Lower Floor Exhibitor: Altair Astro, SkyShed POD & iOptron

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Visit Stand 34 for some great special offers from SkyShed POD, with many products attracting a 10% discount if ordered at AstroFest. Follow the links for further product info and images!


iOptron iEQ45 imaging-friendly GOTO telescope mount. 

The new lightweight iOptron iEQ45 Equatorial GOTO telescope mount will be on display and sale at Astrofest 2011. The iEQ45 combines features such as auto-guiding ports, built in GPS, a dark-field polar alignment scope with corresponding software alignment routine, and an impressive GOTO hand controller - all in an extremely light weight mount head. The iEQ45 is perfect for those who want to do astro-photography with minimal setup time and without having to carry heavy equipment. For customers ordering at Astrofest a10% discount applies to the iOptron iEQ45 and your new mount will also be drop shipped to you for free, so you don't have to worry about transport in and around London.

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iOptron Minitower and Minitower PRO GOTO Alt Azimuth mounts:

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iOptron are probably best known for their GOTO Alt-Azimuth telescope mounts, the Minitower and the Minitower PRO which provide a solid stable observing airline-portable package. The Minitower and Minitower PRO have one of the easiest-to-use hand controllers on the market, and features like GPS and one star alignment make the mount one of the fastest and easiest mounts to set up for visual observing under the stars. Once again, ordering at Astrofest attracts a 10% discount on the Minitower and Minitower PRO. Mounts will be drop shipped to you for free after the show

Altair Astro 8" and 10" Ritchey Chretien Astrographs:

The new Altair Astro Deluxe Ritchey Chretien Astrographs will be on display at Astrofest and if ordered at the show, a 10% discount applies to the Altair 8" & 10" RCs (your new RC scope will also be drop shipped to you for free so you don't have to worry about transport). Features include Quartz low expansion optics, baffled tubes for increased contrast, rear cooling fans, external dual speed focusers, and a carbon fibre optical tube with Vixen or Losmandy type dovetail bars on top and bottom. These telescopes are optimised for imaging, and are rapidly gaining a great reputation for delivering consistent high quality images at longer focal lengths.  



Altair Astro TMS:

Altair TMS is on special at Astrofest - all Altair TMS products will be available at a 10% discount if bought at the show. The Altair Telescope Mounting System is designed to mount your optical tubes on Vixen or Losmandy format bars and plates, either side-by-side or piggyback on top of another OTA. The TMS is extremely rigid and very accurately machined to ensure detailed images with tight small star points. The TMS not only fits Skywatcher, Losmandy and Vixen format systems, but is very self-modular, so you can set up TMS bars and plates in many different combinations. TMS clamps are designed to be easy to use with a "tip-in" action, to help you get your scope mounted safely and quickly. The Altair TMS ultra-light guide scope rings are a new, innovative design, with a skeletonised structure which reduces weight but keeps rigidity for less strain on your mount and a rigid auto guider setup. TMS Guidescope rings can be attached to all TMS clamps, bars and plates via two screws for a rigid connection. All TMS products are CNC machined and hand-made in the UK from stainless steel and aluminium, hard anodised in Altair Astro Blue to give you a great looking and durable system. 


Altair Astro 115mm ED Triplet APO with 3" flattener 3" focuser, and 60mm deluxe finder:

The new Altair Astro 115mm F7 APO is designed to give both visual observers and astro-photographers a platform which will deliver high quality, flat field images with the high contrast and colour correction that only an ED triplet APO can deliver. The 3" heavy duty focuser is optimized for imaging, and a 3" multi-element flattener is included with the scope, which threads directly into the focuser. The included Altair 60mm Deluxe Right Angled Illuminated Finder Scope with erect image, variable illuminator, finder bracket, and multi-purpose SCT/refractor base, is also on display. For customers ordering at Astrofest, a 10% discount applies to the Altair 115mm F7 APO and the scope will also be drop shipped to you for free, so you don't have to worry about transport in and around London.



The SkyShed POD Personal Observatory Dome is the most fully featured and easiest to set up dome on the market. The POD affords secure, waterproof and windproof protection for you and your telescope whilst observing or imaging. It offers ample equipment storage space with the option to add 1 to 5 equipment "Bays", and can be moved with little effort. The POD combines the features of traditional slotted observatory domes and roll-off shed observatories without the constraints and construction time, making it ideal for the amateur astronomer who wants to spend time imaging or observing, with minimal fuss and complication. The POD will be on display at the show and Altair Astro will be on hand to demonstrate it and answer any questions. Altair will also be displaying the popular and super easy to install SkyShed-Altair 8" Steel pier  and various adapters for your equatorial mount.


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