The Calgary Centre of the RASC has produced 3 great articles about the purchasing equipment for the purpose of looking at the stars. These tips are great for the beginner as they explain the different types of telescopes and binoculars and what to look for, as well as an article about what you can (and can’t) expect to see when you peer into the heavens with your new scope. Check out these articles for a lot of great information! Choosing and Using Binoculars in Astronomy Choosing and Using a Telescope What Will Your New Telescope Show You?
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- Feather Touch 3.5-inch Dual Speed Focuser November 30, 2015This rack-and-pinion focuser adds additional stability and precision to the legendary Takahashi FSQ-106ED astrograph. The post Feather Touch 3.5-inch Dual Speed Focuser appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- Tour December’s Sky: Planets and Meteors November 27, 2015This month offers great variety in the night sky: planets (and a comet!) before dawn, a strong meteor shower, and a parade of bright stars after sunset. The post Tour December’s Sky: Planets and Meteors appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- Feather Touch 3.5-inch Dual Speed Focuser November 30, 2015
- Enceladus, the Jet-Powered Water World December 1, 2015I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing pictures of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, with those captivating water jets and plumes at its South Pole. And this new images from the Cassini mission is just stunning – and intriguing. Carolyn Porco, the Cassini imaging team lead described the image on Twitter: “Be moved by crescent Enceladus […]Nancy Atkinson
- Orion Gets Beefed Up, Silver-Metallic Thermal Protection Coating for Next Flight on EM-1 November 30, 2015In the wake of NASA’s supremely successful inaugural test flight of the Orion deep space capsule on the EFT-1 mission in Dec. 2014, NASA is beefing up the critical thermal protection system (TPS) that will protect astronauts from the searing heats experienced during reentry as the human rated vehicle plunges through the Earth’s atmosphere after […]Ken Kremer
- Astronomy Cast Ep. 395: The Standard Model – Baryons and Beyond November 30, 2015In the last few episodes, we’ve been talking about the standard model of physics, explaining what everything is made up of. But the reality is that we probably don’t know a fraction of how everything is put together. This week we’re going to talk about baryons, the particles made up of quarks. The most famous […]Fraser Cain
- Earth May Be “Hairy” with Dark Matter November 27, 2015I’m losing mine, but the Solar System may be way hairier than we ever thought, with thick crops of filamentary dark matter streaming through Earth’s core and back out again even as you read this. (...)Read the rest of Earth May Be “Hairy” with Dark Matter (823 words) © Bob King for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | […]Bob King
- First Mirror Installed on NASA’s Webb Telescope, Final Assembly Phase Starts November 26, 2015After years of construction, the first of 18 primary flight mirrors has been installed onto NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, signifying the start of the final assembly phase for the mammoth observatory that will eventually become the most powerful telescope ever sent to space. […]Ken Kremer
- Enceladus, the Jet-Powered Water World December 1, 2015