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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Could you please tell me what would be a better telescope for looking at stars, the moon, etc.?

For stargazing/astronomical observations, we recommend the telescopes that are specially designed for astronomy, such as NIPON 700x60 refractor astronomy telescope (entry level), NIPON 800x60 refractor telescope (better/more powerful model), or 900x114 telescope (more advanced model).

Running NIPON EE300 digital eyepiece under Windows XP system

This upgraded digital device should work straight away under the updated windows XP system, so there is no need to install anything from the CD (some of the information on the printed sheet can be related to previous versions of the windows systems). Just plug the device into a USB slot, and then open "My Computer". You should see a camera icon on the hardware list. Double click that icon, you can see the image viewing window. This is what you see through the telescope. You can take pictures using the button located on the top-left manual bar of the computer screen.

For video recording, you can install the driver by following steps 3.4 & 3.5 of the User Manual (skip step 3.3). Note: if you use a laptop that has a built-in webcam, there can be a conflict between the existing software for the webcam and the new video driver you try to install. Check to see if you can share the webcam software with the digital eyepiece, or use a computer that does not have a built-in camera system (this is related to video recording function under Win XP only. You don't have this issue with Win 7).

Compact Barlow lens - A new design by Nipon Scope & Optics

A newly designed compact Barlow lens has become available at Nipon Scope & Optics

This compact Barlow can be fitted to the end of a standard 1.25" eyepiece to increase the overall image magnification by 3 times. It consists of two parts, a compact Barlow lens (with M30x0.75mm thread) and an eyepiece adapter tube (with M28.5x0.75mm thread). This enables the Barlow to be compatible with 1.25" eyepieces with either inner barrel thread.

The design of this compact Barlow lens ensures a perfect alignment between the centre of the Barlow lens and the eyepiece.