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Blue-sky thinking

Cloudy nights need not be the scourge of astronomers, says Paul Money

Cloudy nights and clear days need not be the scourge of amateur astronomers, as Paul Money reveals.

It is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the hobby: you have clear blue sky all day then, as day turns to night, the clouds roll in as if on a timer to obscure the stars.

Standing the test of time

As far as Paul Money is concerned, quality products will always endure

It's always worth keeping an eye on the latest astronomy products as they are released, seeking out the newest and best scopes, mounts and cameras. However, as far as Paul Money is concerned, quality products will always endure.

We are used to reviewing the latest products in BBC Sky at Night Magazine, but in recent years have also carried out Tried & Tested reviews of equipment that has stood the test of time and is still being produced and sold.

GoTo control, the smartphone way

Smart phones are increasingly becoming the 'go to' option for mount control, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

Apps like SkySafari Pro are becoming an increasingly common option for GoTo users
Credit: Paul Money

New Year, new beginnings

New Year, new beginnings

The new year brings with it much to make astronomers happy, writes Paul Money: new Stargazing LIVE, a new calendar of observing and, most importantly, newcomers to astronomy!

 

Technology marches on

The rapid speed of technological advancement continues to make life easier for astrophotographers everywhere. But, as Paul Money discovers, keeping up with progress is not always easy in the modern age.

 


It's neither right nor fair! Just as you start to decide which planetary imaging camera you should purchase, along comes ZWO and produces yet another impressive product, as Pete Lawrence discovers in his review of the ZWO ASI174MM in August’s Sky at Night Magazine.

The world keeps turning

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

Earth's rotation was once a thorn in the side of amateur astronomers everywhere but, as Paul Money discusses, technology has changed all that...

In the beginning there was the alt az mount and the astronomer saw that it was good. Then they had to use it and discovered quite quickly that the sky rotates about us in an odd way!

What's in a mount?

Computerised mounts have now become the norm

Paul Money discusses the latest astro equipment news

 

We are used to the latest generation of mounts being computerised and have grown accustomed to handsets with a database of up to 40,000 + objects from which to pick and choose. So, you might well ask, what more do you need in a mount?

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.

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