The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area

A.S.T.R.A. Telescopes

A.S.T.R.A. owns an H-Alpha Solar telescope, an 8 inch 'Go-To' Schmidt-Cassegrain, two Dobsonian and two refractor telescopes plus a pair of astronomical binoculars. After suitable training, club members may borrow these instruments for a month at a time. Contact John Endreson if your interested is using one of our scopes.

Celestron 15X70

This is a Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 binocular:

  • 15x magnification, BAK-4 porro prism binocular
  • 70 mm objective lens for maximum image brightness in low-light and long-range conditions
  • Sharp focus across the field of view
  • Multi-Coated optics
  • Suitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewing
  • Protective water resistant rubber covering
  • Large center focus knob plus diopter adjustment
  • Tripod adapter included
  • Long (18mm) eye relief ideal for eyeglass wearers


Celestron SkyAlign

This is a Celestron 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope with Nexstar GoTo mount with a database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you. SkyAlign technology gets the telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes.

Included is a 12 volt car adapter power cord and a 110 AC to 12 volt power adapter.

The telescope manual can be found here:

The Quick Setup guide is available here:

Look here for an instructional video on setting up and using the telescope:

8 inch Dobsonian

This is a 6 inch, f/5, Dobsonian Telescope with a 1.25 Helical Focuser and TELRAD Finder.

8 inch Dobsonian

This is an 8 inch, f/4 Dobsonian Telescope with a 1.25 Helical Focuser and TELRAD Finder.

Orion Skyquest 10i

This is an Orion SkyQuest XT10 'Intelliscope'. It is a big 10" diameter f/4.7 Dobsonian Reflector telescope with the ability to locate any of more than 14,000 fascinating celestial objects with pushbutton ease!

View the 10” Orion SkyQuest XTI Telescope Manual here:

View the Orion IntelliScope Object Locator Manual here:

See features of the Orion SkyQuest XT10 Dobsonian Telescope here:

Learn how to Use Orion Intelliscopes Object Locator here:

Celestron 80mm

This is a Celestron SP-C80 Japanese-made 80mm, f/11 achromatic refractor with a German Equatorial Mount (Vixen Super Polaris). It accepts 1.25" eyepieces and has a 'Red Dot' Finder.

Orion 120mm

This is a 120mm Orion 'AstroView', f/8.3 refractor with an Equatorial Mount. It accepts 1.25" eyepieces and has an optical finder scope.

A range of eyepieces and filters are also available for use with these telescopes. Image magnification and field of view will depend on which eyepiece set and telescope are selected.

Here is a collection of helpfull videos for beginning and experienced astronomers (Courtesey of John Endresen Jr.):

Astronomy for Beginners - Getting Started Stargazing!

Telescope Basics:

Video 1 (Types of telescopes)

Video 2 (Magnification/Focal Ratio)

Video 3 (Standard Eyepieces)

Video 4 (Field of View)

Video 5 (Barlow Lenses)

Video 6 (Finderscope Types & Alignment)

Stargazing Basics:

Video 1 (Getting Oriented)

Video 2 (Understanding Magnitudes)

How to Align an Equatorial Mount:

How to use an equatorial mount:


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 Last update: 11/13/2016 by John Endreson