These are the "mandatories". Each one is a "Must Have" accessory in my opinion. ---Chris
Throw away that crappy finder scope and get a Rigel!
Using the Rigel is EASY!
Step 1: Put the Bulls-Eye where you want the telescope. In this case, I'm looking for M13. Notice how I position the bulls-eye between the stars on the longest side of the keystone.
Step 2: Look in the eyepiece!
The Rigel comes with an extra base!
Everything included to mount it and use it. Batteries? Yes! Double-stick tape? Yes!
Rigel Quick Finder $40
Want Really Smooth Focus Without Replacing Your R&P Focuser?
The Helical Focuser is the ideal solution. It's buttery smooth with no image shift. This is the ideal device if you share your telescope with the family. All eyes are different and the helical focuser makes it easy to finely adjust focus without inducing vibration. If you observe as a group, you'll find this to be a great help.
Will make any 'clunky' focuser buttery smooth.
Helical Fine Focuser (Requires 2" Focuser)
$54.95 (Free Shipping)
Focusing at high magnification with a standard rack-and-pinion focuser can be a real challenge. The focuser action is coarse, making it hard to nail the exact focus point. This precision-machined adapter makes fine focusing a breeze. It replaces the 2"-to-1.25" eyepiece adapter in telescopes equipped with a 2" focuser, allowing very fine helical focusing with just a feather touch. Critical focus is easier to achieve, and images stay steadier. The Orion Helical Fine-Focusing Adapter features dual rubber grip rings and setscrew lock. Works with 1.25" eyepieces. Requires at least 9mm inward focus travel.
Shorty 2x Barlow Lens, 1.25"
Give your scope a power boost! Our Shorty barlow doubles the power of any eyepiece it's used with. For about the price of a single eyepiece or less, this practical accessory effectively doubles the number of eyepieces at your disposal.
It gets its name from its compact size. The Shorty is just 3" long end to end—about half the length of a standard barlow lens. It's short 1.25"-diameter barrel is just 1.6" long, fitting easily in any 1.25" star diagonal, so it's great to use with refractors and Schmidt-Cassegrains.
In fact, it works with any type of telescope. Takes up less space in your accessory case than a standard barlow, to boot.
The Shorty's 2x amplifier lens is an achromatic glass doublet that's now multi-coated to ensure excellent light transmission. The machined and anodized aluminum housing is internally baffled to eliminate unwanted reflections and increase contrast.
Enjoy higher-power, sharper images without eye strain, and get more mileage from your eyepieces with the short barlow that's long on versatility. Try a Shorty on for size today!
Double you eyepiece collection with one purchase!
1.25" 2X Barlow
$43.95 (Free Shipping)
The BEST Moon Filter because
it has adjustable brightness.
Available in standard 1.25" and 2" models
This versatile 1.25" Orion Variable Polarizing Telescope Filter acts like a dimmer switch for your telescope, toning down the brightness of the Moon or planets to a comfortable level and revealing more surface details.
It consists of two high-grade glass polarizing filters in a rotating cell that allows you to vary the amount of light transmission from 1% to 40%.
Such control is highly desirable for lunar observing because the Moon's brightness varies with its phase and with the aperture and magnification of the telescope you are using. It's also a must for viewing the Moon in daylight hours.
Reducing the glare to an optimal level will reveal dramatically more lunar and planetary features, without significantly altering the objects' color.
The anodized aluminum cell threads into the barrel of any standard 1.25" telescope eyepiece. Includes a durable plastic storage case.
$37.95 (+$5 Shipping) (1.25")
$64.95 ($5 Shipping) (2")