Elizabeth Pearson rounds up the latest astronomical accessories
1 Moon Phase Pro app
Price £0.89 • Supplier Moon Phase Pro http://moonphasepro.com
Check the Moon’s phase, position, rise time and more with this Android app. A 3D model shows what the Moon will look like and where it will be at any given location and time. Available from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
2 Heat Holder Socks
Price £4 • Supplier Go Outdoors 0330 008 1555 • www.gooutdoors.co.uk
Keep your feet toasty during late night observing sessions with these socks. A special yarn traps in the heat.
3 TS Optics 3-inch rack and pinion focuser
Price £359.90 • Supplier 365 Astronomy 0203 384 5187 • www.365astronomy.com
This ultra-smooth focuser can hold heavy loads without tilting. The focuser end attaches to standard threads and the camera side has both 1.25- and 2-inch connectors.
4 Sky-Watcher EvoGuide 50mm guidescope
Price £169 • Supplier Telescope House 01342 837098 • www.telescopehouse.com
The EvoGuide is a high-quality, f/4.8 guidescope which also doubles as a finder, a camera lens or even a travelling scope. It comes with a mount and two collimation rings.
5 Planet Plates
Price £31.99 • Supplier Nuku 01244 563152 • www.nuku.co.uk
Each of the eight plastic plates in this set is decorated with a watercolour image of a planet. Dishwasher safe, they’re perfect for your next star party.
6 Hermetic Case Green
Price from £37.43 • Supplier Geoptik Astronomy • www.geoptik.com
Keep your scope safe when you’re on the go with a case that protects against breakage, water and dust. A pressure valve even ensures that your kit isn’t damaged during air travel.