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Recent Product Announcements To CNYO – LVI Smartguider 2 Autoguider System, Night Sky Star Stensils™, And StarLog Telescope Observation Tracking System

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

The following emails and product information came to the CNYO inbox recently and are reproduced below as received. CNYO does not endorse any particular product or service, but is happy to provide a forum for astronomy-related merchandise and services. Members of the CNYO board will also consider reviewing products on a case-by-case basis (please contact info@cnyo.org for more information).

LVI Smartguider 2 Autoguider System

Click HERE For The Brochure (in PDF Format)

2015april1_lviThe LVI Smartguider 2 system is an all in one auto guiding package that is also capable of DSLR reflex control making it an excellent accessory if one of your members uses an iOptron Skyguider, or Skywatcher Star Adventure. Supporting ST4 compliant and non-ST4 compliant mounts the Smartguider 2 is a laptop free auto guider. This eliminates the need to carry and supply power to a laptop just for auto guiding if you use a DSLR for imaging. It will also work for anyone that does imaging with a telescope on a computerized mount. Supporting non-ST4 mounts like the Meade Autostar #497, Losmandy #492, Vixen Starbook, and Takahashi Temma systems.

I believe that this hobby is a great one, and if a product exist to help make it better and more enjoyable then I want to share it. I started Ontario Telescope and Accessories because of my love for the hobby, and I wanted to provide a new experience to my local market. LVI and OTA have partnered to bring the Smartguider 2 to North America and I am looking to share the information.

Additional information and accessories for the Smartguider 2 can be found at this link: www.ontariotelescope.com/LVI-Cameras_bymfg_20-0-1.html

If you or anyone in your club has any questions please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time in reading my email, and clear sky’s!

Steve Mallia
Ontario Telescope and Accessories
www.ontariotelescope.com
1-905-487-6363

Night Sky Star Stensils™

The following email and brochures were sent courtesy of Dick Shimmin of Bridgeway, Inc., located in Galesburg, IL. For additional information (or to purchase), the product reviews on amazon.com may be useful.

Click HERE For The Product Announcement (in PDF Format)

Click HERE For The Product Brochure (in PDF Format)

2015april1_nightskiespictureThe Night Skies Star Stencils can create a relaxing and romantic display of a real night sky in any darkened room of anyone lured by the attraction to or are studying the night time sky, particularly those associated with CNY Observers. The Night Skies Star Stencils are available in two sizes featuring accurate and educational winter or summer night time displays over the Northern Hemisphere. Luminous paint and a corresponding star map are included with each Night Skies Star Stencils to enhance their educational value. The stencils can be used more than once and additional luminous paint is available. They can be purchased from many retailers who can be found by searching “Night Skies Star Stencils” on the Internet.

The Night Skies Star Stencils are a portion of the Ursa Major stencil selection produced by Bridgeway. Bridgeway, headquartered in Illinois, is a not-for-profit agency that provides an assortment of services to disabled people. Sales of its American made products help fund those programs.

* Night Sky Star Stencil™ transforms the ceiling of your darkened room into a dramatic replica of the real night sky while leaving the lighted room unchanged (no posters or noticeable markings).

* Dazzling and romantic. Guaranteed bedtime fun for everyone.

* Soothing and relaxing. Finally a simple cure for fear of the dark. The peaceful comfort of a starry night inspires a feeling of “connectedness” with the universe. Enhance your sense of peace with our new tape, Night Sounds™.

* Accurate and educational! Stars and constellations are in proper positions with accurate relative brightness. You also get a hand-held Star Map and Constellation Finder that shows the names and locations of hundred of stars–an entire hemisphere! In addition, the star map is an excellent take-along item anytime you’re star gazing outdoors.

* Easy! You simply affix the stencil to the ceiling or wall–the adhesive won’t stain or remove paint or wallpaper–and paint the stencil holes with the special glow-in-the-dark paint. Then you remove the stencil. Works on both smooth and textured ceilings!

* When you’re ready for the stars to shine, expose them to normal room light. Turn out the lights, and the stars glow and keep glowing for up to 30 minutes. They can be recharged indefinitely and are unnoticeable in lighted rooms or on light-colored surfaces. The 8-foot stencil takes one hour to apply; the 12-foot takes two hours. The stencil can be saved and reused.

* It’s all here! Your kit contains everything you need. The Night Sky Star Stencil (either 8- or 12- feet in diameter), adhesive, a special formula luminous paint, brush, and easy-to-follow instructions.

* No projectors, no batteries, no black lights…nothing to clutter the room.

* Completely safe non-toxic paint and adhesive (certified by O.S.H.A.).

* Available in winter or summer Northern Hemisphere sky, and 8- or 12-foot diameter. Choose one to fit your room.

StarLog – Telescope Observation Tracking System

The following email from Emerald Bay Software announces a new iPad app for keeping track of your observing sessions.

2015april1_StarLogMainMenuStarLog is the first app designed specifically for the iPad to log, track and analyze your celestial observations. It ties every observation to the current weather and equipment you are using. We partner with www.cleardarksky.com to provide the weather metrics, which include cloud cover, transparency, seeing and darkness for American timezones. With a pleasing night-vision mode, you can easily flip back and forth between StarLog and your other iPad apps that help you locate objects. StarLog is multi-user, multi-location, multi-timezone, fully documented, and your data can be backed up to iCloud or exported to CSV files.

Check it out!!! Visit our website Emerald Bay Software or lookup the app in the iTunes Store for more information.

The “Stuventory” – Stu Forster Astronomy Equipment For Sale

* Updated List As Of * 5 August 2015 *

sas_stu_forster_photogallery stu
Dr. Stuart Forster (1956-2011, obit) was a long-time Syracuse Astronomical Society member, former president, secretary, contributing author, scope builder, astrophotographer extraordinaire, host to several of the Messier Marathons that marked the beginning of the SAS observing year, multi-lecturer at past meetings and Summer Seminars, and a true amateur astronomer’s astronomer whose knowledge of observing and equipment was as expansive as the summertime Milky Way.

Ryan Goodson and Damian Allis are coordinating the sale of much of Stu’s astronomy equipment, which is extensive. The list below contains all of the equipment thus catalogued that is not already sold and will be (1) added to as new equipment is catalogued and (2) modified as items are sold. Details about the equipment and sale are as follows:

1. Those in CNY and beyond who knew Stu know that all of the equipment is in fine condition and working order. For optics, we will try to provide as much detail about lenses and mirrors as possible, including providing additional images if you want to see things first.

2. Electronics are more complicated. Stu had been an avid astrophotographer for many years and has in his inventory CCD and related equipment spanning 2 decades (from phone plugs to 9-pin serial plugs to USB). Ryan and Damian do not have a way to test this equipment beforehand. We will do our best to answer questions and, when something can clearly be shown not to work, will provide refunds upon equipment return.

3. Generally, if you want more information or other pictures, please ask by sending an email to stuventory@cnyo.org. Ryan and/or Damian will get back to you as soon as possible.

4. “As long as you’re sorting stuff, did Stu have X?” – We regret that our organization of the equipment does not provide us time or constant access to the equipment we are selling. Everything we have in condition to sell is on this page.

5. Shipping – We plan to ship everything by USPS Priority, which means our expected shipping fee will be in the $6 to $12 range (using USPS Priority Boxes packed as reasonably as possible to minimize the number of boxes if you’re buying multiple items). Tracking numbers will be sent as soon as available. Everything will be boxed and wrapped in bubble wrap. If you like, we can make different shipping arrangements, but we ask that you NOT REQUEST CHEAPER SHIPPING OPTIONS. We simply have too much equipment to be buying custom boxes and keeping track of the different shipping options at the Post Office register. We believe this to be a fair request given the very reasonable prices for these items.

6. There is NO HOLDING policy unless you are driving to Syracuse to look at/purchase equipment. If you want to inspect equipment in person, please schedule as promptly as you can.

7. You Can Help – If you know something about a component that you think would help someone else out, please send your information along to stuventory@cnyo.org (referencing the item number). We assume that people looking to purchase will know what something is (or, at least, “know the difference”) but will happily take additional info and add it.

8. Payment can be made by personal check (to Damian Allis) or PayPal. Please contact Damian at stuventory@cnyo.org prior to purchasing.

9. “Your descriptions are a little… brief” – We are specifically using the first sale of items to reduce the amount of equipment that then needs to be researched. If you were sent here by another amateur astronomer, chanced are good you already know what the equipment is and don’t need us to tell you (minus additional info, of course)!

10. Click on an image for a larger version (and please ignore the numbers written down in the images. The Item Numbers on this page are the official way to reference equipment).

Item #

Picture

Description

Price


7


2 available
unlabeled
4″ Plates
$10.00 each


23








Celestron C90 1000mm f/11 In Case
Orion FlexiSHIELD
SN: 97415
Made In USA
$175.00

51


SBIG
Part: 1007052432
Remote Guide Head
$300.00


56


Williams Optics
Illuminated finder scope with case and mount
$40.00


68



Unlabeled 9×50 mm Finder Scope
No front or back covers
$40.00


77


2″ Focuser $15.00


78


2″ Focuser $15.00


79


2″ Focuser $15.00


84



2″ Focuser $70.00


85



2″ Focuser $20.00


86



2″ Focuser $50.00


87





2″ Focuser $75.00


105

ST-4/RF components (looking for full SBIG retro-focuser) $10.00


106

Orion 9×60 mm illuminated finder scope (tested – works fine) $80.00


107

Orion Sky Wizard 2 components (potentially unaffiliated components therein) PRICE PENDING


108


Astrovid StellaCam II CCD Imaging System (appears to be complete) $550.00


118


BETAX No. 5 Series II Velostigmat No. 497553; Wollensak 12″ F/4.5
Slight ding on the rim (visible at 10 o’clock on the bottom image)
$450.00


120

Meade #62 T-Adapter (Japan) in box $20.00


121


CCD Technology CCD-10 Imager (complete?) with manuals and disks
Model No: CCD-1011231
Serial No: 174
PRICE PENDING


126


130 F6 FF2
Felted Field Flattener (in box)
$250.00