This is the first total lunar eclipse to occur since 2015 and the first Blue Moon lunar eclipse since 1982. This full moon is also the third in a series of supermoons.  But what makes this Super Blue Blood Moon extra special is that it marks the first time since March 31, 1866, that a total lunar eclipse coincides with a Blue Moon in North America.  This map by Sky & Telescope shows the visibility regions across North America for the Super Blue Blood Moon lunar eclipse of Jan. 31, 2018. Credit: Sky & Telescope Specifically, Wednesday's Super Blue Blood Moon will be visible before dawn to people on the West Coast of the United States and most everywhere around the Pacific Rim. As long as it isn't a cloudy morning, viewers in these areas will witness each stage of the eclipse, according to the magazine Sky & Telescope.  If you're not in an area where the moon will be visible during the eclipse, you can follow along w...

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IT'S FINALLY HERE! Meade's LPI-G Advanced

Monday, January 29th 2018 02:20 PM

INTRODUCING... Meade's NEW Lunar, Planetary Imager & Guider (LPI-G) Advanced That's right, Meade's all-new LPI-G Advanced is launching and will be available for purchase FEBRUARY 1st, 2018! Now with a bigger sensor and the capability to take more frames per second, Meade's LPI-G Advanced will give you bigger pixel size and high-resolution images. Your customers can connect it with their Telescope to take pictures at night of the Moon and Planets or connect it with their Coronado Solar Telescope to take images of the Sun during the day. With the capacity to save photos AND video, the astro-imaging gallery will be endless! This USB 3.0 14-bit camera allows for increased dynamic range, allowing the user to experience the universe like never before. The LPI-G Advanced features a large image sensor along with a high pixel count that allows for increased resolution, making it ideal for planets and solar imaging. The LPI-G Advanced has a back illuminated CMOS - SONY IMX178, image se...

Read More associate editor Sarah Lewin will speak with Tingle, who is on his first career spaceflight, to find out how the adaptation to space has been, what's surprised him most, if he would want to visit the moon - NASA's new goal - and what he looks forward to in an upcoming spacewalk. If you have a burning question for Tingle, or about life in space, let us know.   Tingle is a month into his half-year mission with the Expedition 54 (and later Expedition 55) crew on the ISS. He launched to the space station on Dec. 17aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and arrived two days later on Dec. 19.        A captain in the U.S. Navy, Tingle was selected to join NASA's astronaut corps in 2009 and is a veteran test pilot. He hails from Randolph, Massachusetts and holds bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He and his wi...

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It's Fate! | Meade's f/8 & f/10 OTAs

Tuesday, January 16th 2018 11:52 AM

Image of the Day

Tuesday, January 9th 2018 05:05 PM

John Young on the Moon Tuesday, January 9, 2017: The late NASA astronaut John Young takes a walk on the moon in this photo taken during the Apollo 16 mission in 1972. Behind him are the Apollo lunar module and lunar rover. Young passed away on Friday (Jan. 5) at the age of 87. He was NASA's longest serving astronaut, having flown on the Gemini and space shuttle missions as well as two Apollo lunar missions. — Hanneke Weitering       Source: Staff

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Celestron’s Best Accessory Sale

Tuesday, January 2nd 2018 02:57 PM


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  Some changes have happened over the last few days.  We are going to cut the sale short by one day due to the day the end of the year falls on.  All TeleVue orders have to be in our hand by Midnight Dec. 30th if you want the 17% off sale price.  This part might be the most important part of this e-mail.  There is a rumor that TeleVue prices are going up in 2018.  We don't know when, or how much, but we understand it is happening to all the eyepieces at some point.  Now is the time to buy for sure. I hope that you all will make it down through some of the mail and not just head over to the TeleVue section of our website after reading the headline. (Honestly I would probably would be one of those that just clicks the link.)  Handy link for those ready to go now for eyepieces.  Another handy link for barlows and Powermates.  As sales move fast and furious, never fear if inventory...

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Coronado P.S.T. Sale

Thursday, December 28th 2017 12:20 PM

That's Right, Save Up To $250 On A Tiny Titan.This scope has introduced so many people to the sun. For some it is the start of their fascination with our closest star, for others the scope is all they will ever need for solar observation. Everyone needs a place to begin and this scope is just what the doctor ordered. The "standard" P.S.T. is on sale for $549 saving you $150. The Coronado Personal Solar Telescope represents an economical new approach to serious solar viewing. The PST shows you much more of the living Sun than an ordinary glass or Mylar white light solar filter that shows only sunspots. For no more than the cost of a single premium eyepiece, the PST reveals the ever-changing tapestry of prominences leaping off the edges of the solar disk and the explosive upheavals of flares and filaments on the face of the Sun. All of this is visible in addition to sunspots in exquisite detail. Next comes the P.S.T. Double Stack. This is as high-performance a P.S.T. as you can...

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Opt Sales Expiring Soon

Thursday, December 28th 2017 12:11 PM