Advice for New Astronomers…

Dylan O’Donnell welcomes the new class of “Covid Astronomers” to the fold. 

Don’t worry, you’ll get used to him. Eventually.

 

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$199 Telescope Deal!

SkyWatcher SW707 AZ2 Refractor Telescope Learning or interested in Astronomy? This Sky-Watcher 70/700 Refractor Telescope is a highly affordable telescope which allows beginners to take their first steps into the world of Astronomy. Several accessories are provided, this telescope is suitable for both astronomical and terrestrial observations. Unlike many other beginner telescopes on the market, this…

Why do Pulsars Glitch?

Pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars and sometimes they abruptly increase their rotation rate. This sudden change of spin rate is called a “glitch” and I was part of a team that recorded one happening in the Vela Pulsar, with the results published recently in Nature. Approximately 5-6% of pulsars are known to glitch. The Vela…

Countdown to Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars!

1. Perseverance is searching for signs of ancient life. 2. The rover is landing in a place with a high potential for finding these signs of past microbial life. 3. Perseverance is also collecting important data about Mars’ geology and climate. 4. Perseverance is the first leg of a round trip to Mars. 5. Perseverance…

Geminid Meteor Shower Competition!

An astrophotography photo competition – with no telescope needed! You might have seen a meteor or “shooting star”, but have you seen a whole bunch of them in a short space of time? This is called a meteor shower. To photograph one all you need is a DSLR, a tripod and some clear and preferably…

ZWO Cameras Now on Sale!

Sale! ZWO ASI120MC-S USB3.0 Colour $239.00 $219.00 or 4 payments of $54.75 with Afterpay8% OFF!Add to cart Sale! ZWO-ASI2400MC-Pro $6,499.00 $6,399.00 2% OFF!Add to cart

Is Phosphine-3 Proof of Aliens on Venus?

No.  I’ll just get right to the point. No doubt you’ve heard the news, but if you haven’t a paper was release via NATURE about a team of astronomers who have isolated a phosphine absorption line (PH3) in their spectral analysis of Venus, using two different telescopes, several different reduction methods and measurable uncertainties. The amount…

Countdown To Mars Opposition

(Photo by Damien Peach, 2018)             

Weather Update (For Jupiter)

Jupiter has a new storm outbreak in the Northern hemisphere which is causing some excitement for Jupiter fans. The planet is still quite good to image this month, appearing high overhead and still quite large. The storm is best seen in Infrared (IR) and specifically the Methane band however you would need a very sensitive…

Bintel Astronomy Livestream REPLAY

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3… is this mic on? We’re going to try to broadcast views from space live this evening and see what happens! Join us or watch the replay using the links here.            

Star Adventurer 2i Pro Kit Announced!

The upgraded version of the very popular Star Adventurer star tracking mount for DSLRs and small telescopes has been announced. Appealing to the travelling nightscape and wide field astrophotographer, this new iteration of the Star Adventurer features WiFi app control that means the mount also doubles as a very capable motion/pan time-lapse intervalometer as well…

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