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We have the largest range of telescopes, ranging from 60mm to 500mm in diameter.Reflecting, refracting, advance reflecting and Casegrain telescopes. We are the biggest retailer of Celestron products in South Africa and also sell other known brands. We are at your service, delivering country-wide, by secure courier.
Sky Guide Africa South 2015 is a practical resource for astronomers, whether novice, amateur or professional. It covers the upcoming year’s planetary movements, predicted eclipses, meteor showers – any events and facets of the night sky that change annually. Star charts plot the evening sky for each season, facilitating the identification of stars and constellations. There’s a wealth of information about the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, meteors and bright stars, with photos, diagrams, charts and images. There’s also an excellent list of useful websites and a comprehensive glossary.
This annual publication is an invaluable resource for anyone who has even a passing interest in the night skies of southern Africa and is ‘… an absolute must for first time star-gazers and professional astronomers alike’.
- Contains the latest, most-up-do-date information
- Packed with charts, illustrations, images, tables, etc. for quick reference
- Will appeal to a wide audience, from beginners to professionals
- Offers an excellent list of useful websites
EOS 60Da body
The Perfect SLR Camera for Astrophotography
Guide to DSLR Astrophotography
This book on CD-ROM by Jerry Lodriguss is a practical guide to astrophotography with digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. It explains how digital cameras work and everything you need to know about how to take beautiful astrophotos with them.
This book will help you to avoid those bad practices that lead to poor images. I made just about every mistake you could make when I was first starting out and did not know what I was doing. You don't have to make these same mistakes. You too can learn the secrets of deep-sky astrophotography!
SPECIAL NEWS !!
Are you interested in astrophotography?
Please see the “Categories” index on our Homepage. Click on “Gallery” and see what we have created for each and every astronomer, hobbyist, amateur and professional, to make use off.
- Join this astrophotographer community.
- All are welcome. Beginner, amateur and professional alike.
- Create your own account on the gallery and add your own photos.
- Give constructive comment on any astrophoto.
- The intention is to allow everyone to benefit and learn from input provided and an image of the month will be chosen. Each image of the month will go toward compiling an astro-calendar.
These Bahtinov focus Masks is the best way to focus your telescope when doing Astrophotography.
The centre image is in focus where the outer image is slightly out of focus.
Our Bahtinov Focus Masks is laser cut from ABS plastic is almost indestructible.
Solar filter and holder/cover to fit on your telescope.
The Baader film is easily replaceable on these solar filter holders.
Film fits flatter than any other holder currently available for much better focus.
Standard size Covers supplied with filter holders for front and back. This means that this Filter material is fully protected in storage against damage.
Sponge rubber on internal ring for a perfect tight fit. The filter holder is laser cut and engraved on MDF wood and sealed with a clear sealer.
Perfect fit solar filter and holder.
The Baader film is easily replaceable on these filter holders.
We can make any size holder for Telescopes.
Please supply us with:
Circumference of front edge of tube:
Looking at the sun through a telescope will magnify the sun intensity many times and will cause blindness.
Never look at the sun without a proper Sun filter or damaged filter.
Cheap Eyepiece sun filters is very dangerous and should be thrown away.
Sun filters should fit tight on a telescope and can even be taped down by duct tape for safety.
We are a big suporter and sponser of WRAC or West Rand Astronomy Club. http://www.wrac.org.za/
BIG Star Party 22 to 24 August 2014.
The West Rand Astronomy Club will be hosting a Weekend Away Star
Party at Mountain Sanctuary Park from 22 to 24 August 2013.
Mountain Sanctuary Park is a private nature reserve in the Magaliesberg
Mountains, about 120km north-west of Johannesburg and 90km west of
The night sky is beautiful from this site and if conditions are favourable, the
Coal Sack in the Southern Cross and the Small Magellanic Cloud can be
Accommodation options are chalets, log cabins or camping.
Telescopes will be set up in an open field between camp sites 36 and 38.
Program to be confirmed, but may include:
* Talks and demonstrations
* Telescope raffle and other prizes
* Galileoscope lucky draw
* Sale table
* Moonscope building for kids
Join us for a weekend of star gazing under dark skies.
For more information contact
Kenny Nevill on 082 335 1983, email: email@example.com.
Visit WRAC website for updates and more information www.wrac.org.za.
Telescopes, Competitions and prices to win.
Book NOW to avoid disappointment.
Please contact Mountain Sanctuary Park.
Tel: (014) 534-0114 (08H00 - 17H00, 7 Days a week)
Star Party Etiquette
How much energy can be saved if we use the right light fittings, lower power light ratings.
Most of the light fittings is selected wrongly due to ignorance and what is available on the shelf. The big light company's is also to blame as the don't care about the type of fittings being sold as long as they make the sale. Low power Led lights is available from the manufactures but nothing is available on the shelves of the big resellers. Wish I had a answer to this.
Street lights is the biggest culprits due the high wattage of these lights and the big number of street lights been used. The government departments is also not really interested in changing over to low power LED lamps to try and save energy as this is not their problem. They rather transfer the power problem to private individuals to fix rather than to take leadership and get the individuals to follow. With current light fittings it is my guess that we can save between 15% and 45% by just changing the street light fittings in South Africa. Changing to LED lights will save a further 50% of energy. 25% of all energy used is for lighting. The luminance can also be lowered if the right fittings and LED lamps is used. The total saving on power is then 65%. WOW.
How many street lamps do we have in South Africa? I guess we can save at least another two Power stations.
More lights won't decrease crime
Skyglow and crime in England and Wales.
Click on the image below for much more information.
Good and Bad light fittings
Example of lighting that can result in disability and discomfort glare.
Example of reduced glare improves lighting.
Light pollution hurts our economy nature health and security.
Badly and good designed street light.
Let us all promote flat bottom lens fittings with full cut-off light fittings.
No light should be emitted above the light source.