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Innovative Astronomy Gear

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S&T'S CELESTIAL GLOBE
Sky & Telescope skyandtelescope.com

What? Did you think we wouldn't have a Hot Product pick
of our own? Think again. More than a year of research, planning, and testing went into the production of this 12-inch celestial globe, which features a correct-reading perspective of
the heavens. Nearly 3,000 stars to magnitude 5.5, including
194 shown with their common names, and more than 200
identified deep-sky objects are plotted along with the familiar
constellation patterns from our monthly center star map,
constellation boundaries, the ecliptic (showing the Sun's
monthly position), the Milky Way, and a coordinate grid.
* U.S. price: $99.95

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L-O-A 21 3-D EYEPIECES
Denkmeier deepskybinoviewer.com

Here's a novel set of eyepieces for anyone using a binoviewer. One of the 21-mm eyepieces in this pair has been optically modified to make some stars appear offset in its field of
view, rendering a 3-D effect. Rotating this modified eyepiece
in its holder will shift the central object in the field from the
foreground to the background. The effect is most pronounced when the field includes stars having a wide range
of brightnesses, though the modified L-O-A 21 eyepiece is
not meant for viewing the Moon or planets.
* U.S. price: $599

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CELESTRON INSPIRE REFRACTORS
Celestron celestron.com

There are plenty of entry-level telescopes available today,
but Celestron's new Inspire line of 70-, 80-, and 100-mm
(pictured) refractors caught our attention for their extraordinarily well-thought-out design and execution. Their easy
setup involves no small pieces that can become separated
or lost in the dark, and a cleverly designed red illuminator
for the accessory tray doubles as a flashlight. There's an
easy-to-use red-dot finder, and for those who want to shoot
pictures through the telescope, the lens cap also serves as a
universal smartphone adapter.
* Priced from $179.95

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ANNALS OF THE DEEP SKY
Willmann-Bell willbell.com

No, it's not déjà vu. For the second year in a row we've
selected the latest volumes in Willmann-Bell's Annals of
the Deep Sky series as Hot Products. A review of the first
volumes appears in our December 2015 issue, page 65, and
makes it clear how valuable we believe these celestial guides
are for 21st-century observers. In addition to what's seen in
a telescope eyepiece, authors Jeff Kanipe and Dennis Webb
write extensively about the history, lore, and scientific background of their subjects. Coverage of the sky is broken down
alphabetically by constellation, and volume 4 completes the
series through Cassiopeia.
* U.S. price: $24.95 each

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