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Top 10 astronomy accessories

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I want everyone's opinion on what would go on the top 10 list of astronomy accessories. Here are the rules:

  • Telescopes do not count but telescope attachments do
  • Mounts only count if they can be bought separate from a telescope
  • Magazine subscriptions and books count
  • The accessories don't have to be designed for astronomy but must have a use in it
  • Cloths that keep you warm are not included in the list, they are a given
  • Computer software counts, laptops and PC's don't

OK, so lets see your lists!

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1, telrad

2, LP filter

3. making every photon count

4.warming heat pads / zippo hand warmer

5. starry night pro plus

6.IOS sky safari pro

7.IOS sputnic

8. powerpack for everything

9. duracell pro cells for anything small (astrotrac)

10. astrotrac + ballhead + AZ3

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1] Planisphere

2] Nortons

3] Powerpack

4] Compass for finding North in daylight

5] Red light torch

6] Powerful white light torch for looking for the bits I've dropped when packing up.

7] Protective cases for kit

8] Webcam

9] Membership of an astro soc

10] Selection of tools for on-site repairs

11] Sense of humour and the patience of a saint!

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1. Rigel QuikFinder

2. Foam camping mat dew shields

3. S&T Pocket Sky Atlas

4. Ironing stool

5. Baader solar film

6. APT

7. PHD

8. Stellarium

9. Cheshire EP

10. Orion self centring adaptor

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1. Astrotrac

2. Ethos Eyepieces

3. Modded DSLR

4. CCD Camera

5. Narrowband Filters

6. Diagonals

7. Binoviewers

8. StarmapPro App

9. Laser Pointer

10. Bahtinov Masks

Mel

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i think the first four these will be in 90% of peoples top ten.

1- telrad/rigel.

2- s&t pocket atlas

3- head torch ( red)

4-stellarium

5- illustrated guide to astronomical wonders

6- low power eyepiece.

7- equipment case ( keep those e/p's and bits and bobs in one place)

8- patience ( waiting for clear nights :embarassed:

10- online forums, invaluable.

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  1. Illustrated guide to astromnomical wonders
  2. Cambridge double star atlas
  3. Planisphere
  4. Drum stool - just right for the height of my dob
  5. Red light
  6. Astro log, with sharp pencil - trying to keep some records and the odd drawing
  7. Home made solar filter
  8. Hotech laser colimator
  9. Webcam
  10. Fingerless gloves, warm hat & hip flask (medicinal use only ;) )

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  • Narrowband filter
  • Stellarium
  • Wikipedia!
  • Anti-dew heater
  • Compass
  • DSLR
  • Baader solar film
  • Music stand (used to hold sky maps)
  • Home-made Dob stand
  • Moving to Arizona!

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Right angle 9x50 finder

LYBAR stool

Long dewshield (homemade, matt black card)

Extension bar for dob azimuth rotation

Blackout cloth for head

Old EQ5 with board, bar, and blackout cloth to "defeat" nearby street lights

Eyepiece fitted bumbag (rotated 120 degrees)

Wixey

Speers Waler eyepieces

Redlight

Edited by coulthamst

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Great lists, keep them coming!

Paulb3098, you can add an extra thing to your list because I said you don't have to put warm cloths into it. My pint being that most people would have warm cloths anyway!

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Patience

Time

A old sock for the telrad to keep the dew of

Dew heaters

Understanding other half

Filters

A shed

DIY skills

Pat

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Tough one. Leaving out the very obvious (such as red lights and head-torches, cases, etc)

1) Dark skies

2) Hatchback to get to dark skies. Open boot doubles up as dew-free observing table.

3) Telrad: because you have find stuff easily

4) S&T Pocket Atlas: remembering where to point the scope

5) Observing chair: if you're comfy you see more

6) Dew fighting (strips, controller, heated secondary, rocket blower): because when it's dewed over you see nothing.

7) Narrow-band filters: even somewhere dark plenty of things look better in OIII

8) Autocollimator: so you know it's as collimated as it's going to get

9) Primary mirror fan

10) 12V deep-cycle battery: because heaters and fans are no good without power

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1) Dark Sky Site / Clear skies

2) Observatory

3) Planisphere

4) S&T Pocket Sky Atlas

5) GOTO mount

6) Good Binoculars

7) SGL

8) More Telescopes

9) More Eyepieces

10) Good Autoguider

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1) Dark Site with Clear Skies

2) Ability to get to Dark Site

3) Stellarium

4) SGL

5) Eyepieces

6) Cheshire / Laser Collimater

7) Telrad

8) Filters (LP, O-III etc.)

9) EP Case

10) Red Torch

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Nobody has mentioned coffee or snacks yet!

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Depends on how well you know the stars and your scope somewhat, but based on your scope I would say:-

1. Red Light Torch

2. Copy of PSA

3. Copy of Nortons

4. Planisphere

5. Eyepieces (decent ones, not the tat that comes with most scopes)

6. Log book of some kind

7. Stellarium / Skycharts

8. Solar Filter

9. Warm clothes

10. mp3 player or similar

Someone also mentioned patience - definitely, and lots of it. If your scope were a Newt then a collimation device would be high on that list.

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Orion Extension pier

Skywatcher AZ4

Celestron Viberation Supression Pads

Homemade Red Torch

Stellarium

Celestron X-Cel LX ep's

Baader Solar Film

Planisphere

Ironing Board Chair

Turn Left at Orion

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Stellarium

RACI 9x50 finder

Turn Left at Orion

Baader neodymium filter

Compass (so I can make sure my minitower is aligned south)

Red light LED torch

TAL x 2 barlow

Williams Optics dialectric diagonal

Note book

Baader Hyperion clickstop 8-24mm zoom

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I'm not sure I can make a full ten, but here goes:

Tripod/mount for binoculars

Stellarium

A nicely mown lawn (for lying down on with the bins looking at stuff near the zenith)

Taki's Star Atlases

Baader solar film

A watch. (Because using my phone to check the time spoils my night vision.)

A car. (For getting to dark sky sites obviously.)

A supercomputer, to forecast the weather since the met office always get it wrong :D

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red light torch (iPhone or other)

compass (iphone) red mode

Starchart / Nightsky Apps (iphone) red mode

hot chocolate

the power tank

lunar filter

LP filter

copy of "turn left"

10x50 bins

peace and quiet from wife + baby (number 1 and no iPhone app for this)

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I'm not sure I can make a full ten, but here goes:

Tripod/mount for binoculars

Stellarium

A nicely mown lawn (for lying down on with the bins looking at stuff near the zenith)

Taki's Star Atlases

Baader solar film

A watch. (Because using my phone to check the time spoils my night vision.)

A car. (For getting to dark sky sites obviously.)

A supercomputer, to forecast the weather since the met office always get it wrong :D

Thanks for the link to Taki's Star Atlases- good stuff.

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For me, it would be those items which would provide a comfortable night's viewing; in no special order.

1.) An Observatory

2.) A very comfortable Chair

3.) Detailed Observing list for the evening

4.) Planisphere

5.) A separate light circuit, to provide red light throughout my home on observing nights

6.) Eyepiece Turret

7.) Binocular Viewer with eyepiece sets

8.) Dew Not heater system

9.) Filters / Wheel

10.) Good company / Ambient Music

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1 Setting Circle

2 Wixcey

3 Coffee

4 Doughnuts

5 Company in dark places

6 Laser to show off

7 Petrol

8 Dark site where no teen racers alight or our canine loving friends know about

9 Wide angle lens

10 boots big enough to accommodate 3 pairs of socks (not sure whether this is clothes related or not) but is probably the single most important accessory living in Wales

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