The convent, taken with a DSLR (colour camera)

This is part 3 of my series on astrophotography with filters. Last time I explained how the human eye sees in colour, using three different types of cone cells. We […]

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NGC 6188 - the Fighting Dragons of Ara. Photo taken in hydrogen alpha light.

This is part 2 of a series of blogs about filters and narrowband astrophotography. Bill explains how filters work, why you might use different filters and what a photo taken […]

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A Meade Cassegrain on an NEQ6

This is part 1 of a series of blogs about narrowband photography. In this introduction part, Bill talks about how – and why – he moved from taking astrophotographs with […]

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Sigma Octans from the Southern Cross plus a few signposts

This guide is suitable for all telescope owners of Synta computerised go-to EQ mounts, such as Sky-Watcher and saxon. In a previous blog, I explained how to polar align a […]

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Synscan handbox

Part two of the Celestron NexStar series. This guide is intended to help first time users and those who are experiencing difficulty with the Celestron SkyPortal (previously known as Celestron SkyQLink) […]

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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8

Jump Straight to the Verdict The Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8 Computerised Telescope The Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Computerised Cassegrain telescope is a large Schmidt Cassegrain. It’s got a gaping 203.2mm (8″ […]

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Have you seen the International Space Station?

The International Space Station (ISS) regularly flies over Melbourne (and all parts of Australia). It appears like a bright dot, travelling quietly and without any flashes and can take more […]

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Adjustment knobs on the red-dot finderscope

This blog shows you two different types of finderscopes. It describes what a finderscope is, how it’s useful, how it attaches to your main scope. Not all new astronomers know […]

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Starting out in astrophotography - what sort of scope?

The awful choice in astrophotography For astrophotography, some things in the sky, like nebulas, are surprisingly large but incredibly dim. These need telescopes with lots of light gathering ability but low […]

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See the mysterious Lunar X

The Lunar X is a relatively-unknown feature that comes and goes on the surface of the Moon. It’s visible for about an hour each month when light from the Sun […]

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