Elizabeth Pearson rounds up the latest astronomical accessories
1 Celestron PowerTank Lithium Pro
Price £239 • Supplier Harrison Telescope 01322 403407 • www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk
This 20x15x10cm powertank will keep your electronics charged for up to 17 hours. Lightweight and with multiple ports, it’s a great power source for remote observing trips.
2 Heated body warmer
Price £104.99 • Supplier Sports Bike Shop 01205 360099 • www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk
With three heated panels covering your chest and lower back, this toasty vest will keep you warm throughout the night. Requires an external battery pack.
3 T2 female dust cap for M42x0.75
Price £4.95 • Supplier Northern Optics 01724 782022 • www.northernoptics.co.uk
Keep the dust out of your optics using these screw caps. Designed to fit the standard M42x0.75 thread used on most T-adaptors, Barlow lenses and focusers.
4 Farpoint 2-inch desiccant cap
Price £48.60 • Supplier 365astronomy 020 3384 5187 • www.365astronomy.com
Fill the cap with desiccant sachets, then slide it into the drawtube of your scope to keep your optics moisture free during storage.
5 Meteorite necklace
Price £35 • Supplier MSG meteorites msg-meteorites.co.uk
Carry a shooting star with you wherever you go. This necklace contains a slice of meteorite that’s been specially treated to bring out the beautiful Widmanstätten pattern.
6 Coast red-white clip light
Price £15.99 • Supplier ITS 020 8532 5000 • www.its.co.uk
Clip this LED torch onto clothing, tents or your bag to keep your hands free. Provides both white and red light, and is impact and weather resistant. Runs on two AAA batteries.