A great telescope for viewing the solar system and stars

View Comet 67P Churyumov with a Cometron 114AZ

The 2014 Cometron 114AZ is Celestron’s 114mm (4.49 inches) Newtonian telescope, with 10mm and 20mm Kellner eyepieces, offering stunning 22.5x and 45x views of the planets, Moon, and comets speeding through the solar system.

A great telescope for viewing the solar system and stars
This 114mm Newtonian telescope is one of Cometron’s newest models for 2014

I distinctly remember counting the dollars saved until I could purchase my first telescope. Walking down to the local hobby store to pick it up was a pleasure I had been thinking about for months.

I still have this first scope. I recently discovered it sitting in a closet downstairs, forgotten about, but still usable. I was only twelve years old when I purchased it, from dollars I had saved from my paper route. A 2-inch reflector, I had first seen it sitting in the store window. It had an all white cylinder, with black trimming, and was about 20 inches in length. Mounting her was simple, but the locking clamp was crude, and the tripod unstable at times. There was no way to align the optics system of my first telescope. She was beautiful to me, my first reflector, but she didn’t offer unforgettable views of the solar system. Still, as a young boy exploring a world he had dreamed about, purchasing this first telescope was one of the best gifts I have ever bought myself.

The telescopes sold today to young people and adults deciding to experience astronomy and owning a telescope for the first time offer a far better view of the solar system and cosmos than my first reflector. Considering the recent news that the Rosetta spacecraft will near Comet 67P Churyumov during the coming days, and NASA’s future plans to drop a lander on this comet, lots of people will be desiring to take a look. Fortunately, Celestron is introducing two new Cometron telescopes for 2014 perfect for a beginner. The Cometron FirstScope and Cometron 114AZ. Two new telescopes offering beginners great views of the solar system at a reasonable price.

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Backyard Astronomers Best Friend the Opticstar DS-616C XL CCD Camera

Opticstar - DS-616C XL CCD Camera "Not all single shot colour CCD cameras were created equal"
Opticstar – DS-616C XL CCD Camera “Not all single shot colour CCD cameras were created equal”

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A single shot colour CCD camera with 50 percent higher sensitivity than similar cameras with the same chip

New astronomy products

“Not all single shot colour CCD cameras were created equal”

November 17, 2013 – Opticstar’s new DS-616C XL CCD camera is every backyard astronomers best friend. The designers used the best hardware they could find, resulting in a camera quieter than a mouse in operation, with superior performance. The new DS-616C XL CCD camera also has a larger heat sink and Peltier thermocouple to draw the heat created during operation away from a Sony 1.8″ format CCD sensor, which has around 13 times the sensor area of the typical 1/2″ sensor found in many similar CCD cameras on the market. The best part is your new DS-616C XL CCD camera is ready to use out of the box, just add a telescope and your ready to join the human journey to the beginning of space and time. Backyard astronomers drop by Opticstarnorthamerica.com or a local telescope shop today to have a look at your new best friend.

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