Gear

El­iz­a­beth Pear­son rounds up the lat­est astro­nom­i­cal ac­ces­sories

Sky at Night Magazine - - GEAR -

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.

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