vs STELLINA by Vaonis: The Future of Astrophotography

by Yessenia Pereyra August 09, 2021 3 min read

The future of astrophotography is looking smart! Learn how you can easily explore and save the night sky to your phone with the Unistellar eQuinox and STELLINA by Vaonis. 🔭📱✨

5/2 – Mercury and Pleiades

On this night, look to the western soon after sunset and catch a glimpse of an extremely rare triple conjunction of the open star cluster (Pleiades), Mercury, and a crescent Moon! The first week of May blesses us with dark skies. This particular conjunction can be viewed with Binoculars.

5/3 and 5/4 – Earthshine Nights

Immediately afterwards, we have another Earthshine night at it’s peak. The Moon will still be in it’s crescent phase. Earthshine nights, also referred to as the Da Vinci Glow, is a dull glow that lights up the unlit part of the Moon. It is caused by the Sun’s light reflecting off the Earth’s surface and back onto the Moon. This will be an excellent night to image the Moon!  

5/6 and 5/7 – Eta Aquarids Meteor shower

The Eta Aquarids Meter shower peaks early in the morning on May 7th. This shower is capable of producing roughly 60 meteors per hour at it’s peak. This shower runs annualy from April 19th to May 28th.  The peak starts late in the night of May 6th. We anticipate this to be a remarkable show, be sure to mark your calendars and don’t miss out!

5/16 – Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse

The Flower Moon. The moon will appear in a rusty/blood red color. Additionally, a total lunar eclipse will occur as the Moon completely passes through the Earth’s umbra (it’s dark shadow). This eclipse will be visible throughout North America, Greenland, the Atlantic, parts of western Europe and western Africa.