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

Sky at Night Magazine - - AT A GLANCE -

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.

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