NEAF 2023

NEAF 2023

BINTEL AT NEAF 2024 – latest telescope and accessory news

Members of the BINTEL crew have been attending NEAF 2024 in the USA  –the world’s largest expo of telescopes and astronomy gear! – Here’s some of latest product news and releases Sunday 21st April 2023 – ZWO again lead the way, showing the move to integrated astrophotography equipment. As any astrophotographer would know, there’s a…

A new star might be visible tonight – keep an eye out for SPOLARIS-1

1st April 2024 – Australian amateur space scientists plan a launch later today to solve long-term observing problem for astronomers in the Southern Hemisphere.  We’ve heard from a number of unreliable sources that today is the launch of a new class of spacecraft – those to help amateur astronomers instead of posing problems like Elon…

What’s Metal to an astronomer? (Hint – it’s not AC/DC!)

March 27th – 2024: A common question we get asked here at BINTEL is what’s the furthest thing  I can see with my telescope along with a slightly less often asked – “what’s the oldest thing I can see and how do we know how old it is?” Currently, possibly the oldest known star in…

Celestron Advanced VX mount special – $1199

One of the most popular and highly regarded affordable telescope mounts, the Celestron Advanced VX, is on special at BINTEL Is this telescope mount for me? We’d class this as one of the smaller, but fully featured computerised mounts. It’s large enough to carry a decent sized telescope including a Celestron C8 SCT and works…

Australian and New Zealand Women in Astronomy

Australian and New Zealand women have made invaluable contributions to  the field of Astronomy – here’s just some of them. New Zealand raised and educated theoretical astrophysicist, Professor Beatrice Tinsley, published over 100 paper during her career which was sadly cut short by her death from melanoma at just 40 in 1981.  She graduated from…

Remember the Supernova in 1987 in the LMC? Well, there’s news….

23rd Feb 2023: What we see in the night sky seem timeless and eternal – things change on the timescale of millions or billions or years. Even the rare, fleeting or transient events like supernova will often take hundreds of years for the remnants to be seen.  But….. Back in 1987, when BINTEL had only…

BeaverLAB Darwin M1A Microscope – not just for viewing bugs

A quick and interesting look at some electronics that were hit by lightning via the BeaverLAB Darwin M1A Microscope, 8th Feb 2023:Today we were repairing a customer’s large Celestron computerised telescope that was the unfortunate recipient of a lightning strike. It was fairly obvious to your eyes alone that the main board wasn’t in great…

Celestron StarSense AutoAlign, Autoguider and SkySync GPS – What’s the difference?

Celestron have threee different products to help setup, align and then maintain the position of your telescope and mount throughout the night. Here’s what they do and what are the differences between them. First up – what mounts and telescopes do they work with? These devices are compatible with just about all computerised Celestron telescopes…

H-alpha, H-beta, O-III ??? How the Optolong L-eNhance and L-eXtreme filter helps with light pollution

In last week’s BINTEL newsletter (you can read it here), I mentioned the Optolong L-Quad Enhance filter. This is a broad band light pollution filter that cuts out  a very narrow range light from street lights and lamps while letting most of the visual light spectrum through. This make it a good choice for images…

New Webb images show amazing details in 19 spiral galaxies

30th Jan 2023 – Today,  NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope released a set of stunning images of near and mid-infrared portraits of 19 face-on spiral galaxies. These show details in the structure in the spiral arms of these galaxies in never seen before detail, taken in near- and mid-infrared light with the JWST. The telescope’s…

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