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There is one final bit of advice that should really see you through over the long run: keep the stars in your eyes. Try to remember why you came here. The reason most of us entered astronomy and started lusting after Schmidt Cassegrains was because our sense of wonder had been stimulated, because every time we looked up at the night sky, we were filled with an almost mystical curiosity about the Great Out There. If you feel burned out, recall those feelings of awe. Remember the first time you looked at a globular cluster and wondered if anybody were looking back? That is the only secret to becoming an astronomy old-timer. Forget the minutiae of eyepiece designs, PEC recordings, and CCD chip sizes once in a while and just wonder again. If you can do that, your journey of discovery with your beloved CAT will be a long and fruitful one.

Nine years ago, in my last CAT book, I wished this for you, and I offer you the same wish again: "May the stars light the end of your road."

APPENDIX ONE

Telescope and Accessory Dealers and Manufacturers

There are many excellent makers and sellers of astrogear, but here are some of the most outstanding dealers and manufacturers.

Adirondack Video Astronomy http://astrovid.com

Cameras and imaging accessories; manufacturer/dealer of the Stellacam deep skyvideo cameras

Anacortes Telescope and Wild Bird http://buytelescopes.com

Full-line dealer of telescopes and amateur astronomy products and accessories of all kinds

Apogee Instruments Incorporated http://www.ccd.com Advanced CCD cameras

APT Astro

http://www.aptastro.com/products/wedge.php

Heavy-duty equatorial wedges for fork-mount Meade and Celestron telescopes

Astronomical League http://www.astroleague.org/

The U.S. national organization for amateur astronomers; famous for their "observing clubs"

Astronomics

http://www.astronomics.com

Full-line dealer of telescopes and accessories

Astro-Physics Incorporated http://www.astroleague.org/

Manufacturer and direct seller of apochromatic refracting telescopes, German equatorial mounts, and accessories for these products

Astrozap

http://www.astrozap.com/

Dew shields to fit almost any telescope

Atik

http://www. atik-instruments. com/ Beginning, intermediate, advanced CCD cameras

Baader

http://www.baader-planetarium.com/

Wide range of accessories, especiallyfilters; Baader (Germany) products are available from many U.S. astronomy dealers

Bob's Knobs http://bobsknobs.com/

The "knobs" replace SCT and MCT collimation screws and make optical alignment easier

Buyastrostuff.com http://www.buyastrostuff.com/

High-quality but inexpensive accessories, including observing chairs Celestron

http://www.celestron.com

World-famous maker of Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes

Denkmeier Optical http://www.deepskybinoviewer.com/ Binoviewers and diagonals

Dewbuster

http://dewbuster.com/

Innovative temperature-regulated dew removal heaters Dew-Not

http://www.dew-not.com/

Inexpensive but good-quality dew heater strips, controllers, and related items

Feathertouch Focusers (Starlight Instruments) http://www.starlightinstruments.com/

Crayford focusers and replacement (two-speed) SCT focuser knobs

FLI (Finger Lakes Instrumentation) http://www.flicamera.com/

Advanced CCD cameras (available through dealers)

Hands On Optics

http://handsonoptics.com/

Telescopes and accessories—many exclusive items

Internet Telescope Exchange (ITE)

http://www.iteastronomy.com/

Dealer for Russia's Intes Micro telescopes

J.M.B. Incorporated http://identi-view.com/Welcome.htm Identiview solar filters (available through dealers)

JMI (Jim's Mobile Incorporated) http://www.jimsmobile.com/ Cases and many other accessories

Kendrick Astro Instruments http://www.kendrickastro.com/astro/index.html Dew heater strips, heater controllers, and other items

Lenspen

http://www.lenspen.com/

Lenspen cleaning system (available through dealers http://www.lenspen.com) Losmandy

http://losmandy.com/

German equatorial mounts and accessories

Lumicon

http://lumicon.com/

Light pollution reduction filters and other astroaccessories Luminera

http://www.lumenera.com/

Planetary imaging cameras (available through dealers) Lymax

http://www.lymax.com/

SCT coolers and other accessories

Meade

http://www.meade.com

One of the two largest SCT makers and the largest telescope manufacturer in the world Mitty

http://www.mittyindustries.com/

Heavy-duty wedges for Meade and Celestron fork-mount telescopes Mogg

http://webcaddy.com.au/astro/adapter.htm

Webcam adapters and accessories; based in Australia but ships worldwide

OPT (Oceanside Photo and Telescope)

http://www.optcorp.com/

Full-line telescope and accessory dealer

Orion (Telescope and Binocular Center) http://telescope.com

Synta-made telescopes and accessories (including Celestron products); also a dealer for TeleVue, Intes Micro, and several other manufacturers

Orion Optics UK http://www.orionoptics.co.uk/

Maksutov Cassegrains, Newtonians, and Vixen mounts Scopestuff

http://scopestuff.com/

Large selection of inexpensive and hard-to-find accessories

Shoestring Astronomy http://www.shoestringastronomy.com/

Electronic accessories for imagers (including DSLR interface cables and guide-port interfaces)

Skies Unlimited

http://www.skiesunlimited.net/

Full-line dealer of telescopes and accessories

Starizona

http://starizona.com/acb/

Telescopes and accessories including the Hyperstar/Fastar imaging system

TeleVue Optics Incorporated http://televue .com/

Eyepieces (Nagler, Panoptics, Ethos, Radian) and apochromatic refracting telescopes

Teton Telescope http://www.tetontelescope.com

U.S. dealer for Intes Micro and other imported Maksutovs Thousand Oaks

http://www.thousandoaksoptical.com/ Solar and light pollution reduction filters

University Optics

http://www.universityoptics.com/

Eyepieces (especially Orthoscopics) and accessories

Vixen

http://www.vixenoptics.com/tele.htm

Telescopes and accessories from Japan; available worldwide through dealers William Optics

http://www.williamoptics.com/

Refracting telescopes, eyepieces, and accessories; available through dealers

APPENDIX TWO

Internet Resources, Software, and Books for CAT Users

This is but the merest sampling of the Internet and print resources available to CAT owners.

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