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Launch on the easiest route to the stars: POINT AND LOOK! See the BIG PICTURE: the richest, widest, most contrasty view.  Wow, now!
Launch on the easiest route to the stars: POINT AND LOOK! See the BIG PICTURE: the richest, widest, most contrasty view. Wow, now!
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    “A Starhopper’s Guide to Messier Objects” atlas of star charts. Most amateur astronomers “star-hop” to find the hundred finest nebulae, clusters, and galaxies. Mailed to US or Canada.

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    “A Starhopper’s Guide to Messier Objects” atlas of star charts. Most amateur astronomers “star-hop” to find the hundred finest nebulae, clusters, and galaxies. Mailed outside of US and Canada

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    Inscribed and autographed copy of my book “What Your Astronomy Textbook Won’t Tell You”. It supplements common textbooks and general surveys. Mailed to US or Canada.

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    The Atlas of Asterisms will help you point your Bright-Eye Telescope to about 500 star patterns that aren't "official constellations". Find geometric shapes, letters, and many more interesting figures. Autographed by author Jeffrey Corder. Ships to anyone who pays for delivery on their own shipping account.

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    Inscribed and autographed copy of my book “What Your Astronomy Textbook Won’t Tell You”. It supplements common textbooks and general surveys. Mailed outside of US and Canada.

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    The Atlas of Asterisms will help you point your Bright-Eye Telescope to about 500 star patterns that aren't "official constellations". Find geometric shapes, letters, and many more interesting figures. Autographed by author Jeffrey Corder. Mailed within USA only.

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    A base: Cool shape, meant for Bright–Eye to swivel on. Works for same-shaped telescopes. What else would you use it for? Ships within US only.

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    A base: Cool shape, meant for Bright–Eye to swivel on. Works for same-shaped telescopes. What else would you use it for? Ships to Canada and Europe.

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    Empty telescope shell: Just the body shell, no contents or fittings. Good conversation-starter. What would you use it for? Ships to anyone who pays for delivery on their own shipping account.

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    Empty telescope shell: Just the body shell, no contents or fittings. Good conversation-starter. What would you use it for? Ships to: USA.

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    Get your name on an asterism! Jeffrey Corder will soon publish The Atlas of Asterisms -- patterns that look good in a Bright-Eye Telescope. Most star patterns are not yet named. Get a star pattern named after you, or someone or something you want to honor! 4 to 16 stars @$60/star. Includes a commemorative plaque and an autographed copy of the atlas. Subject to author's approval. Not a function of the International Astronomical Union. Shipping within USA only.

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    Get your name on an asterism! Jeffrey Corder will soon publish The Atlas of Asterisms -- patterns that look good in a Bright-Eye Telescope. Most star patterns are not yet named. Get a star pattern named after you, or someone or something you want to honor! 4 to 16 stars @$60/star. Includes a commemorative plaque and an autographed copy of the atlas. Subject to author's approval. Not a function of the International Astronomical Union. Ships to anyone who pays for delivery on their own shipping account.

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    Autographed Bright-Eye Optical Tube Assembly: the bare-bones core of the telescope (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. Ships to anyone who pays for delivery on their own shipping account.

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    Autographed Bright-Eye Optical Tube Assembly: the bare-bones core of the telescope (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. Ships to USA.

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    QUICK-GRAB MODEL: a “second” telescope for experienced observers, when the occasion doesn’t call for big equipment. Complete autographed 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. Ships to anyone who pays for delivery on their own shipping account.

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    NEWCOMER MODEL: Everything you need to get started: complete autographed telescope, base, dust-cap, dew shield, eyepiece, skywatching book, carrying strap. Ships to anyone who pays for delivery on their own shipping account.

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    CHECK-OUT MODEL, for libraries, clubs, and classes to check out. Complete autographed 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. Ships to anyone who pays for delivery on their own shipping account.

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    QUICK-GRAB MODEL: a “second” telescope for experienced observers, when the occasion doesn’t call for big equipment. Complete autographed 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. Ships to: USA

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    NEWCOMER MODEL: Everything you need to get started: complete autographed telescope, base, dust-cap, dew shield, eyepiece, skywatching book, carrying strap. Ships to: USA.

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    CHECK-OUT MODEL, for libraries, clubs, and classes to check out. Complete autographed 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. Ships to: USA.

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    Pay half the cost of the dust-cap mold, get your initials (or monogram or similar) on it, plainly visible on every single cap it molds. Plus a dust-cap showing your initials.

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    Pay 1/10 the cost of the eyepiece focuser mold, get your initials (or monogram or similar) on it, plainly visible on every single telescope it molds.

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    Super Reward: Pay 1/3 the cost of the base mold, get your initials (or monogram or similar) on it, plainly visible on every single base it molds. Plus a base showing your initials.

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    Super Reward: I’ll visit your private evening star party (where guests look through telescopes) or your 1-day event. Anywhere I can drive in the lower-48 US states or southern Canada, midJune to late August 2016. In California only: until midJune, and September-October 2016. Sensitive to each other's timing. Plus a complete autographed Bright-Eye telescope, including shoulder strap, skywatching book, eyepiece, ovals, dust-cap, base, and my book.

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    Superest-Duperest Reward: Pay half the cost of the body shell mold, get your initials (or monogram or similar) on it, plainly visible on every single telescope body shell it molds. Plus a complete Bright-Eye telescope, autographed.

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