Product reviews: Sky-Watcher 9x50 Finderscope
By: Matt Kelly
I remember when I started my love affair with the telescope, a good few years ago now. On my very first observing session I thought I could get by without attaching a finderscope to the telescope at all. Ridiculously, I thought I'd simply be able...
Product reviews: Antares Laser Collimator
By: Matt Kelly
Of all the telescopes I own at the moment, I do the majority of my visual observing through a 12" Newtonian on a Dobsonian base. The plus side of the Newtonian is that it provides the biggest aperture for the least money. The down side...
Product reviews: Williams Optics 3mm SPL eye-piece
By: Matt Kelly
Every Astronomer should have at least one low power, one medium power and one high power eyepiece in their collection, although the higher powered EPs will only get used when the atmosphere is at it's steadiest. Enter the Williams Optics SPL 3mm, one of the...
What you need to know to buy telescope lenses as a gift
By: Matt Kelly
Thinking of purchasing an eyepiece for that significant stargazer in your life? Well you couldn't have picked a better time to buy as the eyepiece market is bursting with quality made lenses at a fraction of what they used to cost. The most important question...
Product reviews: Celestron Omni CG4 Equatorial Mount and Tripod
By: Matt Kelly
The first time I used a CG-4 mount was in conjunction with my first telescope, it was many years ago and I lacked the experience to really get the most out of it, in fact my initial frustrations with it started me off on a...
Product reviews: Celestron 6x30 Finderscope
By: Matt Kelly
Most die-hard astronomers (or geeks as we're otherwise known) will own a selection of telescopes at any one time, each performing a different role. You'll have the little refractor that's easy to transport and take on holidays, you'll have the larger refractor that gives great...
Basics of astronomy
By: Matt Kelly
Absolutely anyone can take part in Astronomy thanks to the invention and utilisation of a few basic yet highly effective tools, all of which will fit neatly in an average backpack. . Binoculars, big or small, cheap or expensive a pair of hand held binoculars will...
Product reviews: 26mm Skywatcher Plossl
By: Matt Kelly
Over the years I have been lucky enough to get a look through quite an extensive array of eyepieces of all different shapes and sizes, but never have I been so consistently impressed than I am with the Skywatcher Plossl, supposedly a bog standard Ep...
Which of the twelve key questions posed by the National Research Council's SSE Survey is the most important?
By: D. Vogt
In 2002, NASA and the National Research Council, at the National Academy of Science, attempted to throw open the doors of publicly organized space science research through the Solar System Exploration Survey, also known as the SSE Survey. Anyone was allowed to provide input, although...
What is the theory of dark fluid?
By: D. Vogt
The theory of dark fluid is a new and alternative theory to account for a pair of mysterious puzzles in astrophysics which have previously been "solved" through the supposition of a pair of other unseen forces, dark matter and dark energy. As it has been...

 

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