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Astronomy Resources

First of all, no we don't currently sell any astronomy-specific products.  Why you ask?  The reason is straight-forward:  it's a very specialized area and we think these products are best left to the experts to sell and service.

For those in the Lower Mainland of BC, we highly recommend Markarian Fine Optics.  We are very impressed with Harout's deep and up-to-date expertise, passion and professionalism.  We also love how warm, friendly and outgoing he is!

We understand that All-Star Telescope (based in Alberta) and Ontario Telescope also have excellent reputations. 

Resources

We love astronomy we'd like to share a list of invaluable (and free) resources that have helped us enormously:

(1)  www.cleardarksky.com  An indispensable time-and-effort saver and frustration-reducer.  Includes very precise cloud cover forecasts, light pollution maps, hour-by-hour weather info, Aurora Borealis, and countless other items for your location (and most others in North America).

(2)  stellarium.org  A very popular and remarkable resource to understand your night (or daytime) sky.  We love the ability to plan the best date / time / location to view target objects... eg., if you want to see Jupiter, you can scroll the date / time forward for your location to track its location in your sky.

 (3)  astronomy-tools  As beginners, we used to think that viewing say, the Moon, was a simple question of pointing a telescope at the Moon.  If you've tried this, you may have been surprised with the results...most likely you were at a different "zoom" level than you were expecting (unless you were smart enough to take advice, read directions, etc.).  As we now know, the key is to understand how your telescope and eyepiece interact to produce magnification.

The above tool can help solve this problem for you in advance.  You can input any telescope/eyepiece combination and you will get a surprisingly accurate prediction of what you will see through your telescope for virtually any object of interest.

To go a step further, we created our own Excel tool that will make recommendations for you.  Check it out here.  (NB:  at the moment we show only TeleVue eyepieces - widely considered to be the finest in the world.  We intend to update the tool over time with other mainstream brands).

(4) BBC Sky at Night Magazine  An excellent resource that includes detailed, thoughtful and reliable reviews of a huge range of astronomy equipment.  We recently relied upon this resource to choose a grab-and-go mount that we plan to take to Tofino, BC for some awesome dark sky viewing!  (NB:  we chose a Vixen SX2 with Starbook Ten controller - with Harout's help, we also plan to use Sky Safari with this mount).

(5) Astromart.com  It's like eBay, but just for astronomy equipment.  We've heard some mixed reviews, but (so far) we've had a very good experience with the service.  If you are okay with used or like-new equipment, there are some great deals to be found.