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Magnify Your Savings Mail-in Rebate Offer

From November 1 through January 31, Celestron is offering great mail-in rebates on some of our best binoculars, including Echelon, Granite ED, and TrailSeeker. To claim your rebate, simply complete the form below. You'll receive your rebate in the form of a prepaid VISA gift card! Click here to download the Rebate Form now.

Imaging the Sky Booklet

The astroimaging experts at Celestron have teamed up with our friends at Astronomy magazine for to create this helpful guide to getting started with imaging.

Introduction to Digiscoping

This blog entry comes to us from Tim Schreckengost, a Field Ornithologist and blogger. He has worked throughout the country on several bird research projects and in his free time enjoys birding, blogging, and photography. He's especially interested in migration, radar ornithology, and keeping cats indoors. We look forward to more blog posts from Tim in the future!Digiscoping, the art ...

Moon Mosaics

This article comes to us from Grant Regen, a new guest blogger for Celestron. Grant is a teenage amateur astronomer who is just getting started with astroimaging and will explain his process and provide tips for those new to imaging. We look forward to reading more from him!Stepping off the bus, I walked over to my local camera store. On its shelves customers can find every piece of e...

How to Choose and Use Birding Optics

Celestron is thrilled to announce our latest publication, "How to Choose and Use Birding Optics." We've joined forces with our friends at Bird Watcher's Digest to create this helpful guide. 

How to Buy Your First Telescope

Interested in buying your first telescope, but not sure where to begin? Celestron has joined forces with our friends at Astronomy Magazine to create this helpful guide to make the process easy.

How to Choose a Celestron Solar System Imager

There are more high-quality, affordable, and user-friendly planetary imagers on the market today than ever before, making it easier than ever to get started with astroimaging. But with so many choices, how do you decide? We asked Celestron's imaging expert, Product Manager Bryan Cogdell some frequently asked questions to help you get started in this rewarding hobby.

Buyer's Guide: Sport Optics Q&A

Looking for a new pair of binoculars or a spotting scope, but not sure what to buy?  Sport optics come in a variety of sizes and magnifications, with a wide range of features and specifications.  This guide will help explain some of the key features and make selecting the right equipment easy.

John Davis: From Filmmaker to Astroimager

John Davis’s first telescope was a Celestron CPC 800. Though he’s had a lifelong love of stargazing, he only bought a telescope in 2007.

John Davis' Celestron Imaging Setup

Renowned astroimager John Davis first got his start in astroimaging by connecting a Nikon D80 DSLR camera to the prime focus of his Celestron CPC 800 telescope. 

Jimmy Walker's Best Shots

Astroimager and professional golfer Jimmy Walker was kind enough to share some of his favorite shots with us. Make sure to check out DarkSky Walker to see even more of his beautiful astrophotos.

All-Star Polar Alignment Technology

In order to do long-exposure astroimaging, an equatorially aligned telescope is necessary to allow your telescope to properly track the motion of the sky. Precise tracking still depends on an accurate polar alignment. Even with a visible star very near the North Celestial Pole (NCP), the true celestial pole can be a very elusive place to find without assistance. That’s where All-Star...

Microscope Glossary of Terms

Abbe condenser: A specially designed lens mounted under the microscope stage with an iris-style aperture to focus and concentrate light through a specimen and into the objective lens.  Users can control brightness, contrast, depth of field, and evenness of illumination of light during imaging by moving the condenser closer to (or further from) the objective and/or by regulating the ir...

Binocular Types

There are two basic types of binoculars: porro prisms and roof prisms. You can identify the prism construction of your binoculars at a glance. Porro prism binoculars have a right-angled bend between the objective lens and the eyepiece, which makes them form an M shape when standing on their objective lenses. Roof prism binoculars are typically straight with the objective lens in line ...

Sport Optics Glossary of Terms

7x25, 8x42, 10x50, etc.: Pronounced “7 by 25” and so on, these numbers are the common model designation for binoculars. The first number is the magnification power (an 8x or 8-power binocular magnifies the image 8 times, making it appear 8 times closer to you). The second number indicates the diameter of the objective lens; the larger this number, the larger the lens, and the more l...

Jimmy Walker’s Astroimaging Tips

As a traveling PGA golfer, Jimmy Walker knows how to maximize efficiency in his astroimaging process. From a remote observatory to a super-accurate Celestron mount, Walker uses the best equipment to create his deep sky images quickly. We caught up with Walker on the road, and he shared his best insider tips for budding imagers. 1. Learn your gear by starting with wide field images It...

Learning Skyris: Imaging the Moon

This article comes to us from Grant Regen, a new guest blogger for Celestron. Grant is a 14-year-old amateur astronomer who is just getting started with astroimaging. In his series, "Learning Skyris," Grant will explain his process and provide tips and tricks for those new to imaging. We look forward to reading more from him! Just as astronomers recommend the Moon as the first object...

Digiscoping with an iPhone and Celestron Spotting Scope

This is an introduction to a developing photography method called digiscoping. I will follow this post with tips for getting higher quality images while digiscoping. Digiscoping is the art of taking photographs through a spotting scope, binoculars, telescope, or a variety of other optical devices. 

Hawk Watching Basics

This blog entry comes to us from Tim Schreckengost, a Field Ornithologist and blogger at Thermal Birding. He has worked throughout the country on several bird research projects and in his free time enjoys birding, blogging, and photography. He's especially interested in migration, radar ornithology, and keeping cats indoors. We look forward to more blog posts from Tim in the future! ...

What to Bring for a Night of Stargazing: The Ultimate Guide

For many amateur astronomers, there is a ritual that comes along with a night of stargazing. You might have a favorite song you like to listen to, or method of assembling your scope to make sure nothing gets lost. We asked our 16,000 friends on Facebook, "Besides your telescope, what do you like to bring with you for a night of stargazing?" From your responses, we put together the u...