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Opticstar ED80S Gold
Opticstar ED80S Gold Traveller.
£395.00
The Opticstar ED80S Gold Traveller is ideal for astronomy and terrestrial observation...
Ascension 80ED Triplet
Ascension 80ED Triplet
£675.00
The Ascension 80ED Triplet APO from the premium range of telescopes...
Imaging Newtonian
Opticstar ARX200 Imaging Newtonian.
£595.00
The Opticstar ARX200 is a wide field (f/3.9) imaging newtonian.
Flat-Field Astrograph
Opticstar ARX200 Flat-Field Astrograph.
£695.00
The Opticstar ARX200 is a Flat-Field (f/3.9) Astrograph. Inludes high quality 4-element corrector.
Meade StarNavigator 90
Meade StarNavigator 90
£215.00
Meade StarNavigator 90 with DS2000 Generation II mount and Autostar computerized handset.
Meade ETX90 Observer
Meade ETX90 Observer
£485.00
The new ETX90 Observer complete with hard carry case and softbag for the tripod.
Meade LX90 ACF 12" UHTC
Meade LX90 ACF 12" UHTC.
£3420.00
The Meade LX90 ACF 12 UHTC is a 12" advanced catadioptric with a computerised fork mount.
Opticstar AZ80 GOTO
Opticstar AZ80 GOTO.
£199.00
The Opticstar AZ80 GOTO is one of the easiest to use entry level computerized telescopes...
Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter
Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter.
£239.00
Stella allows you to wirelessly control your computerised telescope with your smart phone or tablet.
Meade Polaris 130
Meade Polaris 130
£199.00
The Polaris 130 reflector comes complete with everything you need to view the wonders of the night sky.
SolarMax II 60 BF10
Coronado SolarMax II solar telescopes.
£1850.00
The Coronado SolarMax II 60 w/ RichView Tuning BF10 for stunning images of the Sun.
1.25" x5 XL TeleXtender
Opticstar 1.25" x5 TeleXtender.
£79.00
The Opticstar 1.25" x5 XL TeleXtender is a premium quality optical amplifier that excels...
Opticstar PX-35C
Opticstar PX-35C COOLAIR
£119.00
The Opticstar PX-35C COOLAIR colour video camera for high quality planetary imaging.
Opticstar PX-125C
Opticstar PX-125C
£129.00
The Opticstar PX-125C colour video camera for guiding and planetary imaging.
Ascension Filter Wheel
Ascension 3-holder Filter Wheel.
£19.95
The Ascension Filter Wheel with 3 holders, two of which contain nebula and yellow filters.
Video Imaging
Opticstar PL-131M COOLAIR
£169.00
The Opticstar PL-131M COOLAIR is a 1.3MP high speed monochrome video camera...
Cooled CCD Cameras
New Opticstar DS-616C XL+
updated: 14th September 2017
Opticstar DS-616C XL+.
The new Opticstar DS-616C XL+.
The DS-616C XL+ 6 mega-pixel camera is in a class of its own with 50% higher sensitivity in real-world applications (100% max) than other cameras using the same Sony CCD due to its hardware gain and outstanding hardware noise suppression, both features implemented in the camera's hardware. New PLUS model!
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Meade Telescopes
Meade ETX125 Observer
posted: 19th July 2017
Meade ETX125 Observer
The return of the extremely popular ETX125 takes mobile astronomy to the next level! This large 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope marries the portability of the ETX with Meade’s premium optics.
Meade ETX Series
Opticstar Picture of the Day
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The Sun by Gary Palmer with the Opticstar DS-336C XL.
Premium Telescopes
Ascension ED Triplet APOs
updated: 28th June 2017
Ascension telescopes
Ascension 127ED Triplet.
The Ascension premium apo-chromatic refractors were the first reasonably priced triplet ED telescopes widely available in the UK that use a high quality Japanese ED triplet (premium FCD1 ED). These first-class photo-visual instruments offer unequalled value for money and come in three different sizes (80mm F6, 102mm F7 and 127mm F7.5).

Ascension range
Planetary CCD Video Cameras
Combining Sensitivity with Speed
updated: 10th January 2017
Opticstar PX range of CCD video cameras.
CCD cameras offer planetary imaging at up to 60 frames per second.
The Opticstar PX-75 is the ideal planetary CCD camera that combines high frame rates with high sensitivity. It is particularly well suited for capturing critical type targets including the International Space Station due to its low noise characteristics and unusually high Gain while retaining the necessary high S/N ratios.

Noise reduction, Gain and Region of Interest (ROI) are all features implemented in the hardware to deliver exceptional performance...
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Willmann Bell
Books for Astronomy
updated: 21st August 2017
Willman Bell books.
Acclaimed books from Willmann Bell...
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updated: 22nd August 2017
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Peter Karboulonis' articles for amateur astronomers.
Peter Karboulonis practical articles on astronomy.
John Haunton's step-by-step astroimaging.
John Haunton. Step-by-step articles on astroimaging.
Sample Images
Opticstar PL-130M CoolAir
posted: 10th February 2009
Mosaic of the Moon at 2354x4010 pixels 
 captured by Herwig Sulzbacher.
An impressive 9.4 megapixel mosaic of the Moon by Herwig Sulzbacher with the Opticstar PL-130M.
Opticstar News
New DS-616C XL+ Model
posted: 24th August 2017
Opticstar DS-616C XL+.
Star product, improved.

The new Opticstar DS-616C XL+ deep-sky CCD is the successor to the popular DS-616C XL that earned the annual star product award back in 2013. It maintains all the features of the original model as well as other improvements.


DS-616C XL is Astronomy Magazine's Star Product
posted: 12th September 2013
Opticstar DS-616C XL is Astronomy magazine's product of the year.
Star product.

The Opticstar DS-616C XL deep-sky CCD camera has earned the annual star product award from Astronomy, the world's best-selling astronomy magazine. Read about it in the September 2013 issue.

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