Something For Everyone Sale

Thursday, November 2nd 2017 09:47 AM

    SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE SALE Our Something For Everyone Sale is just that...we have something for EVERYONE. Meade's LX200 comes in an variety of apertures suitable for just about anyone and now you can get one on SALE! Our LX200 Telescopes are made with both the observer and imager in mind! Take advantage of this sale while you can and get someone, or yourself, the telescope that makes Meade world-renowned.From November 1st, 2017 - December 31st, 2017, you can SAVE UP TO $600 on LX200 Series Telescopes & up to 30% OFF select accessories. SHOP SALE > The LX200-ACF is the most widely used research grade telescope system. This telescope brings Advanced Coma-Free™ optics wit...

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Kiss the Sky Tonight!

Thursday, November 2nd 2017 09:42 AM

The lovely Triangulum Galaxy (NGC 598), visible during the month, belongs to the same cluster of galaxies that includes our own Milky Way Galaxy. Also known as M33, the galaxy is about 3 million light-years away. It can be seen in a dark sky with a small telescope. (Image Credit: Adam Block, Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, University of Arizona)   Welcome to the night sky report for November 2017 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase, so get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard. In the now famous words of James Marshall Hendrix (apparently a fellow admirer of the heavens), "Excuse me while I kiss the sky."Evening PlanetsAfter sunset, look for Saturn low in the southwestern sky. Use a telescope to view the ringed planet before it slips below the horizon.Constellations and Deep Sky ObjectsSome fish, a ram, and a triangle can all be found in the...

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  Scientists on the hunt for colliding black holes should turn their eyes to the quiet, outer regions of galaxies like the Milky Way, a new study suggests. In late 2015, researchers made the first-ever direct detection of gravitational waves — ripples in the universal fabric known as space-time. Astronomers have now detected four separate gravitational-wave signals coming from pairs of black holes colliding and merging together. The fusion of black holes this size — about 20 to 50 times the mass of the sun — had never been directly observed in nature before. Unfortunately, gravitational-wave detectors have a tough time narrowing down where those merging black holes are located. This makes it difficult for scientists to do follow-up studies, or to look for possible sources of light around the black holes. [No Escape: Dive Into a Black Hole (Infographic)] Previous work had suggested that pairs of black holes in this mass range are more lik...

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Monster Planet, Tiny Star

Wednesday, November 1st 2017 10:34 AM

  A giant planet has been found orbiting an ultracool dwarf star — the largest planet compared to its star ever found — leaving scientists baffled at how the duo could have formed. The planet NGTS-1b is situated 600 light-years from our solar system, according to a statement from the University of Warwick, and it is a gas giant about the size of Jupiter. Its star, on the other hand, is just half the mass and radius of the sun. The planet orbits its star at 3 percent the distance from the Earth to the sun, and it whips around a full orbit every 2.6 Earth days. An international collaboration of researchers found the planet using the Next-Generation Transit Survey, an array of 12 telescopes at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile that searches for a telltale dimming in distant stars that would indicate planets passing by. [7 Ways to Discover Alien Planets]   "The discovery of NGTS-1b was a complete surprise to us — such massive planets were not...

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There Is Always A Hero In Every Revolution

Wednesday, November 1st 2017 09:55 AM

There Is Always A Hero In Every Revolution.   Here we have the hero of the Celestron Evolution line, a truly revolutionary telescope.  It is the best deal in the current sale.  Priced at $1999 you get the best optics Celestron can currently produce in the EdgeHd series.  Couple that with the auto-align StarSense system, which would normally be a $349 option, and the ability to control the scope from your smart device or smart phone and you have one awesome set up.  No more searching for alignment points.  No more being tethered to the scope control pad.  Now you have an intuitive control right on your device.  The WiFi connection to the device is really all they needed to do to make this scope the best thing since sliced bread.  It is truly fantastic seeing my children use the scope with their phones and not just be lost inside the phone texting or watching YouTube videos.  It truly has been a blessing and a game changer for my...

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Astronomy Made Simple

Wednesday, November 1st 2017 09:40 AM

  Let The Scope Work For You... The Meade LightSwitch is a pretty amazing piece of technology.  Gone are the days of guessing if you have the proper star in the field of view for alignment.  No longer will the kids say, "Are We There Yet?"  If they do your reply will be, "Yes. We. Are!"  As soon as you flip the switch on the scope the technology dance begins.  It moves, and whirs, and thinks, and beeps, and takes photos of the sky while it aligns itself, all while you sit back and smile letting the scope do the heavy lifting.  The days we live in.  Instant coffee, instant streaming entertainment, and pretty instant alignment...give or take 5 minutes.All of the brawn and brains must come at a lofty price?  Well, now you can save up to $300 making it a little easier on the old bank account.The 6" LightSwitch is now $1399The 8" LightSwitch is now $1699But Wait...Show them what is behind door #2!  Accessory Sale!Meade Eyepiece Kit now $...

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In honor of Halloween, NASA released a playlist of eerie space sounds picked up by various satellites traveling through the universe.  The playlist includes sounds from several missions to worlds such as Jupiter, Saturn and other celestial bodies in the outer solar system. Although there is no atmosphere or other medium to carry sound waves in the vacuum of space, some spacecraft instruments are able to capture radio emissions from bodies in the solar system. These emissions are then transmitted back to earth and converted into sound waves, according to a statement from NASA.  NASA's Juno spacecraft, for example, captured the "roar" of Jupiter as it entered the planet's magnetosphere. The loud sounds recorded by the satellite represent the spacecraft's crossing of the bow shock just outside the magnetosphere on June 24, 2016. The bow shock is formed by the collision of stellar wind with the planet's magnetosphere. ['Whistling' Volcanic Lightning He...

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Jupiter's Northern, Southern Lights Beat Out of Sync

Tuesday, October 31st 2017 10:33 AM

Astronomers have finally detected X-rays blazing from Jupiter's mysterious southern lights, a new study finds. Unexpectedly, the giant planet's northern and southern lights do not pulse in time with each other, but beat out of sync, according to the new work. This finding raises questions about how these auroras are generated, the researchers said. NASA's Voyager 1 probe first detected auroras on Jupiter in 1979, concentrated near the planet's north pole. Auroras occur when energetic winds of electrically charged particles — say, from the sun — get captured by a planet's magnetic field and collide with atoms in that world's atmosphere. This results in colorful streamers of light in the planet's sky, usually near the body's magnetic poles.   Jupiter's giant magnetic field is the strongest of all the planets in the solar system, at nearly 20,000 times the strength of Earth's, and the gas giant's auroras are similarly powerful and especially bright in...

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Mead Instruments SALE ENDS TOMORROW!

Monday, October 30th 2017 04:00 PM

  Fall is here and so are the cool and crisp nights of observing and imaging! Make sure you don't miss out on these great deals with Meade's "SALE" into savings with the LX850 Series and more!   Until tomorrow, October 31st, you can save up to $1000 on Meade's LX850 Series Telescopes andup to 20% off on select Meade Accessories! Your last chance to SAVEon our BIGGEST LX850 Sale EVER!   ENDS TOMORROW! The LX850 is the standard in  astroimaging & visual performance.  LX850 Includes: • StarLock dual imager integrated full time guider• A fully-comput...

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