WE ASKED: What is your favourite astronomy accessory?
My elastic band to stop my telephoto lens retracting.
My Wixey angle gauge: basically a digital level. It’s magnetic and sits under the front of the fnderscope of my Dobsonian. Makes looking for deep sky objects a lot easier.
A Pentax zoom eyepiece 8-24mm.
A binoviewer. It’s good at fooling the brain into making the object appear 3D. Also, with two eyes open you can tease out more detail on the planets, like Jupiter’s belts and zones.
My Polemaster. It’s a great tool to get an accurate polar alignment in a short time without the pain of getting stiff neck and knees looking through a polar scope.
I’ve tried a few different gloves and the best I’ve found are my Cashmere lined Italian leather gloves which give the best warmth/digital dexterity ratio.
My eyes, as I can see a lot more of the sky than looking through a scope; followed by my binoculars.
A 32mm good- quality eyepiece. I start any observing session with one of these because you get the wide-feld experience of viewing and it gets you oriented in the sky, so you can then move on to higher magnitude ones and more specifc targets
My mate’s car boot. It takes all my kit when we go out to observe dark skies.