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

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Something for everyone

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

Starting a new journey in astronomy often begins with the question of what size telescope to buy. The advice regularly given is to get a pair of binoculars rather than a small telescope and in the past this was with good reason – often telescopes of less than 80mm aperture were of poor quality.

A splash of colour

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

The one negative thing about deep-sky observing has to be the lack of colour in the view through an eyepiece.

When running public stargazing events, I have to make sure everybody understands that what they’ll observe won’t necessarily look like the stunning astro images seen in glossy magazines.

A lot to take in

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

Unless you dedicate your setup solely to imaging, eyepieces are a vital part of any astronomer’s toolkit.

They come in a variety of designs including Orthoscopic, Kellner, Erfle, Plössel, Nagler and more.

Each have advantages and disadvantages depending on what you plan to observe, with some more suited to low magnification work and others to high.

Refined taste

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

 

It always amazes me how often manufacturers are refining, tweaking and improving their astro equipment.  

466 equipment reviews and counting!

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

 

This September, BBC Sky at Night magazine reaches a major milestone, our 100th issue. Since June 2005 when the first issue hit the newsstand the reviews section has played a major part in the magazine’s success.

Solar sleuths

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

 

After what seems like an eternity we've been having some great weather here in the UK. Of course, the light summer nights don't help if you are a deep-sky explorer, but astronomy doesn’t have to be limited to after dark. At long last the Sun is out so now’s the perfect time to take a look at it.

Accessible accessories

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

No matter what astronomy kit you buy, there’s a good chance that there’ll be something you can add to it to enhance its usefulness and performance. Many manufacturers and suppliers offer equipment and associated accessories as packages, but what constitutes a package is largely up to them. Fortunately, most packages have been put together using common sense.

Predictions from the past

A study of old aurora records has helped develop predictions about future solar activity

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Visual records of aurorae offer a longer-term view of solar activity than the telescopic sunspot record.

Has Earth life colonised the Solar System?

An asteroid impact could have sent life-bearing material from Earth out to the other planets

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During the Late Heavy Bombardment, collisions with large asteroids were far more frequent than they are now.

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