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More on the Galileoscope

It has been a while since I have written about the Galileoscope.  I got mine a few weeks ago and know many people have received them and another shipment is just arriving at the warehouse so if you are still waiting, the wait isSaturn Cropped-pete about over. If you haven’t ordered any, this is a great time since your wait time for the scopes should be shorter.

First, there have been some problems with people finding the small lenses for the eyepieces.  There is a piece of packing foam on top of the objective lens.  The eyepiece lenses are in this piece of foam which is easily mistaken for packing material.  The directions that come with the Galileoscope are not the best.  Fortunately, you can download an updated set at the Gaileoscope website.  There is also a pictorial version for those who may not be able to read English.

So now you got your Galileoscope assembled and are starting to play with it.  You might want to check out how to Pimp My Galileoscope on the Cloudy Nights Forum. You can also check out photos of and taken through the Galileoscope on Flickr. I think it is safe to say that people are seeing more with the Galileoscope than Galileo saw through his!

Although Saturn is too low in the sky to observe right now, the image to the right was taken by me through the Galileoscope using a cheap (less than $100) HP digital camera.  You can clearly see the nearly edge on rings, even at 25x.  I hope to get a good image of Jupiter soon and will post it if I do.

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August 20, 2009 - Posted by | Astrophotography, International Year of Astronomy, Observing

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