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The challenge of clear skies

With our tempermental UK weather, large pieces of kit that take time to set up can cause problems for astronomers, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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The Celestron CGX-L EQ 1100 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain
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Here at BBC Sky at Night Magazine we love to review large pieces of kit, and in our latest issue we take on the Celestron CGX-L EQ 1100 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain, an 11-inch SCT on a new mount from Celestron.

Weathering the storm

A recent spate of bad weather hasn't stopped our reviewers getting out and testing the latest kit, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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The QHY367c CMOS colour camera
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Where has the summer gone?

Our reviewers have done an amazing job this month, finding clear gaps in the weather to get the latest set of reviews done for our September issue. Let’s dive in and see what they’ve been up to.

Summer nights of astronomy

Summer nights haven't put off our committed reviewers, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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The Vixen Polarie Star Tracker mount allows for a larger payload and increased camera lens size.
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With summer well and truly here (OK it has been raining a bit, but we persevere!), you would think that the light nights would be a good excuse to sit back and take a break.

Camera capabilities

As planetary imaging becomes ever more popular, we can expect a rise in quality and a drop in price, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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Innovation in astronomy

As technology improves, so too does the inclination for manufacturers to improve their products, often with great results, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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Paul reviews the Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro SynScan mount in the June issue.
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It's the little things

That new reflector, equatorial mount or CCD planetary imaging camera may be top of your 'to buy' list, but it makes sense to pay attention to the smaller pieces of kit, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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In our May issue we examine six of the best 3x Barlow lenses
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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
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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.

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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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
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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
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