Illustration courtesy LIGO/A. SIMONNET
Black hole illustration (LIGO/Aurore Simonnet)

November/December 2016 Issue

The 2016 Gear Issue: buying tips for scopes, the Meade mini-dob, Moon gear, online resources and more.

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Gravity’s Telescope

After a spectacular debut, the world’s first gravitational-wave detector is ready to become part of astronomy’s basic tool kit. Ivan Semeniuk

Product Review: A Mini Dob From Meade

We test a couple of tabletop telescopes in the LightBridge Series. Ken Hewitt-White

10 Tips For Choosing Your First Telescope

Expert advice to help you focus on what’s really important. Gary Seronik

Eta Carinae From Canada

Thanks to the Internet, you can use a dream telescope at a dream location without leaving home. Shawn Nielsen

Exploring the Night Sky: Evening Stars and a Supermoon

Venus shines brightly during dusk, while Jupiter reappears at dawn. Alan Dyer

Editor’s Report: My Friend Luna

A telescope can be so much more than just a piece of gear. Gary Seronik

Capturing the Universe: Stop the World . . . I Want To Take a Photo!

A lightweight tracking mount counteracts the Earth’s rotation and opens up a universe of photographic possibilities. Tony Puerzer

Scoping The Sky: East of Mirfak

Try veering off the beaten track in Perseus. Ken Hewitt-White

On the Moon: Essential (Or At Least Useful) Moon Gear

A few accessories can help your telescope deliver its best lunar views. Gary Seronik

Cosmic Musings: What is a Habitable Planet?

The Earth’s ‘sister’ world could have supported life in its distant past. Terence Dickinson

Constellation Corner: Aries

The zodiac’s second smallest constellation was the central character in a story that created the Golden Fleece. Ken Hewitt-White

And much more!