Product reviews: Tal x2 De-Luxe Barlow Lens 1.25" eyepiece
By: Matt Kelly
A decent Barlow is an invaluable tool to the astronomer, especially in times where money may be a little tighter than usual. The Barlow is indispensable to the visual observer as well as the astrophotographer. Firstly, for the visual observer a Barlow increases magnification by...
By: JoAnne Windsinger
In movies, you see a fight such as a barroom brawl. Someone hurls another person through a glass window or door. You hear a spectacular crashing sound but the person gets away unhurt except for some fake blood. The jagged pieces of glass look real...
Exploring the theory that time does not exist
By: Christyl Rivers
Does time exist as anything other than our measure of it? Could there ever have been a "fifteen minutes before the Big Bang?" Time exists as something relative to our perception and movement. For events to have any kind of sequence, or order, we...
Viewing techniques for urban stargazing
By: Carol Smock
Stargazing was once the most simple and accessible of entertainments. Shepherds would peruse the canopy of tiny lights overhead and spin tales of god and goddesses. In rural areas, star gazing is usually as simple as walking out into the night and looking up. The...
By: Pamela Kay
The night skies, seen by most urban dwellers, is empty when compared to the sky seen by someone in the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania because of the light pollution in urban areas. Because of this light, it is more difficult choosing an observing site for...
By: D. Vogt
The unexpected discovery of extrasolar planet Gliese 581g in September 2010 set off wild speculation about what appeared to be the most Earth-like planet found orbiting another star yet. The man who headed up the planet-hunting team which found it, Steven Vogt, had a moment...
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...

 

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