Have you ever been so busy that you forgot to eat dinner, then realized you are hungry?

That's what happened to me last night.

At around 9 pm I realized I was starving!  What to do? Raining and cold outside...forget it.

I got online and ordered Indian takeout (delivery) from a local restaurant here in Toronto.

The dude on the other end of the line said it would take 45 minutes.

I threw a movie on "Raging Bull' with Robert Deniro an oldie but a goodie.  It's also how I was
starting to feel being so hungry.

In the movie, Boxer Jake LaMotta throws his steak off the table, because his wife overcooks it.

Fool that he was.

Then my cell phone rang around 10 pm:

   "He'll be there in a few minutes; traffic is bad".   (This place is like 10 minutes away by car).

Dude showed up after 11 pm.  

The one saving grace to this whole fiasco was that I had one can of Cameron's Cosmic Cream Ale
in my fridge which I was able to sip slowly until the grub showed up.

What was I working on that kept me so busy earlier Saturday? 

It was these smashing deals on eyepieces which you will find on our Daily Deals Page.

Here is your opportunity to buy high-quality eyepieces at genuine huge savings.

For a very limited time.   It's all there: Explore, TeleVue, Vixen, and Morpheus by Baader.

If your telescope is "hungry" for high-quality eyepieces and tired of being "fed" crap ones, then
here is your opportunity to solve that problem!

Check out the Daily Deals right now.

Remember,  it's not going to last very long.

Clear Skies,

Ray Khan

Direct linkhttps://khanscope.com/collections/daily-deals

FREE SHIPPING! Enter the code  VXfreeship in the discount
the box on checkout.

As reviewed in SkyNews March/April 2017. 

Click here top buy the : Celestron Advanced VX Mount...

Regular Price:  $1196.00

Sale Price: $1063.00 

 Engineered from the ground up with Astro imaging in mind, the new Advanced VX series from Celestron sets a new standard in mid-level telescopes. The Celestron Advanced VX Mount provides you with many of the features found on Celestron's most sophisticated German equatorial mounts, at an extremely affordable price.


A Khan Scope Best Seller!

Here's why: 

  • Straightforward alignment process
  • Mount your choice of Optical tube.
  • Use your current fork mounted SCT Optical tube.
    It's easy: We can offer  you the correct adaptor plate.
  • Control with Powerful free software (Stellarium) with your laptop
    or desktop PC
  • Precision tracking


The new Celestron Advanced VX Mount was specifically designed to provide optimum imaging performance for smaller telescopes. Now your smaller telescope can take advantage of All-Star Polar Alignment and autoguider support. You''ll be able to track through long exposures using permanently programmable periodic error correction. Image across the meridian without doing a meridian flip, so you can seamlessly image the best part of night sky. Advanced VX features significantly larger base castings than our previous design, improving stability under heavier loads. Improved motors offer more torque and can handle slight load imbalances with ease.


Experienced imagers will love taking the Celestron Advanced VX Mount to a dark sky site, with all the performance of their larger observatory mount. Or, if you''re new to imaging, this mount will help you get started with the hobby and keep up with your needs for years to come.



Celestron Advanced VX Mount Features...


  • Integer gear ratios and permanently programmable Periodic Error Correction eliminates recurring track errors from the worm gear.



  • New motors offer improved tracking performance & provide more power to overcome load imbalances



  • Updated industrial design offers more rigidity, less flexure and improved aesthetics



  • New design allows viewing or imaging across the meridian without interference from the motors housings



  • Improved latitude range. Can be used between 7 - 77 degrees latitude.



  • Improved electronics with increased memory for future expansion



  • NexStar+ hand control offers multiple language programming (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish)


Celestron Advanced VX Mount Specifications...

Tripod: Adjustable, Stainless Steel

Tripod Legs: 2"

Weight (lbs): 46 lbs (21 kg)

Power Supply: Car battery adapter

EQ Mount Weight: 17 lbs (7.71 kg)

Tripod Height (Max): 64" in (1626 mm)

Tripod Height (Min): 44" in (1118 mm)

Tripod Weight: 18 lbs (8.16 kg)

Counterweight Bar: 12" Length, 0.75" Diameter lbs (5.44 kg)

Counterweights: 1 x 11 lbs

Payload Capacity: 30 lbs (14 kg)

Latitude Range: 7-77 deg

Motor Drive: Low cog DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes

Slew Speeds: Nine slew speeds, 4 deg/sec maximum

Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar

Tracking Modes: EQ North and EQ South

Alignment Procedures: 2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align

Communication Ports: 2x AUX ports, Autoguider port, RS-232 port (on hand control)

Computer Hand Control: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons

Database: 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects

Power Requirements: 12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)

Internal Clock: Yes

GPS: Optional SkySync GPS Accessory

Celestron Product Number: 91519


You may have heard that saying before.

The thing is, it's true.

And unfortunately one of the things most men (including myself) forget on occasion.

A fellow dropped by the store this week. He was an airline pilot visiting from another country.

His wife is an amateur astronomer and has a Celestron Nexstar 8 SE telescope.

This is an excellent telescope for any serious amateur astronomer in my books.

Here is the problem she was having. She was having difficulty using the Skyalign
software that is built into the operating system of the telescope.

 The telescope will assist you in lining up the three stars so you can use the automatic "goto" functions of the telescope.

Celestron themselves became aware of this a few years ago and came up with a new accessory device
called the Starsense Autoalign. 

What the Starsense device does is AUTOMATICALLY do the telescope alignment for you with
a flip of the switch.

It removes the drudgery of you having to do the manual alignment. 

That can be a real pain in the ass for some people. (I'm lazy, so me too).

Now the fellow said, that it was a pricey accessory and he would have to think about it.

Sure, that's understood.

In the meanwhile though, he has a wife who can't use her telescope and is frustrated.

That is not a good situation either.

Marriage counseling is not my specialty though.

Now, some good news for you if you own a Celestron computerized telescope/mount: The Celestron Starsense works with most mounts and models of Celestron telescopes.

The list is on the Starsense description page.

Until this Sunday, May 8th, you can save 10% off the purchase price of a Starsense.  

If you have a wife, girlfriend or a Mother who is an amateur astronomer  keep in mind that Mother's day is coming up soon
and if she happens to own a Celestron instrument, this might be an ideal gift.

As for the pilot, he may end up in the doghouse with Snoopy.

We'll see.

Clear Skies,

Ray Khan

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!

direct link :

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 Khanscope.com website.

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