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Review: iOptron’s SkyTracker Ultraportable Camera Mount

Compact and practical tracking platforms upgrade your DSLR’s astro-potential without the need for a telescope mount — or a telescope. We test the latest entry.

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The Comet ISON Saga

From Comet of the Century to Zombie Comet to fade to black.

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Photo of the Week Contest Winners: 2013

For our 11th annual photo contest, the SkyNews editors have selected these outstanding celestial images.

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The Comet Kohoutek Fiasco

Predicting the brightness of incoming comets has always been fraught with uncertainty.

Telescope Glossary

Can’t tell a Maksutov from a Newtonian? In the dark about the difference between resolution and focal ratio?  This  glossary of optical terminology will help.

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Tips for First-Telescope Buyers

By the time you’re ready to buy your second telescope, you’ll likely know what you want. But that first purchase is often a shot in the dark.

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Binoculars: An Essential Tool for Backyard Astronomers

The capabilities of binoculars as astronomical instruments are often underrated by backyard astronomers, especially beginners.

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Clear nights and astronomy in the Atacama

Who would want to come here, where nothing can survive for long without water trucked in from afar? Astronomers, that’s who.

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A Starry Romp

Have you ever wondered if the stars you see tonight are the same ones you saw last night? Or last summer? Or ten summers before that?

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