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The Skies of May, 2024

May 25 2024 07:57 AM | cookman in This Month

Highlights: Comet Journal, Martian Landers, Meteor Showers, Planet Plotting, May Moon Focus Constellations: Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Draco, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Camelopardalis, Lynx, Leo Minor, Canes Venatici, Coma Berenices, Bootes, Corona Borealis, Hercules, Ophiuchus, Virgo, Leo

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Cosmic Challenge: Palomar 4

May 01 2024 05:00 AM | PhilH in Phil Harrington's Cosmic Challenge

When you think of deep-sky objects in Ursa Major, you probably don't think of globular clusters. Galaxies, sure! Planetary nebulae? There's the Owl Nebula. But globular clusters? Probably not.

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Sky-watcher P 130/650 Starquest review

May 01 2024 05:00 AM | Nikolai De Silva in User Reviews

Overall, the Sky-watcher P 130/650 Starquest Telescope is a durable, good beginner telescope with which you can enjoy views to remember forever. It's really reasonable to afford and brings you a sensation of quality.

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A Quick Review of the 28” Reginato Super Maser

May 01 2024 05:00 AM | il_galassiere in User Reviews

It was since year 2020, by then in my sixties, that I conceived the idea to buy a very serious and powerful instrument for my long-standing visual observations. The choice fell on a Reginato Super Maser 28-inch Newtonian telescope with standard alt-azimuthal fork mount. Hereafter are the seven more significant values of my choice:

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Totality in Vermont

May 01 2024 05:00 AM | Gil V in Articles

n April, 2024 at the age of 64, I made my first attempt to see a total solar eclipse. The April 8, 2024 eclipse shadow passed through northern New Hampshire, a five hour drive from our home in Connecticut.

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Cosmic Challenge: NGC 4361

Apr 03 2024 12:31 PM | PhilH in Phil Harrington's Cosmic Challenge

Corvus, the celestial crow, flies low in the spring sky as viewed from the northern hemisphere. Located between the constellations Virgo and Hydra, it is easily identifiable by its compact shape resembling a perched bird. The crow carries with it but one notable deep-sky object for backyard telescopes. Planetary nebula NGC 4361 is almost perfectly centered within Corvus's trapezoidal body.

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The Skies of April, 2024

Apr 03 2024 11:39 AM | cookman in This Month

Highlights: Comet Journal, Martian Landers, Meteor Showers, Planet Plotting, April Moon Focus Constellations: Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Draco, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Camelopardalis, Lynx, Leo Minor, Canes Venatici, Bootes, Coma Berenices, Leo, Cancer, Gemini, Auriga, Perseus

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The Skies of March, 2024

Mar 21 2024 03:36 PM | cookman in This Month

Highlights: Comet Journal, Martian Landers, Meteor Showers, Planet Plotting, March Moon Focus Constellations: Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Draco, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Camelopardalis, Lynx, Leo Minor, Coma Berenices, Canes Venatici, Bootes, Leo, Cancer, Gemini, Auriga, Taurus, Perseus

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How to add a counterweight to a Unitron AZ 114 or 140 mount

Mar 01 2024 07:00 AM | bmwscopeguy in CN Reports

With this easy addition, the scope is now ‘almost’ in balance through most of its motion, and the springs have an easier time returning the scope to the horizontal position. And the best thing is that it requires no alteration of the mount and is fully and easily reversible if you choose.

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Review of a discarded 2003 National Geographic Society 50mm Refractor

Mar 01 2024 07:00 AM | timmywampus in User Reviews

The scope, as tested for this review, would be one that I would be willing to give to a person that I did not like, but even then, I like astronomy too much to spite someone away from the hobby. For free, this telescope was worth picking up and providing a day’s worth of entertainment, but I would rather spend $27.99 on other equipment. Conclusion: Do not buy, whether in “Classic” or “Modern Era” trim.

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