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Category Archive: Astronomy: reviews

Equipment reviews

Nov 12 2015

Avalon M-Zero Mount and StarGo Motor Drive


mzero-15 German Equatorial mounts are probably the most popular type of mount, available in a wide range of builds, load capacities and price.…

May 20 2008

Pointing a Sword, or better… a “Gladius” at the Heavens!



The Gladius proudly riding my Losmandy G11!

Nowadays, high-resolution imaging of the solar system bodies is one of the few sectors of astronomy where amateurs can still make their significant contribution not only from a purely esthetical, but also from a scientific standpoint.…

Mar 24 2008

Magzero MZ-5m vs modified Vesta Pro


by Emmanuele Sordini and Lorenzo Comolli

The MagZero MZ-5m camera, the Italian flavor of the QHY5 CCD guider, has been around for quite a while, and has ever since been quite popular among amateur astronomers as a good bang for the buck.…

Dec 30 2007

The Magzero MZ-5m Camera: autoguiding on a budget


One of the most-feared bugaboos for those who take up long-exposure digital imaging is getting nice round stars, as a result of good-quality autoguiding.…

Jan 20 2006

Tuning the Synta EQ6: a “Technical Nightmare!”



In fall 2004 my beefiest mount was a Losmandy GM8, which I still happily own. The most obvious upgrade would have been the G11, but back then, I simply could not afford it.…

Oct 12 2005

Skywatcher ED80 refractor preview



My Skywatcher ED80 refractor riding on my EQ6 mount. Also shown is a SW 70/500 guidescope

It’s been quite a while (actually at least fifteen years ;-) ) since chinese-made products hit the amateur astronomy market.…