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Technology marches on

Paul Money looks at the technology improving how we view and image the sky

This month's kit has left BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money in awe of new technologies that continue to improve how we view and image the sky.

The march of progress continues apace, and in this month’s reviews Pete Lawrence gets to play with the Atik Infinity CCD camera. This compact device not only captures great pictures of the sky, it can also show the images being built up live on your screen as well, making it ideal for public outreach. It makes you wonder how far such technology can go and indeed, how they can fit it into something so small and easy to handle!
 

An Hour On The Moon

British scientist Colin Pillinger remembered at inaugural lunar lecture

Yesterday evening the Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, was packed as a full house gathered for the inaugural Colin Pillinger Memorial Talk, entitled ‘An Hour On The Moon’.

Lunar scientist Dr James Carpenter reveals ESA's vision for future travel to and exploration of the Moon at the first Colin Pillinger Memorial Lecture.
Credit: Philippa Walker/University of Bristol

Yesterday evening the Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, was packed as a full house gathered for the inaugural Colin Pillinger Memorial Talk, entitled ‘An Hour On The Moon’.

Aperture fever

Paul Money discusses the ailment that grips many an amateur astronomer at this time of year: aperture fever!

 

It’s that time of year when the almost inevitable bug bites and you are stricken. No I’m not talking about the flu, but aperture fever. It is a common affliction that occurs just when you think you are enjoying your own telescope and spy someone else’s larger one.

The weakest link

The weakest link

Astronomers today have a plethora of high quality telescopes and mounts available at their fingertips. However, as Paul Money reveals, even the best pieces of kit can be wasted if you overlook that all-important eyepiece.

 

It is so easy today to seek out and purchase your chosen telescope: be it via the internet or by visiting one of the many astro retailers, many of which have showrooms enabling customers to browse at their leisure.

Film review: Star Men

Four of the world's greatest astronomers relive the road trip of a lifetime

Director Alison Rose explores the micro and the macro in a documentary about life, death, friendship, and reconciling these with the enormity of the cosmos.

Blue-sky thinking

Cloudy nights need not be the scourge of astronomers, says Paul Money

Cloudy nights and clear days need not be the scourge of amateur astronomers, as Paul Money reveals.

It is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the hobby: you have clear blue sky all day then, as day turns to night, the clouds roll in as if on a timer to obscure the stars.

Standing the test of time

As far as Paul Money is concerned, quality products will always endure

It's always worth keeping an eye on the latest astronomy products as they are released, seeking out the newest and best scopes, mounts and cameras. However, as far as Paul Money is concerned, quality products will always endure.

We are used to reviewing the latest products in BBC Sky at Night Magazine, but in recent years have also carried out Tried & Tested reviews of equipment that has stood the test of time and is still being produced and sold.

Film review: Interstellar

We review the latest space epic from director Christopher Nolan

Some time in the near future, Earth undergoes ecological changes that make food production non-viable: crops are dying and dust storms envelop the planet, leaving humanity facing a bleak future.

A former test pilot and engineer called Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey) finds himself drawn into a black-ops plan to voyage to another galaxy and locate a habitable exoplanet to which the population of Earth can evacuate.

GoTo control, the smartphone way

Smart phones are increasingly becoming the 'go to' option for mount control, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

Apps like SkySafari Pro are becoming an increasingly common option for GoTo users
Credit: Paul Money

New Year, new beginnings

New Year, new beginnings

The new year brings with it much to make astronomers happy, writes Paul Money: new Stargazing LIVE, a new calendar of observing and, most importantly, newcomers to astronomy!

 
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