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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.

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.

See through scopes

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

 

Scopes for all situations

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

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that it’s worth having several telescopes in ones repertoire to cover all your possible needs. Bigger does seem better optically, this is true. But unless you have an observatory, the sheer size of the telescope and its accompanying mount making the system unwieldy.

Multitasking equipment

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

Astronomy equipment often contains so much technology that you can be forgiven for being confused as to what is needed for your telescope or mount to work properly. For example, if you have a good optical tube assembly, OTA, then you will need to have a good mount to go with it. Add to this mix the large variety of accessories that cover imaging and soon you have so much equipment that you may need to look for another property to store it all!

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