Fresh from International Astronomy Show 2016

Stephen Tonkin reviews the Altair Astro 100mm giant binoculars in the November issue.

Several of the editorial team including yours truly attended the International Astronomy Show at Stoneleigh Park in Kenilworth just last week, manning the BBC Sky at Night Magazine stand and getting to meet many of you who called by to say 'hello'.

Such events are great for me in particular, as I get to roam wild and free talking to the many suppliers and manufactures in attendance, and you can certainly count on a selection of the new products we saw featuring in the reviews section of the magazine over the coming months.

The team man the stand at IAS 2016
Image: Paul Money

Talking of reviews, in the latest issue Stephen Tonkin explores the Altair Astro 100mm giant binocular and can’t resist the lure of having both eyes engaged at the same time, soaking in the photons with what is the equivalent of two telescopes.

Of course you can believe us when we say this pair is quite heavy to hold, but add a sturdy tripod and you could say the sky is the limit!

At the other end of the scale no telescope is complete if it hasn’t got a decent eyepiece, so Steve Richards eyes up the virtues of the Explore Scientific 12mm 92° eyepiece. Any telescope is only as good as its weakest link, so despite the cost of such quality eyepieces, they really can take your telescope to the next level in observer experience.

Also this issue, I have the enjoyable task of taking a look at the revamped and relaunched Meade ETX 90 Observer telescope. Meade have been a little quiet in recent years but it looks like they are gearing up again and the ETX 90 observer adds a new twist by having the tube detachable for added portability, which is a nice touch.

So if you have a cloudy evening or two, then make sure you have the latest issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine at hand and explore our reviews and the impressive array of features too.

The November issue is out 20 October 2016. You can subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine in print and digital, or click here for individual digital issues.


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