An imaging revolution

"Ideal for group observing, public outreach" - the Revolution Imager R2.
Credit: www.thesecretstudio.net

 

There is a revolution coming: the Revolution Imager R2 no less!

In our December issue Peter Jenkins takes a look at a piece of kit that gives you live views of the cosmos on a screen.

Ideal for group observing, public outreach and generally for fun to show your neighbours, the Revolution Imager R2 is part of an aspect of astronomical imaging that is changing the way we show others the night sky wonders above us.

Live and lucky imaging are becoming popular, with several manufacturers investing in the technology to bring the deep sky in full colour to a screen; easily accessible to all compared with the 'good old days' when each person had to wait in turn to look through an eyepiece.

I can hear the diehards even now shouting that it isn't the same as really looking at the object but then again I remember the same being said about GoTo mounts. Indeed I was one of the naysayers and I became a convert! See what Peter made of the R2 in his review.

Binoculars for astronomy are usually porro prism affairs so this month we asked Steve Tonkin explore the merits of a roof prism binocular.

Steve examined the Opticron Adventurer II WP 10x42 binocular and explored the wide-field vistas of the Milky Way, much to his enjoyment.

And as we are effectively looking at beginners' equipment, I aimed the Sky-Watcher Evostar 90 and AZ Pronto mount at the heavens and enjoyed this simple to use and lightweight system as I picked off many of the Messier and brighter NGC targets along with the obligatory view of the Moon.

Read all of our reviews and find out what's in the sky this month in the December issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, out now!

 


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