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Making the most of clear skies

Be it long exposures, lengthy set-up times, misbehaving skies or expensive equipment, today's astronomers and astrophotographers have alot to contend with.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money looks at the latest equipment reviewed in our October issue that is helping astronomers make the most of their observing.

Paul Money reviews the Explore Scientific AR152 doublet achromat refractor in the October issue. View a 360° model of the refractor here.

Refracting telescopes: room for improvement

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money extols the virtues of technological advancements in September's astronomy equipment reviews.

Our first ever Prima LuceLab review is their incredible AIRY APO120 refractor. View a 360° model at

A new wave of CCD camera?

This month, BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money finds his astro imaging wish may finally have come true.

Is the AST8300-A-M-FW a sign of things to come? You can see a 360° model of the CCD camera at

Solar observing beyond white light

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money reveals the kit we're testing in the August issue, including a new set of Calcium H eyepieces that offer solar observing beyond the usual white light.


The Quark eyepiece offers views of the sun in the Calcium H wavelength. You can see a 360° model of the filter at www.skyatnightmagazine/quarkcah.

It used to be that viewing and imaging the Sun was a tricky and potentially dangerous affair: indeed, only the most experienced astronomers ventured into the imaging side of things.

Hold steady: the virtues of image stabilising binoculars

Paul Money looks ahead to this month's reviews, featuring Canon's IS binos

BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money reveals how image stabilisation has enhanced the power of binoculars.

DLSR cameras: here to stay?

Paul Money reveals the latest kit reviews appearing in this month's issue

As astrophotography becomes an increasingly popular option for astronomers, DSLR makers are following suit, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

The D810A is Nikon's first foray into the astronomical DSLR market

The biggest change in astronomy surely has to be the surge of interest in photographing the night sky, especially given how recent advances in the imaging capability of smart phones are enabling almost everyone to try their hand.

So does this mean the end is in sight for the use of DSLRs in astrophotography?

In praise of the modern refractor

Refractor users today have much to be thankful for, writes Paul Money

Astronomers who use refractors today have much to be thankful for, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

refractor telescope astronomy

Refractors traditionally were long focal length affairs with quite long tubes, which makes you wonder how astronomers like Cassini and Hevelius coped with the huge ungainly equipment they regularly used.

We really have to take our hats off to them, considering the achievements and discoveries they made with the refractors of old.

Technology marches on

Paul Money looks at the technology improving how we view and image the sky

This month's kit has left BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money in awe of new technologies that continue to improve how we view and image the sky.

The march of progress continues apace, and in this month’s reviews Pete Lawrence gets to play with the Atik Infinity CCD camera. This compact device not only captures great pictures of the sky, it can also show the images being built up live on your screen as well, making it ideal for public outreach. It makes you wonder how far such technology can go and indeed, how they can fit it into something so small and easy to handle!

Aperture fever

Paul Money discusses the ailment that grips many an amateur astronomer at this time of year: aperture fever!


It’s that time of year when the almost inevitable bug bites and you are stricken. No I’m not talking about the flu, but aperture fever. It is a common affliction that occurs just when you think you are enjoying your own telescope and spy someone else’s larger one.

The weakest link

The weakest link

Astronomers today have a plethora of high quality telescopes and mounts available at their fingertips. However, as Paul Money reveals, even the best pieces of kit can be wasted if you overlook that all-important eyepiece.


It is so easy today to seek out and purchase your chosen telescope: be it via the internet or by visiting one of the many astro retailers, many of which have showrooms enabling customers to browse at their leisure.

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