Celestron Skyris CCD Camera
The much anticipated new range of Celestron Skyris CCD cameras powered by The Imaging Source are now here and in stock ready for dispatch. You can see them in our online store by clicking here or by calling into our showroom in Tring.
The partnership between Celestron and The Imaging Source has been very fruitful resulting in a much improved range of Planetary CCD Cameras. Building on the original Imaging Source DMK range the Celestron Skyris cameras feature a much faster USB 3.0 connection. This allows the Celestron Skyris 618C and 618M to achieve frame rates of up to 120 fps. In addition the Celestron Skyris has an improved casing designed to improve heat disipation and does not have an extra glass cover in front of the CCD chip. This allows better light transparency and enables any dust build up to be more easily removed.
Whilst the existing range of Imaging Source DMK USB 2.0 cameras will continue to be available, the much improved USB 3.0 versions will be Exclusive to the Celestron Skyris range.
The Celestron Skyris 618C and 618M are the fastest of the range and best for pure planetary work, The Celestron Skyris 274C and 274M have the largest CCD chips on the Skyris range and are perfect for Solar Imaging, with the Celestron Skyris 445C and 445M having the smallest pixel sizes allowing higher resolution. The Skyris 445 is good inbetween choice between the 618 and the 274 with its own benefits.
Please note that our showroom will be closed on Saturday 24th August 2013 and we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. You can still browse our shop online and place orders in the normal way at www.tringastro.co.uk and we will be open as normal from Tuesday 27th. Some appointments are still available for bank holiday Monday so please call us if you are interested in visiting ‘out of hours’.
This coming week sees one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year. Its a chance for everyone to become Astronomers and better still you won’t need any equipment! This guide has been produced and shared by Ralph at Active Astronomy to help you enjoy this visual treat. For further information and other excellent astronomy based articles please visit his site at; www.activeastronomy.org
Quite a few Perseid meteors can be seen up to a week before and after the peak, but the best time to observe them is between midnight and dawn on the morning of the 13th August.
Perseus – the radiant (where the meteors appear to originate) is actually between the constellations of Perseus and Camelopardalis – see the image above.
Magnitude +2.3 (on average) but much brighter fireballs and smoke trails are often seen during the Perseids.
None needed. Perseids are best viewed with the naked eye but are also easy to photograph with a DSLR camera set to take 5-10 second exposures.
Earth’s orbit passing through debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle which returns every 130 years.
The Zenithal Hourly Rate (or ZHR) is the amount of meteors you could expect to see, on average, each hour under perfect sky conditions, if the radiant were at the zenith. The Perseids’ ZHR is around 90 but youprobably won’t see that many unless we have one of the occasional years of higher activity – 2009 saw a ZHR of 200! Also, short bursts of higher activity is also seen around the peak of the shower (8pm BST/7pm UT on 12th August).
The best way to view the Perseid meteor shower is to find a dark site. A northerly-facing recliner or a sun lounger will be a comfortable way to wait for the show. Perseus will be low on the horizon but it’s often better to look a hand’s width north of the radiant where the Earth’s atmosphere is less of a hindrance – above the ‘M’ or the crown of Cassiopeia is a good place to start. Many metoer watchers prefer to look straight up towards the zenith but you’ll know what’s best for yourself after a few minutes of observing them shoot across the sky.
But be aware that popping back into the house for a warm up will ruin your eyes’ dark adaption, so it’s best to have everything you’ll need with you when you begin.
Its official! we are delighted to be confirmed as Opticron Dealers which means we now have a huge range of optics for all you birdwatchers and nature lovers too. Opticron are a long established UK based company that offer quality optics, outstanding customer service, and fantastic aftersales care at very reasonable prices.
The Opticron range includes field scopes or spotting scopes, compact binoculars, full size binoculars, tripods and a whole range of other optical accessories. The range covers a multitude of price ranges and sizes so we usually have something to suit almost any purpose!
We keep Opticron stock and display units in our showroom or you can of course buy online at www.tringastro.co.uk
Come and see us soon – Free Hobnob with every visit applies while stocks last
Its been another couple of busy weeks here at the Tring Astronomy Centre! We are pleased to announce that we are now official dealers for Vixen and Opticron. Vixen offer an interesting and innovative range of high quality Astronomy Mounts, Tripods and Telescopes. Opticon on the other hand offer an excellent range of optics perfect for the nature lovers amongst you. Come down to the showroom and see for yourself! Don’t forget there is a free hobnob for every visitor!
We are very pleased to confirm that we are now an official Altair Astro Dealer. I have spent the last couple of nights playing with the lovely little EDT-60 Triplet which is a joy to use. The build quality is very good and the optics are simply stunning. Ive enjoyed using this scope during that daytime too whilst waiting for the skies to darken. Its a perfect travel scope that punches way above its weight! You can see this (assuming you can wrestle it off me) and a range of other Altair products in our showroom including the 80ED, Lightwave Eyepieces and the Starwave dual mounting system. We will be adding many more Altair products as time goes on, all of which we cant wait to test ourselves in the field and display for you to see and try in our showroom.
There will be a free Hob Nob for every visitor who asks to see the EDT-60 on Saturday We will be open from 9am to 2pm so come and say hello!
Its been another busy week burning the midnight oil, but finally our showroom is taking shape! Still a few more telescopes to build up, but we have put the lovely Astro Canvas prints up and have stocked up with Hob Nobs! If you are around Tring on Saturday please feel free to pop in, the coffee machine will be on!
We are located in The Old Silk Mill Trading Estate on Brook Street in Tring. When you enter the estate from the road bear left and we can be found right at the bottom!
These lovely Canvas Prints from @AstroCanvas have arrived today and I must say we are very impressed with them. They are going to look lovely on the walls of our new showroom! Watch this space!