You can Save 15% on some of the best eyepieces in the world during the  Tele Vue Over the Moon NEAF Sale!   

This is a rare Tele Vue sale and the kind you want to take advantage of when it happens,

The image quality through your telescope is entirely dependent on the quality of the eyepiece.

A lot of amateur astronomers are still not getting this. I am astounded at what some people who
should know better are still using in their quality telescopes.

(i.e. using plossl eyepieces on a high end refractor is not going to cut the mustard).
Would you put cheap oil into the engine of your quality automobile?  

I sure hope not!

The best thing about owning a quality eyepiece is that you own it for life.

Regardless of what telescope own now or maybe buy in the future.

If you were not able to make it to the NEAF show in Suffern, New York last week, not to worry.

We've got you covered!

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For this promotion, Tele Vue is offering discounts on their short focal length eyepieces, including the 3-6 Nagler Zoom, 5mm Nagler Type 6, 6mm Ethos, and the 6mm and  DeLite and Delos models.  

This sale runs through April 30th.   

Our retail store is open for business during the Easter weekend and including Monday .

You can also order online with our secure server,

Clear Skies,

Ray Khan

PS Her is the sale link that will take you to all the deals on offer.


I'm often  asked the question  (I personally dabble in astro-imaging, but I'm no expert) on what are the best ways
to get started in imaging.

My suggestions are as follows:

1) Start with your iPhone/smartphone  and an inexpensive  iPhone adaptor 
Take a few easy shots of the Moon, or a planet.   It's an easy Peasy way to get your feet wet.

 2) Try Planetary Photography;  Jupiter, or Saturn.
Years ago, when I owned a 6" f8 Dynascope reflector on a pedestal mount, I was able to take some pretty decent shots
of Saturn & Jupiter with that scope.    It took some practice and experimentation, but through some good luck and effort
I got some great results. What do you need? A camera adaptor, and a DSLR camera. The iPhone adaptor will work as well
it's a bit trickier though at high magnifications.

3) This is by far the best way: Use a tracker device,  
You will have a pretty good experience with these because you can actually use your own DSLR camera with
its standard lens  and take some pretty decent 5 minute exposures of the Orion Nebulae, or M31 Andromeda galaxy.
One caveat: these work best under dark skies.  If you have a small scope, like a short-tube 70mm or 80=mm refractor
you can even image through it.

4) If you want to get some really detailed planetary images,  and also have software process the image for you
then a Solar System imager might just do the trick.  These work on a very simple basis

1) You insert it into your telescope in place of an eyepiece
2) connect it to your PC/laptop/mac 
3)You can preview the image on your PC screen
4) the included software then processes your best images and delivers the result.

Here are a few other important things to remember:

  • You'll learn more by doing than reading about it
  • Start simple and build up from there
  • Use whatever telescope you currently own (I had a 4.5" tasco reflector years ago, nothing fancy, but it did the job)
  • Get started the next clear night.
If you have any other useful tips that have worked for you, I would sure appreciate knowing about them and I'll pass them on.
Good Luck!

Clear Skies,

Ray Khan
PS Please feel free to submit your images (before and after, good or bad) via the website.

Look I know it's hard to get motivated to go outside in the Winter to look up at the sky.

Do you ever find that you really want to go out, but just can't seem to get motivated when it's 
so fricking cold?

No excuse to wimp out any longer, because I am going to share a few Easy Winter stargazing
tricks used by yours truly.

 Don't forget some of the best night sky objects are visible during the Winter time.  If you try to find them
in the Summer or fall, you might be out of luck.

Here are a few of my own tricks:

  • Get a dog: When Fido has to go out do his biz, you grab a pair of binoculars,
    and you spend a few minutes looking up at the night sky. (note: In my case
    I live under dark skies so it's a tad easier, it's a bit tougher
    do do in the suburbs, but you can 
    still see brighter objects like Messier M42 (Orion Nebulae) and M45  (Pleaides). 
  • Locate the position of the Planets for that evening, Use a cell phone app, or a simple
    Star & Planet locator.   Right now I can see Venus,
    most evening's when it's clear and
    it's become like an "old friend" every time I look at it. (Not much to see, but it's 
    and often mistaken by  as a UFO by those who  drink to excess.
  • Pick just one night sky object to observe and spend just 10 minutes just studying that one   
    object. The benefit to you is that you will slowly see more details from that object over
    time as your eyes pay attention to minor details that you may have overlooked previously.
  •  Winter is a great time to observe Planets. Even for just 5 minutes. That includes, Venus,
    Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mars and the Moon,  (From early evening to early morning).
  • If you own a larger instrument, then consider
    buying a smaller inexpensive scope that can be grabbed and use for a few minutes
    anddoes not require time to set it up.  On mine, I have three eyepieces ready to go on the  on the accessory  tray, plus a moon filter. (Here are two of my favourites)  1) Meade 102mm refractor   or the /Celestron 102 az.

  • Don't underestimate the value of observing the Lunar surface, Yes, it's often taken for granted by many amateur
    astronomers. That's a huge mistake.  Buy a Moon Map, and pick one crater to observe and check it out. Takes
    about 10 minutes. 

          Finally,  don't forget to check out our new website feature: Daily Deals.  

          New Special offers have been added.

 Clear Skies,

           Ray Khan

Sometimes FREE can be nothing but a  headache .

Let's say someone gives you a free telescope for example.

In this case it was a friend on the island
who was "gifted" an old Tasco 60mm refractor.

She called me up and asked if she could bring it over so I could help her figure it out because
she could not see anything through it.

It didn't take me long to figure out why it was given away.  

The eyepieces were useless, as a baptist preacher at an atheist's convention.

were plastic and only a 4mm and SR 12.5mm  (I think SR stands for super-rotten).
You could barely focus the 12.5mm, and the high power 4mm, I didn't even bother.

The finder bracket was missing the finderscope (Obviously , a godsend because the original  finder was probably
totally useless).

And that's where Mcdonalds comes in.  

I took a large straw from the drawer that was from  a Mickey' D's Shamrock milkshake
I had consumed last year  and mounted it in the finder bracket. 

 A far better finder than the original I would hazard to  say.
Because you can actually pinpoint a star through it.

I managed to fix up the rest of the mount and tripod so it could at least be useful to observe the moon.
Installing a decent eyepiece I sent her on her way with a planisphere and moon map.

She will likely be thrilled when see get's her first glimpse of the lunar surface, and another amateur
astronomer is born.

That's how it goes.    

Now if you really want to replace an existing finderscope on a telescope, and you are on a budget 
then here are my two favorite choices, that will make a world of difference in your observing experience.

Unfortunately, there are many telescopes in the marketplace that are still sold with sub-standard finderscopes.
If yours is one of them, then consider replacing one of these:


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*Ideal for most telescopes of any size

Rigel Kwik-finder

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*Ideal if you have a smaller telescope from 70mm to 114mm.

You will have a far better observing experience with either one,  guaranteed.

Clear Skies,

Ray Khan

Have you ever had a problem with your telescope?

Has it acted up ? Computerized telescopes as they get older are more prone
to having some issues that can occur.

The good news is that a lot of those problems can be resolved.

You don't have to discard your instrument and buy a new one, though
in some instances that may be the better approach.

A fellow called up the store the other day, was having an issue with this computerized telescope that was
about 15 years old.

It's a  a Meade LX200 10" computerized scope, about 15 years old.

Seems the telescope was acting awry. like it had a mind
of it's own. 

Possessed even?

No, that only happens in movies like  Pumpkinhead!

 It was spinning all over the place and did not want to stop, somewhat like a whirling dervish.
He asked a reasonable question: What might it cost to fix? And the answer is: We don't know until it's been examined
and checked by the technician.

It could be a minor electrical issue.  (Here is one you can check yourself: Make sure that none of your power  cords are frayed.
I've notice this can happen especially in Winter when it's cold, and they can crack or split.)

Or it could be a dozen other things.

Our technician is knowledgeable, however he is not psychic and can't figure these things out via phone or email.

We suggested for the customer to bring the instrument in, and then we would be able to do an assessment and 
provide a repair estimate.

We are able repair most brands of telescopes, regardless of whether they were purchased from us or not, that may be out of
warranty, and we also carry parts on hand.  I was surprised at some of the obscure stock we had when we recently did 
inventory for parts.  

For example,I found a declination motor assembly #38m, which was made for a Meade LX10 telescope  (Manufactured about 25  years ago).

We also offer cleaning and collimation services if required. Though I suggest you learn how to collimate your own instrument
and I'll write about that another time.

If you are having issues with your instrument, check the FAQ at the manufacturer's website or check the operations
manual that came with your instrument.

If you can't resolve the problem yourself, then email us at:

Clear Skies, Enjoy your Sunday!

Ray Khan

PS Have you checked out our new website feature called Daily Deals yet?  Right now there are some super deals,
like 20% off the 4X 2" TeleVue Powermate. However, the deals don't last forever so it's worth seeing what's up for
grabs on a regular basis.

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PPS Our retail store is open 7 days a week, excluding most major holidays.   You can also order online, and
pick up your purchases at the store if you prefer, that way you won't miss out on any super deals coming your way.