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Welcome to David Ratledge's virtual home devoted to Astronomy and the deep-sky in particular.

I hope you find something of interest whether you are a telescope maker, visual observer or astro imager.

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Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector NEW 2015
A simple device to enable planetary imaging at low altitudes. Less hassle to use too!
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Mini Stargate

Something different that will put a smile on your face!
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Microsoft Lifecam Cinema Webcam
Return to webcam imaging with the Lifecam.
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Lancashire Observatory
Refit completed with RCOS and Paramount operating.
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Kaizen 200mm Binoculars NEW 2014
The boys have done it again - probably our best binoculars yet.

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Digital SLR Imaging
Best and cheapest way to get into colour imaging.

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Camera Trackers
New in Telescope Making. The construction of our camera trackers is finished.

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Springer's Best Kept Secret

Digital Astrophotography - The State of the Art edited by David Ratledge but including chapters from well known experts in their field. Full colour book is available now......

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