The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area

A.S.T.R.A. Telescopes

A.S.T.R.A. has several different types and sizes of telescopes, mounts, and eyepieces that are available for club members to use. 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.

astra 3

The ASTRA 3 Dobsonian telescope is an alt-azimuth-mounted (f/6) Newtonian with 203mm (8") of aperture, and a focal length of 1220mm yielding wide-field views of the Moon, nebulae, galaxies, star clusters and the planets.

The Telrad finderscope helps you locate celestial objects in the night sky by projecting a large ring that projects a 4 degree, 2 degree, and 0.5 degree bullseye in the center of the field of view.

sky watcher

The Sky-Watcher 8" f/5.9 Dobsonian is an alt-azimuth-mounted (f/6) Newtonian with 200mm (8") of aperture, and a focal length of 1200mm yielding wide-field views of the Moon, nebulae, galaxies, star clusters and the planets.

The full-sized 9 x 50 finderscope. The base weighs in at 25 pounds. 2" Crayford focuser.

Celestron 114EQ

The Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ telescope is an (f/8) Newtonian with 114mm (4.5") of aperture, and a focal length of 900mm yielding magnified views of the Moon, nebulae, star clusters and the planets.

The Telrad finderscope helps you locate celestial objects in the night sky by projecting a large ring that projects a 4 degree, 2 degree, and 0.5 degree bullseye in the center of the field of view.

The Equatorial Mount is a manual mount with flexible cable slow motion controls with large knobs, setting circles, and accessory tray. The tripod feet are rubber tipped. The legs are extendable for mounting head height ranging 42”-62". The unit breaks down easily for transportation and storage. Total assembled weight approx. 25lbs.

Celestron 130EQ

The Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ telescope is a fast (f/5) Newtonian with 130mm (5") of aperture, and a focal length of 650mm yielding bright, wide-field views of The Moon, nebulae, star clusters and planets.

The Red-Dot finderscope helps you locate celestial objects in the night sky by projecting a single red-dot in the center of the field of view.

Orion SkyView Deluxe Equatorial Mount is a manual mount with flexible cable slow motion controls with large knobs, setting circles, and accessory tray. The tripod feet are rubber tipped. The legs are extendable for mounting head height ranging 42”-62". The unit breaks down easily for transportation and storage. Total assembled weight approx. 35lbs.

Deep Sky Hunter Deep Sky Hunter 10-inch parabolic mirror (really 9.75") 1250mm focal length (makes it an F/5) 2-inch crayford-type focuser (super smooth with a 1" adapter)  Aluminum tube with enameled finish  8x50mm finderscope.
Celestron SkyAlign

This is aThis 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:
http://www.celestron.com/c3/images/files/downloads/1152120348_1106811069manua.pdf

The Quick Setup guide is available here:
http://www.celestron.com/c3/images/files/downloads/1169672639_6se8sesetupguid.pdf

Look here for an instructional video on setting up and using the telescope:
http://www.celestron.com/ajax/ajax_action.php?Content=articleContent_astronomy_145_Videos

Meade 8 LX90 The Meade 8-Inch LX90 Telescope Focal Ratio: f/10 Focal Length: 2000mm the LX-90 also comes equipped with the AutoStar Computer allowing you to not only find and track over 30,000 celestial objects.
Meade 10 LX200 The Meade 10" LX200-GPS has 10” diameter f/10 ACF optics (focal length 2500mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. Features the advanced LX200 AutoStar II computer system with 145,000 object library, multiple guided tours.
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!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:
http://www.telescope.com/assets/product_files/instructions/29226_06-12.pdf


View the Orion IntelliScope Object Locator Manual here:
http://www.company7.com/library/orion/IntelliScope_Control_RevB.pdf


See features of the Orion SkyQuest XT10 Dobsonian Telescope here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHgD0hJHmAY


Learn how to Use Orion Intelliscopes Object Locator here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmHogk9pwlw

Celestron 80mm

The Celestron SP-C80 Japanese-made achromatic telescope is an (f/11) Refractor with 80mm (3") of aperture, and a focal length of 880mm yielding bright, magnified views of The Moon, nebulae, star clusters and planets.

The Red-Dot finderscope helps you locate celestial objects in the night sky by projecting a single red-dot in the center of the field of view.

The Alt-Azimuth Mount is a manual mount with flexible cable slow motion controls with large knobs. The tripod legs are extendable for mounting head height ranging 42”-62". The unit breaks down easily for transportation and storage. Total assembled weight approx. 15lbs.

 

ES AR 127
Explore Scientific ES127D achromatic doublet refractor has: Big 5" aperture, Focal Ratio f/6.5, Focal Length 825mm, fully multicoated achromatic doublet refractor optics. Collimatable objective lens cell for fine-tuning the images. Big 8 x 50mm finderscope2" dielectric star diagonal with 1.25" eyepiece adapterTube rings with carry handle and Vixen-style dovetail plate.

 

 

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

Astronomy for Beginners - Getting Started Stargazing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLgPe_f-QCc

Telescope Basics:

Video 1 (Types of telescopes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goL3K_xQzbE&list=TL9Ywk7mrSPsAQmWSBRTdyDlipOnoDoWXB

Video 2 (Magnification/Focal Ratio) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpnB5w_gZsI&list=TL9Ywk7mrSPsAQmWSBRTdyDlipOnoDoWXB

Video 3 (Standard Eyepieces) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DODk3cJam68&list=TL9Ywk7mrSPsAQmWSBRTdyDlipOnoDoWXB

Video 4 (Field of View) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oALhSq0hoY&list=TL9Ywk7mrSPsAQmWSBRTdyDlipOnoDoWXB

Video 5 (Barlow Lenses) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpF1_Q5yPsk&list=TL9Ywk7mrSPsAQmWSBRTdyDlipOnoDoWXB

Video 6 (Finderscope Types & Alignment) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waPj5AkXirs&list=TL9Ywk7mrSPsAQmWSBRTdyDlipOnoDoWXB

Stargazing Basics:

Video 1 (Getting Oriented) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUbG8jboh4M&list=TL9Ywk7mrSPsAQmWSBRTdyDlipOnoDoWXB

Video 2 (Understanding Magnitudes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P8Veb_AlJ0&list=TL9Ywk7mrSPsAQmWSBRTdyDlipOnoDoWXB

How to Align an Equatorial Mount:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plx6XXDgf2E&list=TL9Ywk7mrSPsAQmWSBRTdyDlipOnoDoWXB

How to use an equatorial mount:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7HVDKAZ6eM&list=TL9Ywk7mrSPsAQmWSBRTdyDlipOnoDoWXB

 


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 Last update: 11/13/2016 by John Endreson