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!


Art interrogates science

Caroline Corbasson, 'We Colonised the Moon, Frigoris (USGS maps)'

An artistic vision of space at BREESE LITTLE gallery provides great insight ahead of judging the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 competition  


Technology marches on

The rapid speed of technological advancement continues to make life easier for astrophotographers everywhere. But, as Paul Money discovers, keeping up with progress is not always easy in the modern age.


It's neither right nor fair! Just as you start to decide which planetary imaging camera you should purchase, along comes ZWO and produces yet another impressive product, as Pete Lawrence discovers in his review of the ZWO ASI174MM in August’s Sky at Night Magazine.

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.

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