The February 2014 issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine is out in the shops now!
Here’s what’s inside the 108-pages and coverdisc.
– Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014… The premier astro imaging competition returns.
– Venus, a world clouded in mystery – Delve beneath the clouds and into the secrets and into the secrets of Earth’s neighbour, plus our top observing tips.
– Dealing with dew… A little bit of water can create big problems for your telescope – we show you how to fight back.
– Dark skies down under… How to make the most of southern hemisphere skies.
The great cosmic clean-up – We explore the threat posed by space junk and the efforts to start tidying up Earth orbit.
– Reviews: we review the Vixen BT-ED70S-A binocular telescope, the Atik 490EX monochrome CCD camera and the PixInsight software.
– Watch an episode of The Sky at Night, print out our deep sky tour chart, read get started guides, print out observing forms to record your observations, watch astronomy videos and view your Hotshots pictures on the coverdisc.
– Guides covering how to capture an image of the crescent of Venus, sketch Saturn and observe the lunar crater Taruntius.
– The world’s biggest and best skyguide to what you can see in the night skies in February including the Deep-Sky Tour of deep sky objects in the November night skies.
– The monthly Bulletin pages which bring you up to date on all the latest astronomical news as well as Cutting Edge analysis articles which highlight brand new research.
– Our Scope Doctor answers your technical kit questions.
– Interactive: your letters, tweets, forum posts and readers’ scopes
– Gear – a round up of the latest astronomical accessories
– What’s On listings – find out what astronomy events are on near you (also with astronomy related tv & radio listings.)
– Hotshots – this month’s pick of your very best astrophotos
– Beautiful new images from space in Eye on the Sky.
– The latest astronomy books reviewed