Product reviews: Televue 25mm Plossl 1.25" telescope eyepiece
By: Matt Kelly
The Plossl class of eyepiece is saturated with offerings from all different companies and all different shapes and sizes. Any Plossl will do the job but if you are willing to spend a little extra you can own a Televue Plossl, which will outperform nearly...
Scientist declares alien signal sent from extrasolar planet Gliese 581g
By: D. Vogt
In September 2010, the planet-hunting team of Steven Vogt made headlines by announcing that they believed they had discovered the most Earth-like planet ever: Gliese 581g, a small planet orbiting squarely in the habitability zone of its red dwarf star, Gliese 581. The reception of...
Product reviews: William Optics 4mm UWAN 1.25" telescope eyepiece
By: Matt Kelly
William Optics are well versed in the manufacture of quality eyepieces, especially in the wide field arena. The 4mm UWAN (standing for ultra wide angle) is a dedicated planetary/lunar eyepiece that will provide high power views when used on any telescope, the 4mm focal length...
By: Deneice Arthurton
The constellations are human designed patterns in the sky which link various stars. Most of the names used for today's constellations date from classical Greek and Roman times and therefore include many mythological and classical figures. All of the constellations have stories attached to them...
Choosing an observing site for urban stargazing
By: Deneice Arthurton
Observing the night sky in an urban area makes stargazing more difficult but not impossible. An urban stargazer is never going to see the same things as an observer situated in a rural area but careful thought in selecting a site can make a difference...
By: Pat Lunsford
UFOs and aliens have been around for thousands of years as evidenced by the numerous cave drawings and several other findings left behind by these beings. Moreover, they have interacted with many ancient civilizations that left evidence of technology which was far beyond their capabilities...
By: Deneice Arthurton
Star charts are a wonderful way to familiarise yourself with the night sky and are a particularly useful tool for complete beginners. Complete star charts which list stars, constellations, star clusters and nebulae can be confusing if you are just starting out but a simplified...
By: Leigh Goessl
New planet Gliese 581g has garnered a lot of attention in recent months. In September 2010, announcement of the new planet set in a 'habitable zone' orbiting known red dwarf star Gliese 581 set global society a flurry with wonderment. When the news broke many...
Product reviews: Televue Nagler 5mm 1.25" telescope eyepiece
By: Matt Kelly
Televue have spent years crafting quality astronomical equipment to ensure they remain the kings of eyepiece construction. The Nagler series is amongst their finer offerings and while they cannot be considered cheap (at just shy of £200) the unwavering enthusiasm and skill that Televue...
Factors that impact the visibility of a comet
By: Deneice Arthurton
Comets have both fascinated and terrified man since ancient times. A comet's visible presence in the night sky is something that most people find magical and it will generate enough interest to get people gazing skyward in their backyards and to appear over and again...

 

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