Money talks

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

Portable mounts are even more popular than ever as more of us try to escape the scourge of light pollution and seek out darker skies. It is no surprise therefore that mount manufacturers continue to look at – and improve – their portable range of mounting solutions. Certainly it seems whatever your financial state there is something out there for you to consider when parting with your hard-earned cash.

Money talks

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

Welcome to the new home for my Money Talks blog, where I’ll be continuing to take a look at what’s new and upcoming in the ever-changing Iniverse of astro equipment.

Rain couldn't dampen spirits at Kelling Heath Spring Star Party

John Axtell

John Axtell reports on a very damp Spring Star Party at Kelling Heath

John Axtell

Despite the weather, there were no 'star' party poopers at Kelling Heath this month

The art of space

Artist Giles Alexander takes a break from his studio in Sydney, Australia, to talk about his upcoming London exhibition, E=mc2

Giles Alexander and his work Eye on the Heavens: Portrait of Professor Brian Schmidt
Credit: Giles Alexander


Giles Alexander is hard at work painting his preoccupation – space. He takes a break from his studio in Sydney, Australia, to talk to me about his upcoming London exhibition, E=mc2, at the Fine Art Society in London.

Methods of animation

Jupiter animations

Three ways to animate Jupiter


Readers of my previous blogs will know that planetary imaging is my passion and in particular creating animations.

I’d like to share with you three different ways I use to show movement on another world using fairly modest equipment (in my case an 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a planetary imaging camera).

Astronomy on stage


Going Dark, examining the effects of blindness on an astronomer


In the latest evidence of the rise in popularity of astronomy, news has reached Sky at Night Magazine of an intriguing play, set in a planetarium and investigating the relationship between an astronomer, his son and his sight, which he is gradually losing.

Stargazing LIVE, a night of discovery at Lacock

The Stargazing LIVE Discovery Night at Lacock, Wiltshire was a chance for 1,500 visitors of all ages to be entertained and informed by astronomy and the night sky.

Some of the 1,500 people who attended the Stargazing LIVE Discovery Night in Lacock

Image: Kev Lochun


Light pollution – or night pollution?

Light pollution – or night pollution?

The City Dark is a thought-provoking new film about the disappearance of darkness that asks, what do we lose, when we lose the night?

Times Square, New York – no place for stargazing

Image: Wicked Delicate Films


Making progress

It's amazing what a difference 12 months can make


By Steve Marsh


Just over a year ago I took my first picture of Jupiter – an afocal effort holding my compact camera up to the eyepiece of my 4.5-inch reflector. Now, one year, two telescopes, three cameras and many sleepless nights later, I look back fondly at that picture… and think how terrible it is. That’s progress!


My first afocal picture of Jupiter, taken 13 months ago

Paying your dews

Steve's Jupiter blog

Observing Jupiter, creating animations and battling dew.

Sometimes astronomy seems like an extremely demanding hobby. You have to give if you want to get.

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