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VX10 First Light

At the end of August 2014, Dide van den Heuvel, Prinsenbeek, The Netherlands took possession of a new VX10 250/1200mm (bought at Astromarket BE). Shortly after he produced this, his first image! Dide wanted to share his picture with a note to say thanks for a great product!! Technical data: SBIG ST8300m, 14x 900sec Ha,…

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It’s all about the detail!

This new image from AG12 owner Peter Shah shows great detail in IC5146 – The Cocoon Nebula in Cygnus. Always up for a challenge, Pete captures the intriguing background emission to great effect. With a total image time of some 22 hours the AG12 certainly delivers the goods!

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New ODK12 Images added!

Luigi Fontana from Italy has sent in some great images taken with his ODK12 and various camera combinations. We always love to see sharp images and the deeper and more obscure the better. Well done Luigi we are pleased to add your images to the gallery!

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Power Loss

Power restored, about 10 hours production lost. Everything now running except coating machine which stopped with a valve open and destroyed £1200 worth of high vacuum oil. 1 in a 1000 chance the power was lost mid valve changeover on machine. An 11,000 volt cable outside our factory has exploded and we have lost power…

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Lightweight mirror development

We have been carrying out some important research development with a a large international company. one aspect of that research has been the design and manufacture of super lightweight mirrors. We are in the process of continuing that research and hope soon to be able to offer telescope mirrors which are up to 65% lighter…

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ACU Motorfocus System

We now offer a motorfocus system for our ACU range of focusers. Belt driven, temperature compensated and very accurate. The system is available with or without handbox control and is available on the Focusers page (see link opposite) and also available as an option on our CT, AG and ODK telescope model pages.

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New Dealer in Greece

We are pleased to welcome major Greek dealer Planetarium of Thessaloniki into the Orion Optics UK family! With a well established network in the country, we wish them continued success. (See also link from International Dealers Page for 2nd website).

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ODK20 Images & info from ESO

Born in Taranto (Italy), Gianluca Lombardi works as an astronomer at ESO La Silla–Paranal Observatory and has been in charge of the E-ELT site testing at all Chilean sites since 2007. Gianluca is an ESO Photo Ambassador, The ESO education and Public Outreach Department has proudly designated night-sky photographers with special ties to ESO as…

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AG12 image of M31

We make no excuses for posting this link to Jonas’s web site of this spectacular image. Many people think one of the best if not the best image ever taken of M31 Enjoy !

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TeleVue Further Update

All Eyepieces, diagonals, etc. now uploaded and on line. Please note, the prices here and on web page do not include VAT. Delos £206Ethos £343Naglers from £187Panoptics from £152Plossls from £55 Lots more kit to be advised in the coming future, keep watching for updates.

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