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The latest astronomy events from around the country.

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Study reveals the powerful processes of a pair of merging galaxies
Astronomers have observed a pair of galaxies in the final stage of merging, revealing the forces...
New mission maps the ‘DNA’ of 350,000 stars in the Milky Way
A new study to map the 'DNA' of 350,000 stars may uncover the lost siblings of our Sun.
The Event Horizon Telescope attempted to image the Milky Way's dark heart
The Event Horizon Telescope attempted to take an image of the black hole at the centre of the Milky...
Mark this month's Lyrid meteor shower with our space rock bites
Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour marks this month's Lyrid meteor shower with a...
New exoplanet-hunting space telescope launches
Launched on 18 April 2018, NASA's TESS is the first of a new wave of exoplanet-hunting space...
Edinburgh International Science Festival looks to the future in its final week
During its second and final week, the Edinburgh International Science Festival looked to the future...
Testing observation methods on the lakes will aid future missions to the moon
Two salty lakes found underneath an Arctic glacier could help provide a test bed for the techniques...
Iconic photographs from Apollo, Gemini expected to fetch $12,000
  Historic archive NASA images from 1961-1972 are up for auction at Swann Auction...
The search will be aided by... squids?
The Axion Dark Matter Experiment will begin its quest to find axions - a hypothetical particle that...
How a group of amateur astronomers brought an historic scope back to life
For most astronomical societies, refurbishing an historic scope would be a dream come true. David...
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How amateur astonomers have contributed to astronomy

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Tele Vue DeLite eyepiece range
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Blogs
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:38am

Our recent assembly and review of a 20-inch Dobsonian has left BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money asking "how big is too big?"

Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:16am

Our recent assembly and review of a 20-inch Dobsonian has left BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money asking "how big is too big?"

Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:26am

Once the saviour of the amateur astronomer, modern mounts and smartphone apps are rendering the finderscope redundant in many cases. Is there still room in the hobby for this nifty device?

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money considers the future of the finderscope.

Poll

What's your favourite type of telescope to observe with?

As an astronomer you're spoilt for choice when it comes to making a descision on what kind of telescope to observe with. But which type gives you the most pleasure?

 

Astronomy for Beginners

Here’s where you’ll find observing guides, how-to articles and great astronomy hints and tips. Don’t forget to also check out our comprehensive astronomy dictionary.

Beginner's guide to equatorial mounts - Pt 1
General Guide

Putting your telescope on an equatorial mount allows you to follow stars as they (appear to) move across the night sky.

For newcomers to astronomy, setting up an EQ mount may seem a daunting task. BBC Sky at Night Magazine shows you how.

By Anton Vamplew.

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General Guide

If you’re a newcomer to astronomy, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll have you marvelling at the Universe in no time.

Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine in print or digital for up to date advice and guides to practical astronomy, and reviews of the latest kit.

 

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