Wednesday, 20 December 2017

New law against laser pointer use

Under new proposals there will be severe punishments for offenders shining laser pens at air, ground or sea vehicles. The new law has been put forward by the transport department.

The first reading of the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill took place at the House of Lords on 20 December 2017. This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords. The second reading will include the general debate on all aspects of the Bill and will take place on 9th  January 2018.

Amateur astronomers with laser pointers should exercise caution.

The current legislation punishes someone found guilty of shining a laser at an aircraft with a maximum fine of £2,500.  The new laser misuse (vehicles) bill, published today, expands the types of transport that are covered to include trains, buses, boats and hovercraft.

There has a been a steady increase in incidents involving the misuse of lasers since 2011. Approximately 1,250 cases were reported in total in 2016. Laser beam attacks at Heathrow airport rose by 25% in the last year.

When a laser beam hits the windscreen of a cockpit glass the light spreads dazzling the pilot and making it very difficult to see the ground.

People convicted of shining a laser at the operator of any vehicle could face five years in prison. The Department for Transport (DfT) has put forward tough new penalties for the offence, including unlimited fines. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is also considering the findings of a call for evidence on updating regulations for selling laser pointers.


Tougher new law

The new law will make it easier to prosecute offenders by removing the need to prove they intended to endanger a vehicle. It will be an offence to dazzle or even distract the operator of a vehicle either deliberately or if reasonable precautions to avoid doing so are not taken.

Laser pointers

Laser pointers or laser pens are portable, low-powered, battery-operated hand-held devices. They are often used during presentations in astronomy to point out or highlight a planet or a star. They produce a small and narrow beam of visible red or green light.

Laser pointers purchased from reputable UK sources are limited in their power density so that damage cannot be caused to the eyes. However, there are laser pointers sold online, often from sellers in the Far East, that are much more powerful.


Up to date information on the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill at:
UK Parliament - Laser Misuse Vehicles Bill


Thursday, 19 October 2017

SolarMax III and Series 6000 ED Quad


The new Meade Series 6000 ED70 ED Quadruplet and the Coronado SolarMax III 70 telescopes have been announced in the November 2017 issue of Astronomy Now magazine.



Meade Series 6000 70mm Quadruplet

For crisp wide field observing and imaging, nothing can beat a true quadruplet-element Apochromatic Refractor (APO). Find out more about the Meade Series 6000 ED Refractors on Opticstar’s Meade UK website:
www.MeadeUK.com/Meade-OTA-ED-telescopes.html



Coronado Solar Max III 70

The SolarMax III is a 70mm F/5.7 refractor equipped with 60mm external hydrogen – alpha (H-α) filters. The single-stacked (<0.7 Angstrom) bandpass is available with either 10mm or 15mm blocking filter. More information on the Coronado SolarMax III 70 solar telescopes on Opticstar’s Meade UK website:
www.MeadeUK.com/Coronado-Solar-Telescopes.html


About Astronomy Now magazine at:
https://AstronomyNow.com/


Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.
www.opticstar.com

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Introducing the Coronado SolarMax II

Find out why the revolutionary Coronado SolarMax II with RichView™ tuning technology brings solar viewing to a whole new level.





The Coronado range of solar telescopes are manufactured by Meade Instruments. For more information on the Coronado SolarMax II please follow the links below.

Coronado Solar Telescopes
www.MeadeUK.com/Coronado-Solar-Telescopes.html


Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.
www.opticstar.com

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Meade LPI-G camera review

A review of the LPI-G Colour camera has been published in the July 2017 issue of BBC Sky at Night magazine. The LPI-G is a planetary, lunar and solar imaging camera.

Note: for solar imaging the camera must be used with a dedicated solar telescope.



Planetary Imaging

The LPI-G is attached to a computer via a USB port and it is entirely operated through its bundled software. The camera has a built-in frame buffer (memory) to ensure that it does not drop frames when operated at high speeds. For planetary imaging, the camera can operate at a maximum resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels at 28 frames per second. Supported computer operating systems include Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and Linux

Auto-Guiding

The LPI-G can operate as an auto-guide camera when used with a Windows based computer through the ASCOM software platform. An auto-guide cable is included with the camera. The auto-guide cable is attached to the telescope’s auto-guide port (ST4-type) on one side and on the camera on the other side.

Please note that if you wish to use the LPI-G with a Meade LX90 telescope, the Meade Auto-guider Port Module (SKU: 07509) is required. The port module is plugged into the telescope’s auxiliary port enabling it to be used as an auto-guide port.

Colour or Monochrome

There are two models of the LPI-G; colour (SKU: 645001) and monochrome (SKU: 645002). To produce colour images using the monochrome model requires optical filters and typically a filter wheel. This type of imaging is undertaken by experienced users in order to get the best results possible. However, the colour model can produce good results with less effort.





Find out more about BBC Sky at Night magazine at:

More information about the Meade LPI-G cameras on Opticstar’s Meade UK website:

Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Introducing the Coronado Personal Solar Telescope


The Coronado Personal Solar Telescope (P.S.T.) is the world’s most popular solar telescope. The PST is portable and powerful at the same time. It can show prominences, active regions, filaments, as well as other surface details.

It is thermally stable and requires no more time to operate than putting in an eyepiece and adjusting the focus. It fits any standard photographic tripod.






The Coronado range of solar telescopes are manufactured by Meade Instruments. For more information on the Coronado PST please follow the links below.


Coronado PST - Personal Solar Telescope
www.MeadeUK.com/Coronado-PST-telescopes.html

Monday, 22 May 2017

Meade ETX90 Observer review

There is another excellent review for the ETX90 Observer published in the June issue of Astronomy Now magazine.

The review states that “Meade have produced an amazing computer-controlled telescope for a very reasonable price and one that could potentially give a backyard astronomer many years of good service…”.

Other highlights mentioned in the review are the superb optics and the amazing GoTo system.

Over the years, the Meade ETX telescopes have set the standard as the most popular advanced small telescopes on the market.

The June 2017 issue of Astronomy Now magazine is out now.






Find out more about Astronomy Now magazine at:
https://astronomynow.com/

More information about the Meade ETX90 Observer on Opticstar’s Meade UK website:
www.MeadeUK.com/Meade-ETX-telescopes.html

Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.
www.opticstar.com

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Meade ETX Observer review

The ETX Observer series of telescopes is reviewed in issue 64 of All About Space magazine.


The review states that “if you struggle to find your way around the night sky but don’t want to miss out on the best views, then look no further…”.

It points out the many unique features of the ETX Observer models including the AudioStar handbox controller, dual-arm fork mount, portability, superior construction, superb optics and more.

Over the years, the Meade ETX telescopes have set the standard as the most popular advanced small telescopes on the market.

Issue 64 of All About Space magazine is out now.




Find out more about All About Space magazine at:
www.spaceanswers.com





More information about the ETX Observer series on Opticstar’s Meade UK website:
www.MeadeUK.com/Meade-ETX-telescopes.html


Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.
www.opticstar.com



Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Meade telescope offers at AstroFest 2017

The European AstroFest is now over for another year. Pulsar Observatories had a large display of Meade and Coronado telescopes as well as showing their latest observatory domes. Pulsar offered attractive deals on packages of Meade telescopes and Pulsar domes when purchased together. Some packages included free cooled CCD cameras. This promotion is currently ongoing.













Information on Meade and Coronado products.
www.MeadeUK.com

More on the Pulsar Observatories range of domes.
www.pulsarobservatories.com

Information on the European AstroFest.
www.europeanastrofest.com

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Meade at the European AstroFest 2017


Meade and Coronado telescopes will be on display at the European AstroFest on the 10 and 11 February 2017. Meade telescopes on display include the LS (LightSwitch), LX90 and LX600. Furthermore, the Coronado PST and SolarMax solar telescopes will also be on show. These telescopes will be exhibited at the Pulsar Observatories stand.


Meade and Pulsar Observatories at the European AstroFest 2017.



Meade Instruments

Meade Instruments is acknowledged as the leading and most innovative company in the telescope market. Meade has introduced dozens of improvements over the years that have made amateur astronomy easier to access and more enjoyable than ever. Coronado solar telescopes are designed and manufactured by Meade. Coronado is the leading brand in solar astronomy.


Pulsar Observatories

Pulsar Observatories' domes are manufactured from high-quality fibre-glass making them extremely durable and weatherproof. The domes are available as stand-alone units, in short versions for roof-top installation, and dome top only for self-build projects. Pulsar Observatories is the leading manufacturer of astronomical observatory domes in the United Kingdom and supply and install domes internationally.



European AstroFest

The European AstroFest comprises of an exhibition and a conference in a single venue. The European AstroFest takes place at the Kensington Conference and Events Centre on 10 and 11 February 2017. The address of the venue is Kensington Conference and Events Centre, The Town Hall, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX.





Information on the European AstroFest 2017.

More on the Pulsar Observatories range of domes.
http://www.pulsarobservatories.com/

Information on Meade and Coronado products.





Thursday, 12 January 2017

Meade LX850 advert in print

A new advertisement has appeared in Astronomy Now magazine. it promotes the LX850 series of equatorial telescopes.


The Meade LX850 telescopes are the best in their class. Sky & Telescope Magazine had the following to say about these telescopes: "The LX850 Astro-Imaging System is a quantum leap forward. It has done for deep-sky astrophotography what Go-To telescopes did for observing".

The printed advert appears in the magazine as shown below.



Find out more about the Meade LX850 ACF telescopes at:
www.MeadeUK.com/Meade-LX850-ACF-telescopes.html