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You can spot the four moons in modest binoculars, 7×50 or 10×50 being the best for this, and you’ll even be able to watch them weave around the planet night by night. If you have a small telescope where you can increase the magnification depending on which eyepiece you use, you’ll see the planet much more clearly and the moons will be more obvious.
Among the most interesting events to observe in the Solar System are the transits, occultations and shadow transits, where you can watch the shadow cast by a moon move across the surface of Jupiter’s disc. This
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If you’re like me and collected all things new and digital during the ’90s, then you have at least one old, ridiculously low-resolution webcam lying around. About a year ago, when I was living in a high-rise with great views across a large nature preserve, I figured out how to turn one of these things into a surprisingly good daytime telescope. By feeding the webcam’s CCD with a telephoto lens from my 35mm camera, I got a video scope that could observe wildlife and identify license plates from quite a distance.
Any type of wood will do, but it must
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Kepler space telescope
To date, a huge majority of exoplanets we know of have been discovered by the Kepler space telescope team. Launched on 7 March 2009, Kepler sits in an Earth-trailing orbit around the Sun. Before its launch it was considered possible that planets in the universe were rare. Now, however, its thought that almost every star plays host to at least one planet.
The telescope uses photometry to simultaneously observe thousands of stars. It watches for dips in the brightness of these stars as a planet passes in front, known as a transit, and measuring three of these
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This month we get hands-on with Celestron’s NexStar 130 reflector telescope
Celestron NexStar 130 SLT
Focal Length: 650mm
This fully computerised reflector telescope from Celestron is the perfect way to view the stars. The 130mm aperture does an excellent job of gathering light and will afford you some fantastic views of the planets and also deep sky objects.
It’s a quick and easy telescope to set up that doesn’t require any additional tools, while a handy accessory tray is provided to store your various accessories on. The telescope itself is
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Digiscoping is probably a familiar term to OP readers, as a number of telescopes and adapters from various manufacturers have been reviewed over the last couple of years, including both compact cameras and digital SLR options Leica have long produced top quality telescopes, binoculars and camera equipment and have now introduced their own complete digiscoping kit, that provides everything that i needed to get started and take photos, comprising of: Leica Apo-Televid 82 telescope Leica Trica tripod with fluid head, Leica digiscoping adapter and Leica D-Lux 4 compa camera.
This is quite a difficult review, as I’m not only looking
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By looking at the Sun, our nearest star, you can see amazing processes going on all the time, but remember, you need to be very, very careful…
The Sun is incredibly bright and can easily damage a human eye if you look directly at it and will certainly destroy eyesight if concentrated through binoculars, telescope or even a camera lens even for an instant. Only use proper solar filters to view the Sun and then only in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
It’s sometimes hard to remember that when you see all those tiny twinkling points of
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Find out how to get the best out of your views of the Moon whether using your eyes, binoculars or a telescope…
The Moon is an object with which we are all familiar; however there are ways to observe it that will make your time spent looking at it more worthwhile.
Everyone has noticed the phases that the Moon passes through — from the thinnest sliver to a bright ‘full Moon’ — but when and where can we see these phases and what sort of view can we expect to get when viewing the Moon through binoculars or even a
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Two novice stargazers tell us how they got on with their first attempt at astronomy.
Tested by: Phil Davis
“When my friend first suggested I borrow his Vixen BT81S-A binocular telescope for my first astronomy attempt I was a little bit apprehensive. Having never even used a regular telescope before, this seemed like a bit of a leap into the fire, so to speak.
“Nonetheless, with his help I decided I would give it a go. We had a spare tripod mount hanging around so we attached the binocular scope on to it. The
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We let two novice stargazers loose on our telescopes to see how they got on.
Celestron NexStar 4SE
Tested by: Steven Litton
“The Celestron NexStar 4SE telescope is well packaged and quick and easy to assemble. It looks very modern and professional with its orange barrel and chrome tripod. The tripod is solid, sturdy and easy to adjust in height with the quick release screws. The instructions are clear and I had the telescope set up in less than 30 minutes. It needs eight AA batteries for the main motor and a CR2032 battery for the
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In the night from 10 to 11 August 2013 in a suburban area of the city of Ivanovo seminar was the second star. He became a logical continuation of the April city outreach campaign «sidewalk astronomy».
The seminar this time was called «Summer Triangle» in honor of the light all night the main stars of the summer sky: Vega, Deneb and Altair.
The event was attended by 25 people, most for the first time. People drove throughout the observation period. There are five telescopes: two Newtonian reflector, a refractor and Maksutov two systems. In addition, we used laptops and
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