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The secrets of summer observing

Shorter nights needn't mean the end of observing for another season

What do astronomers observe during the summer months? Many take advantage of the longer days to get kit in order for the coming season. But, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money, this could mean missing out on some summer sky delights.

 

Summer months shouldn't mean the end of observing! Longer days mean it's a good time for a spot of solar observing. Reader Jason Durrant send us this image of the Sun captured in March 2017. Remember never to observe the Sun without the use of specialist equipment.
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When I were a lad…

Astronomers' Helping Hand

Our recent assembly and review of a 20-inch Dobsonian has left BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money asking "how big is too big?"

The Sky-Watcher SynScan V4 hand controller that comes with the AZ-EQ5GT mount has a database of over 42,900 objects including the Messier, NGC and IC catalogues, variable stars, double stars, planets and named stars.
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Telescopes: how big is too big?

Paul Money gets aperture fever following his review of a 20-inch Dobsonian

Our recent assembly and review of a 20-inch Dobsonian has left BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money asking "how big is too big?"

BBC Sky at Night Magazine art editor Steve Marsh contemplates the assembly of the massive 20-inch StarGate 500P Dobsonian, during its photoshoot for the April 2018 issue.
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How big is too big?

Finderscopes: are they redundant?

Paul Money considers the finderscope's role in the modern hobby

Once the saviour of the amateur astronomer, modern mounts and smartphone apps are rendering the finderscope redundant in many cases. Is there still room in the hobby for this nifty device?

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money considers the future of the finderscope.

"When it comes to GoTo systems, it becomes a little less clear just how useful a finderscope can be."
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Once upon a time we were lost without them. The trusty optical finderscope allowed us to get a wide field of view to visually home in on targets, or help us star hop to the next one.

Astronomy refinement

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money reveals what equipment we're reviewing in our February 2018 issue, out 18 January.

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New kit for a new year

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money reveals what equipment we're reviewing in our January issue, out 21 December.

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"Ideal for group observing, public outreach" - the Revolution Imager R2.
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As we head into 2018, we look forward to getting our hands on more exciting and innovative products for our monthly reviews, so that you can be up to date with the latest products.

An imaging revolution

With our tempermental UK weather, large pieces of kit that take time to set up can cause problems for astronomers, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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"Ideal for group observing, public outreach" - the Revolution Imager R2.
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There is a revolution coming: the Revolution Imager R2 no less!

In our December issue Peter Jenkins takes a look at a piece of kit that gives you live views of the cosmos on a screen.

Cool as a camera

With our tempermental UK weather, large pieces of kit that take time to set up can cause problems for astronomers, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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"This one is cooled for better deep-sky performance" - ZWO’s ASI071MC camera.
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With imaging such a dominate aspect of amateur astronomy, it's no wonder we feature cameras of all types in our reviews. Our November issue is no exception!

The challenge of clear skies

With our tempermental UK weather, large pieces of kit that take time to set up can cause problems for astronomers, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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The Celestron CGX-L EQ 1100 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain
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Here at BBC Sky at Night Magazine we love to review large pieces of kit, and in our latest issue we take on the Celestron CGX-L EQ 1100 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain, an 11-inch SCT on a new mount from Celestron.

Weathering the storm

A recent spate of bad weather hasn't stopped our reviewers getting out and testing the latest kit, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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The QHY367c CMOS colour camera
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Where has the summer gone?

Our reviewers have done an amazing job this month, finding clear gaps in the weather to get the latest set of reviews done for our September issue. Let’s dive in and see what they’ve been up to.

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