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Where to start?

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

We all have to invest in equipment if we want to enjoy the treasures of the night sky, so it’s only fitting that our November reviews explores a few of the options available. The question is how far do you go down the technical path to satisfy your needs? Two of our reviews look at the standard approach of a pair of binoculars and a basic equatorially mounted telescope, neither of which will break the bank.

Many mounts

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

Telescopes come in all shapes and sizes, from long refractors to Newtonian systems, and this variation doesn’t stop at OTA’s. Mounts seem to have almost as many variations.

In recent years, an astronomer’s choice of mount tended to be either German equatorial style mounts like the popular EQ3 and EQ5 models, or altaz and equatorial fork mounts like the Meade LX90 and LX200 systems, or the Celestron CPC range.

Tried and Tested

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

It’s good to see equipment of all types undergoing improvement, from optical tube assemblies to mounts of varying complexity, CCDs and planetary cameras – it shows innovation is certainly not dead. This is reflected in our reviews in the magazine this month where we take a look at Software Bisque’s Paramount MX mount and Celestron’s Nightscape CCD camera.

Men – and equipment – can multitask

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

Something struck me recently while I was sitting at my computer – there I was writing, but at the same time I was checking the magazine’s Facebook page, had several astro related web sites open and was keeping an eye on my inbox for replies from suppliers and colleagues. And they say blokes can’t multitask!

Money talks

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

Portable mounts are even more popular than ever as more of us try to escape the scourge of light pollution and seek out darker skies. It is no surprise therefore that mount manufacturers continue to look at – and improve – their portable range of mounting solutions. Certainly it seems whatever your financial state there is something out there for you to consider when parting with your hard-earned cash.

Money talks

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

Welcome to the new home for my Money Talks blog, where I’ll be continuing to take a look at what’s new and upcoming in the ever-changing Iniverse of astro equipment.

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