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The world keeps turning

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

Earth's rotation was once a thorn in the side of amateur astronomers everywhere but, as Paul Money discusses, technology has changed all that...

In the beginning there was the alt az mount and the astronomer saw that it was good. Then they had to use it and discovered quite quickly that the sky rotates about us in an odd way!

What's in a mount?

Computerised mounts have now become the norm

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

 

We are used to the latest generation of mounts being computerised and have grown accustomed to handsets with a database of up to 40,000 + objects from which to pick and choose. So, you might well ask, what more do you need in a mount?

Is faster better?

ISO settings are getting faster all the time, but is that a good thing?

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

 

Beginners' luck

Beginners' luck

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

This year Stargazine LIVE is being broadcast to coincide with the 20 March partial solar eclipse, two months after its usual slot in January. It got me wondering if sales in beginners equipment will be effected by the later date.

A beauty to behold

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

 

In these modern times manufacturers are constantly striving to improve short focal length APO refractors, to increase the sensitivity of CCDs/webcams and taking new approaches to GoTo mounts. So it’s refreshing to see that there are still a few hardy souls producing hand crafted equipment for the discerning amateur or collector of astronomical equipment.

Windows eX-P

BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Reviews Editor, Paul Money, discusses the latest astro equipment news

At what point do astrophotographers take the plunge and leave Windows XP behind? Admittedly XP has been a reliable and steadfast operating system for many years now, but I often hear astrophotographers mention that the latest CCD or webcam doesn't work as well, if at all, with XP.

Binoculars for beginners

BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Reviews Editor, Paul Money, discusses the latest astro equipment news

The mirrors align…

BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Reviews Editor, Paul Money, discusses the latest astro equipment news

The next step in astronomy

BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Reviews Editor, Paul Money, discusses the latest astro equipment news

Innovation is always great to see and occasionally something comes along that taps into either a current trend or takes advantage of improved technology.

Summer stargazing

BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Reviews Editor, Paul Money, discusses the latest astro equipment news

The Summer has finally arrived and despite it also being a traditional time for amateur astronomers to take a break whilst the night time skies are lighter - it doesn't have to be the case. There's plenty you can do; cleaning and checking your equipment, tidying up an observatory, checking out the summer sights and always on the lookout for noctilucent clouds.

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