Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials Backpack Review

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The Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials backpack is a high quality camera bag which complies with the strictest of airline cabin bag allowances and yet is capable of holding a substantial amount of equipment including small telescopes. Click to read more

Tele Optic Giro Ercole Alt Az Mount Review

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With a capacity for an OTA of up to 8kg without a counterweight and up to 18kg per side with, the Tele Optic Ercole is an excellent choice for the travelling astronomer who wants to search out dark skies without additional weights as well as those with larger OTAs that observe closer to home. Click to read more

Santa or the International Space Station can make Christmas a little more magical

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How wonderful would the look on a young child’s face be when they see Santa flying over your house on Christmas Eve? A little bit of astronomy and the International Space Station can make it happen. And for slightly older children, why not inspire them with some science and technology facts about the permanently crewed, football pitch sized station? Click to read more

Think Tank Photo Airport Security V2 Rolling Camera Bag Review

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The Think Tank Photo Airport Security V2.0 Rolling Camera bag has proved to a great choice to transport my airline portable telescope and accessories and with a high quality construction and plenty of thoughtful touches, I now use it home and away to carry my scope. Click to read more

NASA gives green light to group of citizen scientists to communicate with 36 year old ISEE-3 Spacecraft

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Launched in 1978, the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISSE-3) spacecraft was the first to study the constant flow of the solar wind and after a new mission was assigned to in 1984 to pass through a cometary tail, the craft headed deep into interplanetary space. Now 36 years old, the craft will make a close approach to the Earth in August 2014 and NASA has given permission to a group of citizen scientists to attempt to communicate with and possible control the craft. Click to read more

Gitzo Systematic Series 5 GT5532S Carbon Fibre Tripod Review

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The Gitzo Systematic Series 5 GT5532S Carbon Fibre tripod is an excellent choice for the travelling astronomer. With a closed length of less than 63cm and weight of only 2.8kg, it travels easily, but with a load capacity of 40kg and fantastic torsional rigidity, it provides a very stable base for high power observing. Click to read more

First Ring System Found Around an Asteroid

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One significant feature that links Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune is the presence of ring system.  Now a fifth solar system body can be added to this rarefied group, and it is a rather surprising addition.  Observations at several sites in South America including ESO’s La Silla Observatory have discovered… Click to read more