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Observing the Sun just got easier - and cheaper!

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 14:14 on 07 April 2014

Observing the Sun just got easier - and cheaper! You want to observe the Sun in H-Alpha light? Think you can't afford it? Well you can now. Daystar Filters made an announcement last week. New for 2014, the Daystar Instruments QUARK is t

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Taking Software Bisque's TheSkyX Student software beyond edu-tainment

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 14:50 on 03 April 2014

Taking Software Bisque's TheSkyX Student software beyond edu-tainment TheSkyX is touted as "a software experience like no other" because of it's realistic simulated flybys and fun, educational tours. Software Bisque used the

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Lunar Meteorites and Observing the Moon.

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 14:15 on 21 March 2014

Lunar Meteorites and Observing the Moon. Meteorites hitting the moon is nothing new. Amateur astronomers have recorded seeing meteorites strike the lunar surface. It's notable when one hits the moon that is large and travels at such velocity that t

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CCD cameras: Are they one of the keys to amateur exoplanet hunting?

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 10:57 on 13 March 2014

CCD cameras: Are they one of the keys to amateur exoplanet hunting? A fascinating article from Ars Technica reports on a recent flood of exoplanet discoveries courtesy of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.  The Kepler, which wa

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Amateur Astronomers are getting assistance from the IDA

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 10:40 on 27 February 2014

Amateur astronomers are getting assistance from the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The IDA, a nonprofit organisation based in Tscon AZ. USA, works to protect nighttime environment. They designate "Dark Sky Places" or areas with string

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