Below are some links to other web
sites that we have found particularly useful and interesting, or to other
businesses whose products we've tried or used with our own telescopes and found
Reviews and Classifieds
- Great source for user
reviews and forums
- Free Classifieds and Forums
Telescope Systems - Very rigid and well made telescope piers
(portable and fixed).
Particle Wave Technologies
- Innovative and very solid piers (portable and fixed).
Telescope Engineering Company - Superb
Maksutovs and Apochromatic Refractors.
- Amateur Observatories
Observatories - a page linking to a large number of observatory and
Rocky Plains Observatory - Our own backyard
observatory. Lots of construction details and astro images.
Taconic Observatory - Roll-off observatory
construction in progress. Nice site and layout (warm room). Makes
use of the roller/track design we designed for use in our own observatory.
awesome CCD images, even from a suburban location
Robert Provin - one of the
original 'masters' of film
Brad Wallis - He and Robert wrote the book (s??)
Mandel - CCD images and CCD widefield
Gleason - More great images, CCD and Film
- Solar Links
Solar Spectrum eGroup
- Great place to discuss Solar Spectrum products and meet other users.
Solar Observers eGroup
- Another place for general Solar Observing (including white light).
- More good H-Alpha discussion, though some specific to Daystar filters (which
have many similarities to Solar Spectrum).
- NexStar Links
Mike Swanson - NexStar
Resource Site, a nice site with reviews, great NexStar GT advice.
- Great group for all things NexStar, including many users of
Baader NexStar Brackets. Other good groups
are refractors, MakScopes, ap-ug, and digital_astro.
NOAA Wind Profiler - Gives current wind
velocities as a function of altitude (pressure). In our region, the wind
speeds and directions often are an indicator of seeing conditions. If you
are reasonably close to a profiler station, you might find this to be the case
in your area.