We're a company that primarily makes digital setting circles - but we've never really offered a clear explanation about what they are (unless you count a short explanation on our brochures). This has been a mistake on our part, considering that digital setting circles can be an astronomer's most-used accessories and have benefited anyone who's ever used them.
We reckon that it's about time we sat down and wrote about the products we make and sell. Below you'll find explanations about DSCs and a little history lesson about them.Continue reading →
We attended NEAF 2016 in April. We definitely know how late this blog post is - it's been over 6 months since our trip to the States. It's just that we never got around to writing about it. But it's time we sat down for a bit and told you our story. It's a pretty interesting one. We're also posting this to give our readers a good idea of what the biggest astronomy show in the US is like and whether it's worth going (it is!).
‘Tis the season… to go out and be dazzled by the night sky! The holidays mean that our moods are high, and we’re eager to go out and spend a night under the stars.
We love theme nights and Christmas just seems like the perfect time to look at the sky. (Living in Australia means we get to enjoy a warm night out, too.) This is also a great time to spend with your family, as these constellations are all beautiful and easy to identify, thus quite interesting to show to younger family members.Continue reading →
It's true - we've found ourselves forgetting bits and pieces on nights out. We've crashed and burned as we realised we left our favourite eyepiece at home. It's even worse when we go to star parties, since we'll have to spend an entire weekend without whatever item we forgot! Some people forget to bring a tent despite bringing the tent pegs.
Through trial & error, we’ve found some great ways to make sure we bring everything we need - we all know that mental lists just don’t cut it when you’re packing last minute the morning you leave (trust us!).Continue reading →
Ageing is inevitable, and so are the aches and pains that come with it. As we get older, it becomes more difficult to spend nights observing the stars without some additional accessories to aid comfort. Standing on your feet for hours is now a lot harder than it was 10 years ago. Picking up a heavy telescope is much harder than it used to be. Even spending an extra hour at night is hard. You find yourself planning carefully for the nights out to make sure you're as comfortable as possible.
Sometimes a hobby just isn't as accessible anymore - but there are ways around these difficulties.Continue reading →