An astro-gadget guide
From a Moon glare flters, to a long-life power source, we select the most useful pieces of kit to help your stargazing
Moon Filter £31 • www. firstlightoptics.com
The Baader Neutral Density Moon Filter is available for both 1.25- and 2-inch eyepieces and will reduce glare from the Moon and planets. Choose an appropriate density to suit your telescope.
TeleVue 2x 1.25inch Barlow lens £112 • www. astroshop.eu
With 2x magnification this premium quality Barlow lens makes a 10mm eyepiece act like a 5mm, and so on, without degrading the view. The TeleVue gave the best performance in our own tests.
Celestron Powertank Lithium £119 • www. celestron.com
More environmentally friendly than lead acid batteries, with a long life and 2,000 charge cycles, this power tank provides 12V power to mounts and accessories, with USB charging and red or white lighting options.
Telrad Finder £ 38 • www. 365astronomy.com
A battery-powered Telrad refex sight is mounted atop your telescope and displays calibrated circles against the night sky. The larger circle shows the area covered by a standard finderscope, while the smaller shows the area in the eyepiece.
Turn Left At Orion £22 • www. cambridge.org
There are many observing guides on the market and Turn
Left At Orion is one of my favourites. It is useful for owners of typical home telescopes and Dobsonians, whether astronomy newcomers or seasoned observers.