Welcome to our blog

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Michael Oliver Barlow

Hi there! My name’s Michael and I’m such a huge fan of astronomy and astrophotography that I even managed to graduate from Astrophysical Sciences Princeton University as a physicist! In 2022 I will celebrate my 40th birthday along with the 25th anniversary of my astro hobby.

Author Barlow

Twenty-five years ago, I got my first telescope for my birthday. Today I have a full-fledged home lab for observing, researching, and photographing objects in space. I’m currently addicted to my new ZWO ASI294MC Pro camera and Sky-Watcher Evostar ED80 refractor with Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro mount. This incredible setup brings me as close to nebulae as possible!

Even though I’m still highly excited about this scientifical hobby, I want to expand the community of like-minds beyond the team of the university I work in. That’s why I partnered with my respected colleague and scientific co-author, Valery Johnson, to share our modest findings on the astro optics market. We test a large variety of telescopes and accessories for them in terms of our joint astro research projects (which is actually our job) as well as after the working hours at Valery’s and my home labs. Join us to get detailed astro observation equipment reviews and actionable recommendations.

Valery Johnson

Author V.JohnsonHi! I’m a scientific journalist and editor. I write and edit research articles for several online magazines about space. I’m also a traveling astrophotographer with a nice setup that lets me see and capture cosmic wonders from any place on the planet. My areas of research and interest match with Michael, so we have been regularly working together as co-authors for the last 7 years. We’ve processed tons of research data and theories together to enlighten people about space and the exciting things it hides millions of light-years away from our planet.

Now we’re like a rock duo of space geeks and understand each other really well. This gave us an idea to collaborate on a special online blog for space-addicted folks like us. Now we have tons of extra jobs to do, but it’s pure pleasure to receive feedback from our community. It’s incredibly motivating to see thousands of readers, including other professionals and astro enthusiasts from all over the world. We have a huge list of devices to test and review in the coming months, and even years, so you can expect an immersive journey for a long time ahead. Technologies keep improving every year and there’s no shortage of new stuff for us to explore.

What is alloptica.com

Attention to all night sky enthusiasts! We created this blog with the only purpose: to help all professional and homegrown astro explorers find the tools that will match or even exceed their expectations. This website is about optics accessories that are necessary to bring your eyes and cameras to the infinite expanse of outer space.

Valerie and I are professionals in the field of astronomy, and we understand how hard it can be to find exactly what you need. Even for such a niche field of interest, there is an endless number of options. We are here to narrow down the selection using our own experience and relevant suggestions from other authoritative experts. Our blog will clarify everything on astro optics, including important shopping considerations, costs, maintenance requirements, settings, and more!

Our Information Sources

We are proud to say that we use three powerful information sources:
Our expertise – nothing is better than testing a new telescope and astro cameras in your own lab. Fortunately, we have many options to do that due to our partners and our own endeavor.
Trusted experts – scientists can’t exist and progress in a vacuum. We communicate with other relevant experts in the field every day and we are always willing to share their insights
Users – astro optic users are actually the largest source of information available so far. Their experience-based reviews are super-valuable for our job on this blog.

How We Create Content

First of all, we do a lot of research and fact-checking to ensure that the information we use is 100% relevant. Once the facts are gathered, we wrap them into an easily-readable cover to help our readers make informed decisions and just have fun!

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What We’re Interested In?

It’s important to clarify that our blog includes monetization, but it actually covers only website maintenance expenses and purchases for reviews. However, we don’t just tell you about all the available products, but only about the ones we consider worth your attention.

Your Input Matters!

The main purpose of any blog is communication. But we don’t want it to be one-sided, so your feedback is always welcome and won’t be left without a response.