Launch on the easiest route to the stars: POINT AND LOOK! See the BIG PICTURE: the richest, widest, most contrasty view. Wow, now!
WHAT WE WILL MAKE:
Launch on the easiest route to the stars: POINT AND LOOK! Bright-Eye sets up in 15 seconds, the fastest of any telescope. Find targets the easiest and fastest of any newcomer’s telescope. THE BIG PICTURE: see the richest, widest, most contrasty view, not the dim wobbly frustration of toy-department scopes. Bright-Eye is compact, stable, portable, rugged … and cute. It comes with everything a newcomer needs to begin skywatching. Wow, now! See objects more than 50 million light-years away.
Ages 10-100 (younger and older too, if assisted).
WHAT YOU CAN SEE
… visually through the eyepiece. Not the familiar gaudy time-exposures, usually taken through very large telescopes. There’s nothing like seeing the objects live and in person, for an inspirational dose of reality.
All come with a manual, which is also online.
- NEWCOMER MODEL: Everything you need to get started: complete telescope, base, dust-cap, dew shield, eyepiece, skywatching book, and carrying strap.
- CHECK-OUT MODEL, for libraries, clubs, and classes to check out. Complete telescope and carrying strap. For people using it unsupervised, we make pieces harder to lose: we bolt the eyepiece in, and tether the base, dew shield, and dust-cap with wires. Such groups already have skywatching books so we don’t make them buy another.
- QUICK-GRAB MODEL: a “second” telescope for experienced observers, when the occasion doesn’t call for big equipment. Complete telescope, base, dust-cap, dew shield, and carrying strap. Such people already have their own eyepieces and skywatching books so we don’t make them buy more.
- The OPTICAL TUBE ASSEMBLY (including eyepiece focuser) is a useful component to add to large telescopes as a finder, and for photographers to use as a “telephoto lens”. It can also be a long-distance microscope. For technically-advanced users who already have the fittings, mountings, eyepieces, and skywatching books they prefer, so we don’t make them buy more.
WHAT COLORS WOULD YOU LIKE?
Type: Newtonian reflector telescope. The optical system was invented by Isaac Newton.
- Clear aperture: 4 1/8 inches = 105 mm
- Focal ratio: f/4.2
- Focal length: 17 1/2 inches = 445 mm, paraboloidal mirror
- Field of View: 3 degrees, the whole width of Orion’s belt.
- Sphere: 10 inches diameter = 254 mm
- Cylinder: 6 inches diameter = 152 mm
- Weight: about 12 pounds = 5.5 kg
- Shells will be made in different, contrasting colors, mixing in different places and patterns. The shell, tube, and base all made of ABS terpolymer.
- Optically-flat window, optically-flat diagonal mirror