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This 360 degree panorama takes in the entire spring sky, with south at the bottom, and west to the right. The Milky Way appears low across the Northern Horizon at the top, coinciding with the arc of an aurora this night in April 2022. (Alan Dyer) | SkyNews
Take a binocular tour through the spring sky

Alan Dyer concluded his quartet of seasonal tours of “Top 10 Targets” for binoculars with a wander through the spring sky.

A simple EAA set-up includes a small 66mm f/6 refractor, a colour ASI385MC camera, and a focal reducer and UV-IR blocking filter threaded onto the camera nosepiece (not shown). (Brian Ventrudo) | SkyNews
Getting started with Electronically-Assisted Astronomy

EAA involves capturing and stacking (or averaging) images from a camera to create a pleasing ‘snapshot’ in just a few seconds or minutes.

(DECaPS2/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/E. Slawik Image processing: M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)) | SkyNews
Why the Milky Way survey matters

Observing the galactic plane is the best way for astronomers to understand the Milky Way.

The imaged involved four hours of total exposure time on a nebulous region in the constellation Cygnus. (Render Yoder/Unsplash) | SkyNews
Astrophotography for beginners

A big focus among people starting out in astronomy is the ability to photograph the night sky.

The longer focal length of the Géar115 is useful for imaging smaller targets like the galaxy Messier 33 in Triangulum. This was with the 1x Adjustable Field Flattener at f/7 with a Canon R5 camera. (Alan Dyer) | SkyNews
Testing the StarField Géar115

The Canadian company StarField Optics has expanded its Géar line with a new refractor offering the unique aperture of 115mm.

Paul Dopson's Pacman Nebula - in review. (Paul Dobson) | SkyNews
Astrophoto review: Paul Dopson’s Pacman Nebula

In this column, we are going to look at the challenges that Paul Dopson had to overcome to produce his image of NGC 281: the Pacman Nebula.

Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic. (Emir Chouchane/Université de Montréal) | SkyNews
All eyes on Quebec’s 45 year-old observatory

The Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM), which houses a Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, was opened in 1978.

Lunar libration reveals elusive oceans on Feb. 25, 2023 at 7 p.m. (Chris Vaughan) | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: February 20-28

On Saturday, February 25, libration will shift Mare Crisium farther from the Moon’s edge. On the same evening, look closely for two dark patches positioned between Mare Crisium and the Moon’s edge.