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NASA Returns to the Moon

It’s been 50 years since NASA last sent astronauts to the Moon! After decades of delays, NASA is finally returning humans to the Moon in the coming years. The first launch of the mega rocket that will take them there and help establish a permanent presence is scheduled for 29th August 2022 (USA time) and…

BIG Telescopes are on the way. Here’s some of them.

We’ve all be stunned by the images sent back by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – but what’s happening on the ground? First of all, let’s look at why astronomers go through such enormous effort to put telescopes into space. The complexities of designing a telescope to work in space, launching it into orbit…

JWST Image releases: What’s next?

The James Webb Space Telescope – JWST – is now fully operational and has released its first science images this week that grabbed the world’s attention. With the JWST now “Open for business”, the world’s best astronomers are lining up to use this powerful new instrument.  To use the JWST you must go through a…

Astrophotography – Starlight meets the computer

According to the American Astronomical Society, the  charged couple device or CCD   was born on 17 October 1969 at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey during a brain storming session between Willard Boyle and George Smith.  While it was originally intended as a solid state storage device, the imaging possibilities quickly became obvious. (Boyle…

Spotting Scopes and Binoculars – what’s the difference?

Most people are familiar with binoculars.  You might have even used a pair at the footy or cricket,  to watch  some of our wonderful native Australian birds and wildlife or even stare up the  night sky. We get many questions about when you should be using a spotting scope compared to binoculars. There’s no simple…

Astrophotography – Revealing the Universe

In the last blog post available here we covered how astronomers gradually used new discoveries in photographic techniques to not just record what could be seen at the telescope’s eyepiece but to capture even fainter details than humans could perceive. Like new technologies tend to do, once photography became commonly available advances in materials and…

Harmonic Drive Telescope Mounts

What do the ZWO AM5, the iOptron HEM27 telescope mounts and the wheels of the Apollo Lunar Rover have in common? They’re all driven by a Harmonic Drive. There’s been a lot of excitement about the recent announcement of affordable telescope mounts using Harmonic Drives.  These mounts offer some features that make them of great…

📷 Astrophotography – The Early Days

Humans have produced star maps, charts, drawings and other records of the unchanging night sky above us going back to ancient times. However,  even the most talented artists were limited to what could be seen with their eyes. Early pioneers of using the telescope for astronomy quickly discovered they needed to record and share their…

⊚ The Changing Rings of Saturn

Saturn takes 29 years to orbit the Sun. The view we see of it rings changes during this time for the same reason we have seasons. Like the Earth, Saturn is on a tilt.  Image of Saturn’s changing rings by Kevin Parker When you take your telescope out to view Saturn this winter, you might…

⚫️ First Image of Our Super Massive Black Hole

Image of the super massive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way released by a global research team EHT Collaboration 12th May 2022.  Our home galaxy, The Milky Way, has long thought to contain a super massive black hole. This is something observed not just in the Milky Way, but in many other…

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