Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Toy

Last weekend, I acquired a Celestron Nexstar GPS 9.25. This is a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope that features a built in GPS to determine where it is, thus enabling it to select bright stars to align itself. After the alignment, you can select any object in the extensive database, and the telescope will automatically slew to that object.

The 9.25" OTA has gotten a good deal of ink since it was introduced. The primary mirror is a longer focal length than the 8" or 11" Celestrons, and it's developed a reputation for contrast and optical excellence.

I'll be testing it this weekend at the George Observatory (January 19).

1 comment:

Annalisa said...

That sounds incredibly neat. Can't wait to hear what you think after you take it for a spin!