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Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Barlows:TeleVue Powermate 2.5X

An excellent piece of equipment. I use it with my Axioms and Pentax in a large SCT and 4.7" refractor. Good results in both, no chromatic problems, flat field, sharp.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Value:7
Weight: 5
Date: 05/22/2005 07:39:17 am PST

Replies: 0


Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Misc Accessories:DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller

Excellent! Small, but *well* built; great ergonomics; mechanical temp dial (i.e. reliable!); LED's to let you know when strips are heating or battery is low; outside air temp sensor; and connections for 8 heaters.

The first dew controller I ordered was a Kendrick Digifire-7. It arrived DOA, and I sent it back. Turned out great for me, because although it looked good on their website, the Kendrick was just a flimsy aluminum box, with thin-film pressure buttons for control.

The DewBuster is in a completely different class. Easy to use... I've had it out in heavy dew (Oregon) and it runs my 11", 5" and two 2" strips superbly. Can't say enough. It's saved me some great viewing nights.

Overall Rating: 10
Performance:10 Value:10
Weight: 5
Date: 05/21/2005 08:36:06 pm PST

Replies: 0


Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:Celestron Axiom 50mm

Wow... :) I already had the 15mm and 23mm Axioms, so I knew this would be good. The view is astounding. *Wide*, clear, tack-sharp, great contrast...

Superlatives are not enough to go on. You *need* to look through one of these, then you'll want one. :)

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Value:10
Weight: 5
Date: 05/21/2005 07:30:44 pm PST

Replies: 0


Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:Celestron Axiom 15mm

A very good eyepiece. Good FOV, sharp with good contrast. I have 50+ yr old eyes, and find the eye relief comfortable. :)

I liked this and the 23mm so much, I bought the 50mm!

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Value:10
Weight: 5
Date: 05/21/2005 07:25:59 pm PST

Replies: 0


Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:Celestron Axiom 23mm

The first Axiom I bought. Excellent in my 11" sct. Edge-to-edge sharp, good contrast, 70deg FOV.

It measures up very well against far more expensive glass, and will quickly becomes the most used eypiece in your kit.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Value:9
Weight: 5
Date: 05/21/2005 07:21:58 pm PST

Replies: 0


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