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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
View a 360° image of the scope here
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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.
View a 360° image of the eyepiece here
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Review: An Evening with Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield brings his Unique Lives spoken word tour to the UK and Ireland, performing a one-man show that takes its audience on a journey of inspiration and the possibilities life can bring. BBC Sky at Night Magazine visited Bristol's Hippodrome theatre to see the Canadian astronaut kick off his new tour.

Hadfield recounts his early beginnings and the science fiction stories of his youth that would eventually become science fact.

Hadfield’s story is one of ambition and success, as the man who became the first Canadian to spacewalk and captain the International Space Station. Yet despite this, his attitude to his own incredible achievements is ultimately humility, with plenty of praise for those who helped make his dreams come true.

DSLR cameras: to cool or not to cool?

This month BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money discusses the virtues of cooled DSLR cameras, ahead of Pete Lawrence's February issue review of the PrimaLuceLab 700Da.

 

 

Professionally modified DSLRs reduce thermal noise and make them suitable for deep-sky imaging.
View a 360° image of the refractor here
Credit: www.thesecretstudio.net

Astronomy on the go

This month BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money hails the virtues of portable telescopes ahead of our January review of a new pick-up-and-carry refractor from Vixen.

'Portability should be its middle name' - in the January issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, Steve Richards reviews Vixen's A62SS 2.5-inch achromatic refractor
View a 360° image of the refractor here
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Dobsonian simplicity

This month BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money gives German suppliers Omegon first light in his review of their N 203/1200 Dobsonian.

Paul Money tests UK newcomers Omegon's offerings this month by turning his hand to their N 203/1200 Dobsonian.
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Fresh from International Astronomy Show 2016

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money looks at the latest astronomy equipment reviewed in our November issue.

Stephen Tonkin reviews the Altair Astro 100mm giant binoculars in the November issue.
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Making the most of clear skies

Be it long exposures, lengthy set-up times, misbehaving skies or expensive equipment, today's astronomers and astrophotographers have alot to contend with.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money looks at the latest equipment reviewed in our October issue that is helping astronomers make the most of their observing.

Paul Money reviews the Explore Scientific AR152 doublet achromat refractor in the October issue. View a 360° model of the refractor here.
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