Orion was founded in 1975 by Tim Gieseler of Santa Cruz, California. The company was known as Optronic Technologies for the first handful of years, and they manufactured electronic accessories, such as single and dual-axis drive correctors under the trademarked name, AccuTrack. Later, "Orion" was created as a subsidiary of Optronic Technologies to market consumer telescopes, and by the late 1980's, Orion became the largest mail order reseller of astronomical equipment in the world. Amateur astronomers were excited to see the latest Orion catalog in their mailbox during those years. After all, that was before the internet came along, and, just like the Sears catalog back in the day, the Orion telescope accessories catalog was one of the few ways to buy astronomical gear in most parts of the country.
Today, Orion Telescopes manufacturers a dazzling array of astronomy products, including telescopes, equatorial and alt-azimuth Orion telescope mounts, and Orion telescope accessories like CCD imagers, eyepieces, Barlows, telescope cases, filters, binoculars, tripods, finders, and so much more. One of our favorite Orion telescopes for sale is the SkyQuest Dobsonian telescope. These very simple "Light Bucket" Newtonian telescopes give observers a lot of bang for the buck due to their large mirrors and lack of electronics, but Orion took the Dobsonian into the 21st century with the addition of computerized GoTo electronics! This "have your cake and eat it, too" telescope combines the ease and light-gathering of the classic Dobsonian with the cutting-edge electronics that customers have come to expect. High Point is happy to offer our customers quality Orion telescope accessories and Orion telescopes for sale. If you do not see what you are looking for in our online catalog of Orion telescope parts and accessories, feel free to give us a call! We can special order most any Orion telescope or accessory, and have it to you in a matter of days.
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One of the main considerations when choosing an astrophotography camera is whether it comes with a color or monochrome (black & white) sensor. There is a large selection to choose from either way, although a good number of relatively inexpensive beginner imaging cameras often come in color only.
While a color camera may be easier to master, a monochrome astro-imaging camera is nice because you can shoot in black and white, or you can add an external color filter wheel to the system and image in color. In fact, some monochrome cameras come with an internal filter wheel! Regardless of whether the filter wheel is internal or external, most of the time you will need to buy the filters themselves separately. That is usually best, however, because there is a huge selection of imaging filters to choose from, including the basic LRGB (Luminance, Red, Green & Blue) filter set as well as narrowband filters that allow you to explore particular wavelengths of light alone or as a group.
While this is a huge subject, here is the takeaway: A color camera is a good choice if you want to end up with color images but don't want the added expense and learning curve of a monochrome camera and filter wheel. However, a monochrome camera will grow with you as you add accessories to expand its capabilities.