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Omegon MiniTrack LX3: get ready for liftoff with heavenly photos of the starry sky

November 15 2019, Marcus Schenk

A photo of the starry sky that looks exactly how it would look on a clear night in the mountains or in the desert: this is a dream you can now fulfil with the new MiniTrack LX3.  The new mini-mount ensures you are well-prepared and is now even more powerful than its predecessor, the MiniTrack LX2.

MiniTrack LX3 Montierung

The new MiniTrack LX3 mount

It is much easier than you think to take a fantastic photo of the starry sky. You don’t even have to be an experienced astrophotographer. In a dark location, align the mount to the north celestial pole, attach your camera, wind up the mechanism and start your recording. With the MiniTrack LX3, anyone can conjure up a beautiful photo of the starry sky – almost as easy as boiling an egg

Until now you’ve almost certainly been aware of the MiniTrack LX2: a fully mechanical small mount that you can attach to any commercially available camera tripod and which is so compact that it fits into any luggage. The new version, the MiniTrack LX3, has been revised yet again and is now better than ever. Sky&Telescope magazine awarded the MiniTrack the “Hot Product Award” and the users of the MiniTrack are also certain: you can not only take beautiful photos. With the MiniTrack LX3, the starry sky presents itself as if it were on the catwalk.

What has changed?

  1. More load-bearing capacity: now you can attach a camera up to 3kg in weight.
  2. New Teflon bush for even smoother movement.
  3. Adjustable suspension system: you can slow down or speed up tracking, making it more precise and the stars rounder.
  4. CNC body: more stable and even more finely finished.
  5. An optical polar finder is already included. This allows more precise polar alignment of the MiniTrack LX3 – and you can expose your photo for longer.

 

Let yourself be inspired by the Omegon MiniTrack LX3  and learn more about the compact travel mount here.

Special offer: Vixen binocular telescope BT-81S-A complete package!

October 9 2019, Stefan Taube

Binoculars are often underrated as instruments for astronomy. Yet the view of the night sky through large-aperture binoculars is a unique experience!

Binocular viewing supports our natural stereoscopic vision. It allows especially relaxed observing and offers a 3D effect that can only be achieved with a telescope by using a binocular viewer accessory.

Vixen BT 81S

Vixen BT-81S-A binocular telescope set

Compared to telescopes, binoculars have a larger field of view at lower levels of magnification. Therefore they are especially suited to observing star fields, open star clusters, dark nebulae and comets.

For many years Vixen, the Japanese manufacturer, has been offering an interesting range of astronomical binoculars with their BT series. Right now we are offering you the BT-81S-A as a complete package for a special price: you get the binoculars including a tripod, mount and eyepiece now for just EUR 1,699. You save EUR 200 compared to the manufacturer’s recommended price!

The BT-81S-A has two achromatic lenses with magnesium fluoride coatings. The colour-corrected fast lenses, with a focal ratio of f/6, combined with the special fork mount, allow an expansive visual stroll across the night sky which is truly addictive!

With an 81mm aperture, the BT-81S-A is among the smaller large-aperture binoculars. But in return it is easily portable, weighing 4 kilograms and being 480 millimetres long.

You can find more information and ordering options here in the Astroshop.

Swarovski Optik spotting scope promotion: Get a tripod head for free when you buy a 4-piece spotting scope package!

August 1 2019, Betty Lux

The purchase of a new ATX/ STX/ BTX spotting scope system is now particularly worthwhile. Because when you buy a 4-piece set of spotting scopes, you also get a tripod head for free. You can choose between the CTH compact tripod head or the PTH professional tripod head.

Swarovski Optik spotting scope promotion

This is how it works:

First choose your spotting scope set consisting of an objective lens and an eyepiece module. You can choose from the ATX-Series as well as the STX or BTX-Series. It doesn’t matter which model you prefer, the 65, 85 or 95.

The ATX/STX/BTX spotting scope series are a very good option for observers looking for a spotting scope that not only offers excellent image quality and maximum ease of use, but also maximum flexibility. As a result of the modular design, the objective modules and eyepiece modules can be combined with each other as needed and thus customised to the most wide-ranging requirements. We will be glad to assist you!

Swarovski Optik special offer package Spotting scope STX 30-70×95 with PCT tripod and BR Balance Rail + tripod head

Next, select your preferred Swarovski tripod, either the CCT compact carbon tripod or the PCT professional carbon tripod.

The leg segments of the Swarovski tripods are made of high-quality six-layer carbon fibre. The highest quality workmanship and the well thought-out design ensure stability when panning, turning and observing.

For accessories you can choose between the BR balance rail and the new VPA Variable Phone Adapter.

The BR balance rail matches perfectly with the ATX/STX/BTX series spotting scopes and can be individually adjusted. Two support points ensure a stable equilibrium and perfect stability.

Perfect for digi-scopers: with the VPA Variable Phone Adapter, your smartphone can connect to the Swarovski Optik spotting scope in no time at all to capture your unique observations.

Once you have chosen four components, Swarovski will send you the matching tripod head for free! Not only can you own a perfectly-matched complete package, you can also save money! When ordering, please indicate in the comment field which tripod head you have chosen.

The Swarovski tripod heads have been specially developed for extended observing. The integrated fluid bearing ensures smooth movements without tilting forwards or backwards thanks to the Counter Balance System.

Our example of a possible combination would be the spotting scope STX 30-70×95 with PCT tripod and BR Balance Rail. With this we would recommend the PTH tripod head, which completes your package.

Take advantage ofthis opportunity: only valid for new orders until 31 December 2019!

New Smartphone Mount by Celestron: NexYZ

August 28 2018, Stefan Taube

The trend of using smartphone cameras for photography with optical instruments has remained steady. This is, of course, an obvious choice because everyone has this camera with them, ready to send pictures; and these cameras are always improving. The large range of smartphone mounts  has been extended by Celestron, adding a very interesting model.

NexXY

The  Celestron NexYZ is not only particularly robust; it can be adjusted in all three axes using a rotary knob. This means you’ll be able to set the perfect distance between the eyepiece and the adapter. This feature, in combination with the ease, with which the smartphone can be changed, is interesting for public shots at observatories, because all visitors want to take their personal moon photo home with them.

NexYZ-1

The clamp of the NexYZ adapter is also wonderfully suited for use on spotting scopes.

NexYZ-2

With the NexYZ adapter, we are offering you a smartphone holder with the usual clever design by Celestron.

Now a Great Price: Steiner Binoculars Safari UltraSharp 8×30 Adventure Edition

July 6 2018, Betty Lux

Are you looking for an adventurous companion for your next trip?  Would you like to be able to personalize your binos?  Then better check out Steiner Binoculars Safari UltraSharp 8×30 Adventure Edition.  We are now offering them at a great price of 159 Euros, but only as long as supplies last!

Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8x30 Adventure Edition

Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8×30 Adventure Edition

With the included Safari paters, you can make your binoculars truly eye-catching.  The zebra and leopard sticks give the bino a great look.  If that is all to wild for you, no problem.  The classic design with its fine brown tone is also included in the 159 Euro: Steiner Binoculars Safari UltraSharp 8×30.

Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8x30

Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8×30

Get your hands on a pair right now and make it your ideal travel companion at a fantastic price.  Compact, robust and an especially contrast-rich image: with Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8×30 binoculars, you can experience the most wonderful moments of your journey, extremely crisp and close.  Don’t wait!  The binoculars are sure to move quickly.

Observe the night sky with Celestron SkyMaster binoculars!

June 4 2018, Stefan Taube

For many observers is not a telescope, but rather a pair of binoculars that is used as the main optical instrument for exploring the night sky. That is, after all, only logical as real nature lovers are already equipped with binoculars.

Observing the night sky with the binoculars is more than just a compromise – binoculars, with their wide field of view and using both eyes, do have certain advantages over a telescope. And as binoculars are always close at hand in the truest sense of the expression, they follow the golden rule of observing the night sky – the best optical instruments are the ones that are used the most.

The SkyMaster series from the American brand Celestron are extremely popular binoculars often chosen for astronomical observing. These astronautically optimized binoculars offer a generous aperture at a great price.

For successfully getting started observing the night sky with binoculars we recommend the SkyMaster 15×70 SkySurfer set. You get it for the very affordable set price of only 133 Euros!

SkyMaster 15x70 SkySurfer Set

In addition to the binoculars, you also receive a SkySurfer III red-dot finder from Baader, which will help you to orientate yourself in the night sky. The red dot finder projects a red dot onto a transparent window. This lets you see which part of the night sky the binoculars are pointing at and lets you orient yourself using a star chart.

The set also includes is the particularly sturdy Stronghold-Bino tripod adapter from Baader. Unlike the usual adapters made of plastic or aluminium this adapter is made of steel, ensuring that your binoculars are held really firmly and safely on the tripod.

This offer is valid until August 31, 2018. And if you buy the Celestron SkyMaster 15×70 SkySurfer Binoculars set before 27.07.2018, you will be able to observe the lunar eclipse on this date. So make sure you grab yours in time!

Solarquest, the new mount by Skywatcher for observing the sun

April 19 2018, Marcus Schenk

Adjusting your telescope while observing the sun is not as easy as you might at first think. The telescope should, of course, already be oriented towards the sun using a sun filter before setting up. When attempting to orient the telescope towards the sun, you can quickly become careless and peer without eye protection through the telescope at the blazing sun. Help is at hand here with the solar finder or the new Solarquest mount by Skywatcher.

Skywatcher Solarquest

The Solarquest mount has GPS, an automatic level and an electronic solar finder, Heliofind®. You only have to fit the mount. After a short initialisation, the mount moves by itself to the sun. But, of course, the  Solarquest can do more than that: The mount guides the telescope as the sun moves across the sky, so that it is always in line with the eyepiece or camera sensor. This precise tracking can also be done via the built-in Heliofind® finder.

Skywatcher Heliofind

Of course, you can also correct the orientation of the mount by hand, for example, if you are working with greater magnification, and would like to move to a specific place on the solar disc. To do this, there is a slider button on the mount so you can guide the movement yourself.

Solarquest

The azimuthal single arm mount, Solarquest, can hold small optics weighing up to four kilos, making it especially light and quiet. The Solarquest, in combination with a small sun telescope, forms an easy-to-transport system that is quick to set up – that is both particularly comfortable on your balcony at home and ideal for travel or for training purposes.

Skywatcher Vixen

You can also place a small refractor on the Solarquest and fit a sun filter  to it. In combination with a QUARK by DayStar, it is even possible to observe in H-alpha or Calcium-H light. You can even use it for night astronomy without a sun filter using the Solarquest mount. The Solarquest mount becomes a part of your versatile system for night observation.

Special Price: 76/700 AZ-1 Telescope almost 30% Discount

March 16 2018, Marcus Schenk

A photograph cannot beat a real look into the night sky.  With the Newton Telescope 76/700 AZ-1, you can experience the starry night sky live and with your own eyes!  This little beginner telescope can offer kids and adults their first contact with the Moon and planets.

Save almost 30%! Get your hands on the Omegon 76/700 AZ-1 Telescope now for only 69.90 Euros instead of 99 Euros!

 76/700 Set

 

Take a stroll across the Moon with this telescope.  It feels as if you are floating in a spaceship over the surface of the Moon.  How would it be to have a glance a Tycho?  A crate with a diameter of 90 km and a crater wall of almost 5,000 meters high.  Once, the scraps of a massive collision flew about the area, and spread the lunar stone far around the Moonscape.

Experience the lunar Mare (seas) with this telescope, as well as thousands of craters or the lunar Alps.  Throughout the year, you will be able to experience something new on the Moon again and again.  Always excited!  A trip through the Universe for the whole family.

 

The Advantages in a Nutshell:

  • Complete telescope set, including Tube, Mount and Tripod
  • Tripod is adjustable: great for children and adults
  • Simple use: Azimuthal mount with easy navigation through the sky
  • Collects 118 times more light than the naked eye
  • For observing the Moon or bright planets

This telescope is waiting for you to take it out for its first look at the Moon: Order the Telescope now or go for the more comprehensive Beginner Set with Star Chart, Book and Lunar Filter.

The offer is valid until 31.07.2018.

On special offer now: Kowa BD 10×32 DCF binoculars

March 9 2018, Stefan Taube

We’re offering the BD 10×32 DCF binoculars by Kowa at a special price!

You can buy it now for just €299 instead of €429!

Kowa-Fernglas

The compact, ergonomic design of the Kowa BD 10×32 binoculars means you can observe for a long time without getting tired. Thanks to the very low minimum focusing distance of just 1.5 m, this model is perfectly suited for observing plants, insects or other nearby objects – in the garden, for example. The binoculars are made in Japan.

This special offer will only remain while stocks last. Order now!

Improved version of the CL Companion by Swarovski Optik

December 1 2017, Stefan Rieger

Swarovski Optik has revised the CL Companion. The ergonomics in particular have been improved.

The eyepiece cup has been enlarged and, therefore, fits better on the eye. This means that the eye is automatically guided to the image. Handling was improved further by moving the connecting bridge upwards towards the eyepiece. This means that the hand can hold the binoculars better. The focus button is easier to reach. The dioptre compensation has now been integrated into the central wheel. This reduces the risk of unintentional adjustment. The weight has also been reduced further. Compared to its predecessor, the 10×30 has been made 15 grams lighter.

The revised CL now uses the FieldPro carry strap connector. The risk of the carry strap getting twisted has now been considerably reduced. The CL companion now comes in anthracite or green and as a 8×30 or 10×30 version.

Swarovski has recognised the trend towards customisation and now offers a series of binoculars with three different bags and carry straps. The classic dark green bag with black carry strap bears the wording “WILD NATURE”.

For those who want something a little more modern, chose the binoculars in connection with the “URBAN JUNGLE” accessory pack, a light green bag with a grey carry strap.

The “NORTHERN LIGHTS” set has been designed for the tradition conscious. You will receive a grey felt bag with black leather appliqués and a grey felt carry strap.

All versions can be delivered from mid-November. The best thing to do is order your favourite combination now!

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