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Celestron HD Pro Heavy Duty Wedge - 93664

SKU: CEL-93664
  • This Celestron HD Pro Wedge is expressly designed for up to 11" fork-mounted Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope models.
  • Boasting a 14 mm diameter Latitude Adjustment Screw for extra strength and stability, the Celestron HD Pro Wedge minimizes vibration to allow easier rotation of heavy telescopes.
  • Features a built-in telescope hand control unit holder.
  • A recessed tilt plate fits the base of the telescope to enable attachment via simple rotation.
  • Bulkier heavy-duty side plates offer greater rigidity for reduced vibration during imaging sessions.
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$419.95 $369.95

Meade Standard Equatorial Wedge For 7" & 8" Telescopes - 07002

SKU: MEA-07002
  • This Meade Standard Equatorial Wedge enables long-exposure astrophotography with 7” Mak-Cass as well as 8” SCT and ACF telescopes by allowing alt-azimuth style field rotation in equatorial mode.
  • Conforms to the area between the telescope and standard field tripod.
  • User-friendly knobs allow adjustments for both setting latitude angle and for accurate polar alignment.
  • Boasting sturdy construction, the Meade Standard Equatorial Wedge provides a solid foundation for astrophotography applications with 7" and 8" telescopes.
$229.00 $206.00

Meade X Wedge Equatorial Wedge - 07028

SKU: MEA-07028
  • This Meade X-Wedge Equatorial Wedge facilitates extended astro-imaging exposures longer than about 5 minutes using Meade LX200 and LX600 Schmidt-Cassegrain and ACF telescope models.
  • Fits between the telescope and the tripod to allow equatorial-style mounts to be tilted to correspond with the observer's latitude for precise polar alignment for your telescope.
  • The Meade X-Wedge is an exceptionallly heavy-duty wedge that provides mounting with excellent vibration damping that is both secure and stable.
  • Made from ultra-rigid precision CNC-machined aircraft grade aluminum with smooth and accurate adjustments for altitude and azimuth.
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$599.00 $539.00

Meade LX90 Wedge Adapter Plate - 07389

SKU: MEA-07389
  • Meade Adapter Plate for attaching LX90 model telescopes to Meade Equatorial Wedges.
  • Facilitates precise polar alignment for astro-imaging.
  • Makes the standard three hole mounting pattern found on Meade wedges compatible with the single central mounting bolt all LX90 telescopes require.
  • Supplies all LX90 sizes with the rigid stability necessary for mounting to any Meade Equatorial Wedge.
$39.99 $34.95
Software Bisque Latitude Adjustment Wedge for Paramount ME/MEII Mounts

Software Bisque Latitude Adjustment Wedge for Paramount ME or ME II - LATADJMEII/ME

  • This Latitude Adjustment Wedge from Software Bisque is designed to be used with their Paramount ME and MEII equatorial mounts.
  • Enables polar alignment at latitudes ranging from 0-15 and from 58-90 degrees to be obtained.
  • Latitudes from 16-57 degrees are covered by the "built-in" latitude ranges for the Software Bisque Paramount ME and ME II.
Software Bisque Latitude Adjustment Wedge for Paramount MX Mount

Software Bisque Paramount MX Latitude Adjustment Wedge - LATADJMX

  • This Software Bisque Latitude Adjustment Wedge is designed to be compatible with the Paramount MX equatorial mount.
  • Makes polar alignment achievable for 0-10 and 65-90 degree latitude ranges.
  • Latitudes between 10 and 65 degrees are already covered by the Paramount MX's native latitude range.
iOptron Adjustable AZ Base - Black

iOptron SkyTracker Adjustable AZ Base - Black - 3307B

SKU: IOP-3307B
  • This iOptron SkyTracker AZ Base in black allows adjustments during polar alignment with the SkyTracker and tripod connected.
  • Includes indicators for altitude modifications.
  • Replacement AZ Base included as standard equipment on all new iOptron SkyTracker Mounts.
$49.00 $39.20

Celestron Equatorial Wedge for NexStar Evolution and 6/8 SE Telescopes - 93665

SKU: CEL-93665
  • Convert your Celestron NexStar 6SE, 8SE, or Evolution alt-azimuth telescope into an equatorial system by using this Celestron Equatorial Wedge.
  • Despite being relatively lightweight at 15 pounds, this Celestron Wedge accepts payloads weighing up to 36 pounds, making it easily capable of taking on an 8" OTA loaded with accessories.
  • Features an integrated bubble level and latitude scale with clear markings.
  • Jumbo-sized knobs make adjustments easy even under heavy loads.
  • Requires no tools for both setting up and making adjustments during use.
$319.95 $299.95
iOptron Adjustable AZ Base - White

iOptron SkyTracker Adjustable AZ Base - White - 3307W

SKU: IOP-3307W
  • This iOptron SkyTracker AZ Base in white allows adjustments during polar alignment with the SkyTracker and tripod connected.
  • Includes indicators for altitude modifications.
  • Replacement AZ Base included as standard equipment on all new iOptron SkyTracker Mounts.

Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Latitude EQ Base - S20530

SKU: SKY-S20530
  • This Sky-Watcher Equatorial Base Wedge provides the Star Adventurer Multi-Function Mount with latitude adjustment capability for precise polar alignment.
  • Fits between the Star Adventurer Mount and your tripod.
  • Offers latitude adjustment from 0 to 70 degrees.
  • A knob for making horizontal adjustments is also included, as is a bubble level to ensure your base is completely horizontal.

Shop Telescope Cameras for Astrophotography

Photography of the night sky is called Astrophotography, or Astro-Imaging. The most common form of astrophotography is accomplished by attaching a camera to a telescope in order to use that telescope as a very powerful camera lens. However, astrophotography can be done with a variety of different set-ups, from attaching a DSLR camera to a tripod, pointing it at the sky, and taking a longer than normal exposures, to using a smartphone adapter to take quick pictures through a telescope or spotting scope. In fact, if you have a camera and want to take pictures of the night sky or a celestial object, there are several pieces of astrophotography equipment on the market today that will let you do just that, with or without a telescope.

While taking pictures of the Milky Way or star trails is cool, most amateur astronomers who enjoy astrophotography buy a special camera that is designed for astro-imaging through a telescope. Because astrophotography cameras vary so much in price, a beginner might start out with a planetary, or solar system imager. These inexpensive digital cameras use a small CMOS sensor to gather the light of a bright object, such as the Moon, Saturn, or Jupiter, and then off-load the image to the astrophotographer's computer for processing with specialized software that is included in the camera package. Once they get their feet wet, most amateur astronomers buy an astrophotography camera with a larger, more sensitive sensor so that they can image fainter celestial objects. Astro-imaging cameras come with either color or monochrome sensors and have a variety of features and accessories that enhance their results. Today's astronomy cameras are so sensitive and have so many helpful features that serious astro-imagers can get results that rival those found in astronomy and science magazines!

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