May 2019 Bonus Content

Access all of May's Bonus Content, including an episode of The Sky at Night, interviews, book previews, observing forms and astrophotography galleries.

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Classic Episode – Navigational Astronomy

In this episode of The Sky at Night from 1 August 1973, Patrick takes a look at news that Russia has launched its Mars 4 and 5 missions to the Red Planet. He then steps on board the ship Monte Umbe with Commander Henry Hatfield for a spot of navigational astronomy.

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Interview: Carey Lisse (New Horizons)

We speak to New Horizons scientist Carey Lisse about the latest data from the New Horizons Kuiper Belt flyby.


Readers’ astrophotos


Eye on the sky

Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, 28 February 2019Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Michigan/J-T Li et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI
Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, 28 February 2019
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Michigan/J-T Li et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI
NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, 6 March 2019Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA.
NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, 6 March 2019
Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA.
Chandra X-ray Observatory, 14 March 2019Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Cambridge/G. Lansbury et al; Optical: NASA/STScI/W. Keel et al.
Chandra X-ray Observatory, 14 March 2019
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Cambridge/G. Lansbury et al; Optical: NASA/STScI/W. Keel et al.
Hubble Space Telescope, 25 March 2019Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, P. Dobbie et al.
Hubble Space Telescope, 25 March 2019
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, P. Dobbie et al.
OSIRIS-REx, 19 March 2019Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin
OSIRIS-REx, 19 March 2019
Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin
Hubble Space Telescope, 4 March 2019Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Adamo et al.
Hubble Space Telescope, 4 March 2019
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Adamo et al.
Very Large Telescope, 18 March 2019Credit: ESO
Very Large Telescope, 18 March 2019
Credit: ESO
Very Large Telescope, 14 March 2019Credit: ESO
Very Large Telescope, 14 March 2019
Credit: ESO

Book preview: The Vinyl Frontier

01 - Vinyl

Download an excerpt from The Vinyl Frontier, a new book by Jonathan Scott about the Golden Record that was installed on the Voyager spacecraft.

Extract provided courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing.


Virtual Planetarium

Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel guide us through May’s night-sky highlights.

Watch this month’s Planetarium in above or click here to download and watch offline.


Audiobook previews

Download excerpts from new audiobooks on private spaceflight and early modern astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler.

Click on the audiobook covers below to download the audio files.

Space20

Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler


Wallpaper

Wallpaper

Download this month’s wallpaper showing a setting Sun for your computer desktop.

Click the links below to download the wallpaper in different sizes.

Copyright: Pete Lawrence

Wallpaper 4:3

Wallpaper 5:4

Wallpaper 16:9

Wallpaper 16:10

Wallpaper 4K


Binocular and deep-sky tours

Download this month’s binocular and deep-sky tour charts. The charts are printed in black on white so they can be viewed under red light at your telescope.

Binocular tour (PDF)

Deep-sky tour (PDF)


DIY Astronomy – Build a portable sundial

Download extra materials to help with this month’s DIY Astronomy project on p72 of the issue.

Download here.

Sundial

Observing forms

Jupiter-report-form

Record your observations of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and the Sun with our handy printable forms.

If you observe the Sun, remember NEVER to look at it with your naked eye; either project it through your telescope or use a solar filter on your telescope’s front lens.

Jupiter (PDF)

Mars (PDF)

Saturn (PDF)

Venus (PDF)

The Sun (PDF)


Equipment review guide

See the results of every first light test we’ve ever carried out by downloading our equipment review guide (PDF).


Software

Download Argo Navis Deep-Sky Tour

This month’s deep-sky tour plan file can be imported into the Argo Navis Digital Telescope Computer using Argonaut software, a free utility available from Wildcard Innovations. Using Argo Navis with this month’s deep-sky tour plan file, you can:

• display essential information from the Argo Navis database for each object

• slew your telescope to each object in the plan – requires a compatible mount.

• push your telescope to each object in the plan using the coordinates provided on the Argo Navis display.

To import this month’s deep-sky tour plan file into Argo Navis using Argonaut software:

Download and save the file to your hard drive.

Run the Argonaut utility program and transfer the plan into your Argo Navis DTC.

This month’s Deep-Sky Tour plan file is produced by Deep-Sky Planner 7 (see knightware.biz/dsp).

Copyright Wildcard Innovations Pty Ltd.

Download Deep-Sky Planner

License type: Full software

Platform: Windows

Versions: 7, 8
, 10

Deep-Sky Planner 7 astronomy software for Windows provides the tools you need to make your time at the telescope more efficient and enjoyable.

• sort the objects in the plan according to the best time and order to view each object.

• slew your ASCOM-compatible Go-To mount to each object in the plan – requires ASCOM software (free).

• show a sky chart centered on each object in the plan using one of the top planetarium software titles – requires TheSky, Starry Night, Redshift or Cartes du Ciel (free).

• record your observation in the open, non-proprietary observing log.

Details about Deep-Sky Planner and how to purchase can be found here.

Download the Deep-Sky Planner compatible file of this month’s deep-sky tour observing plan file so that you can visit each object directly with Deep-Sky Planner. Save the file to your hard drive and double click it to open it in Deep-Sky Planner.

Download EQTOUR

If you are one of the many astronomers who use the ASCOM driver EQMOD to control your ASCOM-compatible Go-To mount, you can use an add-on application called EQTOUR to call up various sets of sky tours like Messier, Caldwell, Globular Clusters and simply click on an object name to slew to it.

Details about the application and how to download it free of charge can be found here.

Download the EQTOUR compatible file of our monthly Deep-sky tour, so that you can visit each object directly from your EQMod control panel. We’ve also included a PDF document that explains the system and how to get it installed with your telescope setup.

Copy the .lst file from the folder that appears into the same directory as the EQTOUR application file, EQTOUR.exe, and follow the instructions in the link above.

Download SkySafari

License type: Full software

Platform: iOS, Android

Versions: 4 or later (Plus or Pro editions)

This month’s deep-sky tour plan file can be imported into SkySafari software, available from Simulation Curriculum.

Using this month’s deep-sky tour plan file on SkySafari, you can:

• view each object in SkySafari’s night sky simulation view

• display essential information from the SkySafari database for each object

• slew your telescope to each object in the plan – requires a compatible mount.

To import this month’s deep-sky tour plan file into SkySafari, please see the SkySafari user manual for your device platform and version of SkySafari.

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This month’s Deep-Sky Tour plan file is produced by Deep-Sky Planner 7.