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Looking ahead to the International Astronomy Show 2018

As the International Astronomy Show 2018 approaches, BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money looks forward to another chance to get up and close with the latest equipment.

The International Astronomy Show: an opportunity to get view the latest equipment on the market.
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October sees the 2018 International Astronomy Show take place in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on the 12th and 13th, Friday and Saturday.

Piering into space

Tripods can be the backbone of a good astronomy setup, but when it comes to sturdiness, it might be worth considering something more substantial like a pier, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

"Why not go the whole hog and replace your tripod with a pillar/pier tripod or a permanent pier instead?"
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In last month's blog I extolled the virtues of having a sturdy tripod to support your equipment, but now let us look at other options, in particular piers and pier extensions.

Normal tripods are undoubtedly good, and a large range of equipment is supplied with one as standard.

The benefits of a tripod

A good tripod is not to be taken for granted, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

 

In the August 2018 issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, Pete Lawrence reviews the Sky-Watcher SolarQuest Solar Go-To tracking mount, which incudes a lightweight tripod.
A good tripod can be the backbone of a successful observing session, writes Paul Money.
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Telescopes: refractor or reflector?

Paul Money weighs up the pros and cons of two telescopic stalwarts

What do astronomers observe during the summer months? Many take advantage of the longer days to get kit in order for the coming season. But, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money, this could mean missing out on some summer sky delights.

In the July issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, Paul Money reviews the Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro refractor. But are refractors comparable to the deep-sky views of their reflector cousins?
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To refract or to reflect? That is the question.

The secrets of summer observing

Shorter nights needn't mean the end of observing for another season

What do astronomers observe during the summer months? Many take advantage of the longer days to get kit in order for the coming season. But, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money, this could mean missing out on some summer sky delights.

 

Summer months shouldn't mean the end of observing! Longer days mean it's a good time for a spot of solar observing. Reader Jason Durrant send us this image of the Sun captured in March 2017. Remember never to observe the Sun without the use of specialist equipment.
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When I were a lad…

Astronomers' Helping Hand

Our recent assembly and review of a 20-inch Dobsonian has left BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money asking "how big is too big?"

The Sky-Watcher SynScan V4 hand controller that comes with the AZ-EQ5GT mount has a database of over 42,900 objects including the Messier, NGC and IC catalogues, variable stars, double stars, planets and named stars.
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Telescopes: how big is too big?

Paul Money gets aperture fever following his review of a 20-inch Dobsonian

Our recent assembly and review of a 20-inch Dobsonian has left BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money asking "how big is too big?"

BBC Sky at Night Magazine art editor Steve Marsh contemplates the assembly of the massive 20-inch StarGate 500P Dobsonian, during its photoshoot for the April 2018 issue.
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How big is too big?

Finderscopes: are they redundant?

Paul Money considers the finderscope's role in the modern hobby

Once the saviour of the amateur astronomer, modern mounts and smartphone apps are rendering the finderscope redundant in many cases. Is there still room in the hobby for this nifty device?

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money considers the future of the finderscope.

"When it comes to GoTo systems, it becomes a little less clear just how useful a finderscope can be."
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Once upon a time we were lost without them. The trusty optical finderscope allowed us to get a wide field of view to visually home in on targets, or help us star hop to the next one.

Astronomy refinement

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money reveals what equipment we're reviewing in our February 2018 issue, out 18 January.

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New kit for a new year

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money reveals what equipment we're reviewing in our January issue, out 21 December.

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"Ideal for group observing, public outreach" - the Revolution Imager R2.
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As we head into 2018, we look forward to getting our hands on more exciting and innovative products for our monthly reviews, so that you can be up to date with the latest products.

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