Bintel attends the Hunter Valley Star Party!

A star party in wine country? Count us in! A few of us just spent the last weekend of September in the Hunter Valley with the Northern Sydney Astronomical Society. The party got underway beneath cloudy skies (which understandably isn’t the best for folks trying to stargaze), but it did give us an opportunity to kick back and get to know the members of this lively society. Not to worry, before long the clouds very kindly stepped aside to allow for great seeing conditions, ending the party on a great note for everyone involved; even those hard to please imagers!

Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned veteran of the sky, there really is something for everyone to have a great time at the Hunter Valley Star Party.

Drop us a line if you’re local and would like more information about joining next year!

SkyWatcher VIP Event – Observatory Grade Mount Launch

SkyWatcher are having an official launch party at the Bintel store in Glebe, Sydney at 7pm October 18th. Join us and special guest Dylan O’Donnell (StarStuff, Byron Bay Observatory) for details about this exciting new observatory grade mount. Exclusive specials for attendees Over $1000 worth of SkyWatcher giveaways Exclusive look at Skywatchers First Observatory Class…

A Tale of Two Comets – C/2018 W1 Africano & C/2019 2I Borisov

Comet gazers this week are being treated to views of comet “Africano” discovered last year by B.M.Africano at Mt Lemmon and reported merely 21 minutes before the Catalina Sky Survey noticed it too. Africano passed within 0.5 AU (half the distance between the Sun and the Earth) and currently appears to moving towards Neptune in…

Bintel attends the Macquarie University Open Night

Saturday 7th September and it’s the Annual Macquarie University Astronomy Open Night. Bintel has been supporting these nights since they were started by Dr Alan Vaughan back in the mid 80s. This year was the first time for Bintel team members David Caradonna, Jack Gow and Braeden Borg and the 30th for Bintel technicians Mick…

An Inky Black Continent – An Update on Light Pollution in Australia by Marnie Ogg

Pictured: Perth as seen from the International Space Station (via National Geographic) An Inky black continent Light pollution has hit the radar and Australia now has two International Dark-Sky places. One in NSW National Park, the Warrumbungles another in Queensland, at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs and a few in various states of creation. Increasingly, lighting companies…

The Man with the Golden Telescope.

[ux_slider label=”Telescope Gallery” bullets=”false” auto_slide=”false”] [ux_banner label=”Title” height=”500px” bg=”51564″] [text_box position_x=”50″ position_y=”50″] A Bintel Story DON WHITEMAN Telescope Technician Education & Corporate Manager [/text_box] [/ux_banner] [/ux_slider] [row] [col span=”6″ span__sm=”12″] INTRODUCTION The Binocular & Telescope store is well known for selling and supporting consumer telescopes, but behind the scenes research & government requests for custom-built…

ZWO Planetary Camera Prices SLASHED!

From now until August 25th we’ve slashed prices on a wide range of ZWO Cameras! Check out the links below for more info …

Eltham College Observatory

Bintel are proud to help supply and support the equipment for Eltham College Observatory! The fully remote Observatory was built by Brett Soames of Bathurst and currently houses the following instruments; Software Bisque Paramount ME11 Planewave 17″ CDK Software Bisque MX+ Celestron 11″ RASA The Original Observatory was badly damaged in storms in 2011 and…

Carina Challenge Winners!

And the winners are … In no particular order congratulations to : Clint Hodgart, Greg Bock, Dave Manning, Nova Edgecombe & Rohan Hinton! You’ve won a $100 store credit voucher each! Also special mentions must go to these outstanding entries also : Anthea Wills, Chi Chan, Damien Finlayson, Dane Jago, Diego Colonnello, Jessica Carlisle, John…

Telescope Questionnaire – Let us help you find the right telescope!

Do you need a bit of assistance finding the right telescope? Perhaps the telescope is a gift and you need someone to help you through the process so that you get something reasonable? We are here to help! Just answer as many questions as you can on the form below, and our skilled staff will…

“Christmas Comet” 46P Wirtanen – 2018 Close Approach Information

Comet Wirtanen swings by the Sun every 5.5 years or so, and because of this orbital period it can vary in brightness and proximity to the Earth each time. This year however we are in for a real treat with Wirtanen’s flyby being the closest and brightest for the next 20 years and right around…

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