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The challenge of clear skies

With our tempermental UK weather, large pieces of kit that take time to set up can cause problems for astronomers, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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The Celestron CGX-L EQ 1100 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain
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Here at BBC Sky at Night Magazine we love to review large pieces of kit, and in our latest issue we take on the Celestron CGX-L EQ 1100 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain, an 11-inch SCT on a new mount from Celestron.

Weathering the storm

A recent spate of bad weather hasn't stopped our reviewers getting out and testing the latest kit, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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The QHY367c CMOS colour camera
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Where has the summer gone?

Our reviewers have done an amazing job this month, finding clear gaps in the weather to get the latest set of reviews done for our September issue. Let’s dive in and see what they’ve been up to.

Summer nights of astronomy

Summer nights haven't put off our committed reviewers, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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The Vixen Polarie Star Tracker mount allows for a larger payload and increased camera lens size.
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With summer well and truly here (OK it has been raining a bit, but we persevere!), you would think that the light nights would be a good excuse to sit back and take a break.

Camera capabilities

As planetary imaging becomes ever more popular, we can expect a rise in quality and a drop in price, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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Innovation in astronomy

As technology improves, so too does the inclination for manufacturers to improve their products, often with great results, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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Paul reviews the Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro SynScan mount in the June issue.
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It's the little things

That new reflector, equatorial mount or CCD planetary imaging camera may be top of your 'to buy' list, but it makes sense to pay attention to the smaller pieces of kit, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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In our May issue we examine six of the best 3x Barlow lenses
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Film review: Mission Control

New documentary looks at the unsung heroes of the Apollo missions

A new documentary looks at the unsung heroes of Apollo: the mathematicians and engineers who worked at Mission Control to bring their comrades safely back to Earth.

The enigmatic presence of flight director Gene Kranz (right) in Mission Control was important in steering the Apollo missions to success. 


Beginners' luck: kit for astronomy newcomers

Beginners to astronomy nowadays have much to be thankful for, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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An all-rounder: Bresser's Solarix
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In this month’s issue, we take a look at beginner’s equipment to coincide with Stargazing Live, as the April issue goes on sale just before the programmes are aired.

Film review: Operation Avalanche

Cold War-comedy addresses the world's biggest conspiracy theory

Iain Todd reviews Operation Avalanche, a Cold War comedy about a pair of CIA agents who find themselves faking the Apollo Moon landing.

The trailer for Operation Avalanche, a new comedy that imagines the Apollo Moon landing was faked

The conspiracy that NASA faked the Moon landings is as old as the Apollo programme itself. It seems few cosmic expeditions, even in the current age, are immune to the cynicism of naysayers seeking to burst the bubble of the world’s space agencies and their uncanny ability to achieve the impossible.

Here comes the Sun

This month BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money extolls the virtues of solar observing ahead of Gary Palmer's review of the Daystar Sodium D-Line Quark eyepiece filter in the March 2017 issue.

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Professionally modified DSLRs reduce thermal noise and make them suitable for deep-sky imaging.
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