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Quantum mechanics and the design of the universe

Monday, June 17, 2024 by

Is there a purpose to the existence of people, or are human beings just a fortunate, accidental outcome of a very lucky sequence of events? "For the secular materialist, we are all made of stardust and here by chance and chance alone, with no particular purpose. When we die, we will turn back into the stardust from whence we came, with no afterlife and no accoun...


T Coronae Borealis set to brighten the night sky in 2024

Monday, June 17, 2024 by

This year, keep a lookout for T Coronae Borealis (T CrB), a recurrent nova set to dazzle astronomers by brightening from invisibility to naked-eye visibility. T CrB, a star not seen without a telescope since the 1940s will soon grace our night sky with a fleeting yet spectacular appearance. This celestial event is caused by an outburst, or nova, from the star system ...


Daytime astrophotography from Macquarie Huntsman Telescope

Monday, June 17, 2024 by

Researchers at Macquarie University have developed a method for observing celestial bodies during daylight, enabling 24/7 satellite monitoring and significantly boosting Earth and space safety. This approach utilizes the Huntsman Telescope at the university, an array of ten camera lenses operating simultaneously, originally intended for highly sensitive night sky obs...


Jammed door on XRISM telescope blocks low-energy X-ray observation

Saturday, June 15, 2024 by

Astronomers were thrilled at the prospect of uncovering new insights into the universe's formation and dark matter through the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM), a collaborative project between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA. The telescope, launched successfully in September 2023, encountered an unexpected problem: one of the ...


Comet Tsuchinshan-ATLAS to become visible to the naked eye soon

Saturday, June 15, 2024 by

The universe has another treat in store for 2024. Following the recent total solar eclipse and sudden solar superstorms, astronomers are now turning their attention to Comet Tsuchinshan-ATLAS (C/2023 A3), which promises to become the “comet of the year” and potentially a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. Comet Tsuchinshan-ATLAS, discovered in February 2023 by...


Milky Way-like galaxies discovered by Mizzou scientists

Friday, June 14, 2024 by

Vicki Kuhn, a graduate student in the University of Missouri's Department of Physics and Astronomy, spearheaded the recent study exploring the early universe. Kuhn's interest in astronomy ignited during her high school years. Researchers at the University of Missouri are delving into the past, unveiling new insights about the early universe. By observing ligh...


Long focal length APO telescope from Altair released

Thursday, June 13, 2024 by

The Altair 101 ED APO has a new long focal length ED doublet objective design with complete freedom from color aberrations. This is a telescope with premium optics for serious visual astronomy at a good price. it is very well suited for visual observation where sharpness and contrast are important. A long focal length refractor is easy to foc...


Stellar Dreams program gifting 100 telescopes

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 by

An illuminating new program, Stellar Dreams, has stargazers and science educators aglow with inspiration. Run by the nonprofit organization The Science Haven, it aims to spur interest in STEM among underrepresented and underprivileged families by gifting 100 telescopes. Founded by molecular biologist Raven Baxter, The Science Haven promotes science accessibility and inc...


Reflecting on the past: The history of the Coulter Odyssey Compact 10

Monday, June 10, 2024 by

The Coulter Odyssey Compact 10.1" f/4.5 Dobsonian Telescope is a beloved classic among amateur astronomers. Known for its solid build and reliable performance, this telescope has remained a favorite for those who appreciate straightforward and effective observing tools. Made by Coulter Optical, the Odyssey Compact 10.1" features a 10.1-inch primary mirror w...


New electronic focuser option for Celestron and Meade SCTs arrive

Saturday, June 8, 2024 by

The WiFi-nFOCUS from Rigel Systems is a computerized motor focusing system designed for Celestron and Meade SCT telescopes. It can be operated from PCs, tablets, and smartphones using WiFi and is fully ASCOM compliant, ensuring compatibility with popular focus control programs. The system includes a temperature compensation feature with a dedicated sensor. Measuring ...


New collimator for reflecting telescopes from APM Telescopes

Thursday, June 6, 2024 by

APM Telescopes has launched the OCAL V3.0 Collimator, the OCAL V3.0 offers real-time adjustments and precise alignment capabilities. The OCAL V3.0's user-friendly interface makes collimation simple. The device is compact and lightweight, making it easy to transport and set up in various observing locations. OCAL V3.0 Max Collimator: The new&nb...


The problem with astrophotography

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 by

In a recent presentation, Bray Falls explores the significant challenges faced by astrophotographers in consistently accessing dark and clear skies, which are essential for producing high-quality images. The discussion highlights that dark skies are not easily accessible to everyone due to the high cost associated with owning or renting a property that provides suitable...


King Charles III accepts patronage of RAS

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 by

In a recent announcement, it was revealed that King Charles III has accepted the patronage of the Royal Astronomical Society, continuing an unbroken tradition that spans almost 200 years. The reigning monarch's patronage of the Society dates back to the Royal Charter signed by King William IV on March 7, 1831. Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away in September 2022, h...


About the EQUINOX 2 smart telescope from UNISTELLAR

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 by

The EQUINOX 2 smart telescope from Unistellar offers a host of innovative features and technologies for an easier observational experience, perfect for those who don't prioritize eyepiece observation. You can observe celestial objects directly through your mobile device or tablet using the free iOS and Android app. It includes manual focus and collimation for p...


MSRAL 2024 conference hosted by Omaha Astronomical Society

Saturday, June 1, 2024 by

The Mid-States Regional Astronomical League (MSRAL) Conference for 2024 is set to be an exciting event hosted by the Omaha Astronomical Society. The conference will take place at the scenic Eugene T Mahoney State Park, located near Ashland, Nebraska, just off Interstate 80 exit 426. A permit is required to enter Mahoney State Park. Non-residents of Nebraska will be l...


Enchanted Skies Star Party 2024

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 by

The Enchanted Skies Star Party (ESSP) 2024 is set to run from Thursday to Sunday, October 3-6, marking a significant milestone in its 31-year history. Originally launched in 1994 by staff from New Mexico Tech and NRAO's VLA, ESSP will, for the first time, be held at the Montosa Ranch Campground. This new location, situated just eight miles from the VLA center, offer...


Low cost telescope SVBONY SV48P review

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 by

The SVBONY SV48P 90mm F5.5 Refractor Telescope is currently priced at $229.99, down from its list price of $339.99, this telescope is designed to meet the needs of both novice and experienced astronomers. The SV48P is particularly well-suited for deep sky astrophotography and visual astronomy, boasting outstanding optics and high-quality mechanical components. Low co...


Southern Maine Astronomers 2024 event schedule

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 by

For those living in or visiting Maine, Southern Maine Astronomers (SMA) have unveiled their highly anticipated 2024 Star Party schedule. These events welcome everyone, from beginners to seasoned astronomers. The SMA website also features schedules and information about astronomy events across Maine, including those held in recognized Dark Sky Sanctuaries, offering excep...


ALCon 2024 speakers, venue, and address

Monday, May 27, 2024 by

The Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary by hosting the Astronomical League Convention (ALCon 2024) from July 17 to July 20. The event will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Overland Park, Kansas. ALCon 2024: Stars and All That Jazz ALCon 2024, themed "Stars and All That Jazz," will feature a variety of ...


Astronomy camera sleeves launch from AstroCase

Monday, May 27, 2024 by

AstroCase, a new line of cases designed specifically for astrophotography cameras, has launched. This case/covering product was inspired by a mishap a few months ago when a guide camera fell and broke during the founder's adjustment session in the field. This unfortunate incident spurred the creation of AstroCase, which is aimed at preventing such accidents and offe...


Oregon Star Party 2024 registration opens

Saturday, May 25, 2024 by

The Oregon Star Party (OSP) is seeking speakers for its upcoming summer event. Enthusiasts and experts in astronomy are invited to share their knowledge and passion with attendees. Speakers will receive free registration, a savings of $100 on early registration or $200 for on-site registration. Interested individuals should email their first and last name, a brief biogr...


Star Stuff 2024 speaker lineup

Saturday, May 25, 2024 by

Star Stuff III, Australia’s premier gathering of astronomers and space enthusiasts, returns on July 6, 2024. Held at the stunning Elements of Byron Resort in Byron Bay, this event features a full day of captivating presentations by leading minds in space and astronomy, followed by an exclusive gala dinner. Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the cosm...


Pennyrile StarGaze 2024

Friday, May 24, 2024 by

If you're looking for a unique and engaging outdoor activity, consider attending the Pennyrile Stargaze, a star party set against the picturesque backdrop of Pennyrile State Park. This informal gathering will be held from September 28th to October 6th, and best of all, there is no attendance fee. Located about 2 miles from the State Park campground, the star...


Smart telescopes tested during eclipse results are in!

Thursday, May 23, 2024 by

Astronomy enthusiasts Sarah, Dalia, and Nico shared their firsthand experiences using smart telescopes during the recent solar eclipse in April 2024. In a video hosted by the popular channel "Nebula Photos," they provided reviews of the Seestar and Dwarf smart telescopes, showcasing how well each device performs under extraordinary conditions like a solar ecli...


Telescope cable management solved with PrimaLuceLab GHOST mode

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 by

At the 2024 Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) held in the United States, PrimaLuceLab representatives Filippo and Tom showcased their latest advancements in astrophotography technology, focusing on the innovative GHOST mode. This cutting-edge feature offers Wi-Fi connectivity, effectively replacing all USB cabling for PrimaLuceLab devices and significantly simplifying th...


Sky-Watcher EQ AL55i pro mount

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 by

Sky-Watcher has unveiled the EQ-AL55i PRO mount, a new Go-To astronomy mount. This compact and versatile mount boasts a dual-position counterweight bar, making it adaptable for use at all latitudes from 0° to 90°. It is an ideal choice for astronomers living in or traveling to areas with extreme latitudes, which are often beyond the capability of conventional mo...


Sky-Watcher Quattro 300P telescope captures the M51 Whirlpool galaxy

Friday, May 17, 2024 by

Imaging Newtonians are absolute rock stars when it comes to capturing galaxies, particularly stunning specimens like M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy. Let me break down why these telescopes are such a hit in the galaxy-capturing world and sprinkle in some humor to keep things entertaining. Plus, I'll share why I still cherish using my large refractors and my trusty 12"...


New Milford Observatory unveils advanced 17-inch PlaneWave telescope

Friday, May 17, 2024 by

The John J. McCarthy Observatory in New Milford has recently upgraded its capabilities with the acquisition of a state-of-the-art PlaneWave telescope, thanks to the generous contributions of donors and the local community. The observatory's original 16" Meade LX200 telescope, installed in the summer of 2000, and costing $15,000, was recently upgraded to a cu...


Removing star spikes with Cuiv the Lazy Geek

Thursday, May 16, 2024 by

Star spikes, also known as diffraction spikes, are lines radiating from bright stars in images taken with Newtonian telescopes. They occur because of diffraction of light around the secondary mirror's support vanes, also known as the spider vanes. Refracting telescopes, which lack any central obstruction, do not suffer from star spikes and generally offer higher ...


Sky Watcher CQ350 Pro mount and tripod combo

Thursday, May 16, 2024 by

The Sky-Watcher CQ350 Pro is an observatory-class equatorial GoTo mount designed with an impressive 77-pound payload capacity, it supports large optical tube assemblies (OTAs) along with guiders, cameras, and filters. Key features include built-in USB PC control for seamless operation, belt drives for minimal backlash and reduced periodic error, and whisper-quiet steppe...


ZWO AM3 unboxing and comparison to AM5

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 by

Harmonic drive mounts are all the rage these days, as they make an excellent choice for astrophotography and observational astronomy due to their precise and reliable performance, plus their portability, mostly due to lack of a counterweight. The AM3 mount from ZWO is no exception and definitely rings a bell with astrophotographers wanting to "drop and go&q...


Gaia BH3 black hole discovered by Pasquale Panuzzo

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 by

Astronomers have recently identified a dormant black hole, named Gaia BH3, which has been recognized as the largest ever found in the Milky Way. Situated 1,926 light-years away in the constellation Aquila, this black hole does not seem to be disrupting its companion star, unlike more active black holes. The discovery was made by Pasquale Panuzzo and his colleagues at...


Worlds highest telescope TAO looks up for the first time

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 by

Japan recently inaugurated the University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory (TAO), situated atop Cerro Chajnantor in northern Chile's Atacama desert at an elevation of 18,504 feet (5,640 meters). Achieving its "first light" this week, TAO is a 6.5-meter aperture telescope funded in part by the Japanese government, designed to observe infrared light. It is uniqu...


EM31 Pro harmonic equatorial mount from EmCanAstro

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 by

EmCanAstro launched the EM31 Pro mount with advanced upgrades to their original 2021 model. The EM31 Pro was designed to meet the specific needs of amateur astronomers and astrophotographers, featuring enhanced stability, ease of use, and precise tracking capabilities. This new model simplifies complex setups and alignments that typically challenge enthus...


Adirondack Astronomy Retreat registration opens for 2024

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 by

The New Jersey Astronomy Group, in partnership with the College Auxiliary Services at SUNY Plattsburgh, announces the opening of registration for the 2024 David H. Levy Adirondack Astronomy Retreat. The event will take place at the Twin Valleys Outdoor Education Center in Lewis, New York. David H Levy Adirondack Astronomy Retreat registration & event details...

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