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Episode 9: Mounts Part 2, AstroTrac Interviewed

October 6th, 2012 | Posted by dwoods in Podcast - (1 Comments)

Mike and Dave finish off their chat about mounts and then Dave travels to Yate (or Posh Farnborough) and interviews Richard Taylor CEO of AstroTrac… Ā It’s another packed show, full of astro gear banter drenched in an unhealthy* quantity of Diet Cola, with an umbrella…

Links below to the stuff we chat about. Enjoy. šŸ™‚

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Mounts Discussion/Debate/Interview:
AstroTrac TT320x_AG

Vixen Polarie (Vixen UK)

 

*Oh, and the bacon thing? It’s just Mike’s way of helping Dave out with his diet!

Dave interviews Richard Taylor, inventor and CEO of AstroTrac at their factory in Yate… This is the full interview and you discover that this company has been beavering away on new stuff. Shiny it is.

Links below to the stuff we chat about. Enjoy. šŸ™‚

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Mounts Discussion/Debate/Interview:
AstroTrac TT320x_AG

 

Extra Time for October 2012 – Part 1

September 29th, 2012 | Posted by dwoods in ExtraTime - (0 Comments)

This 5 minute astronomy news podcast for 2020 Astro is for the 1st – 15th Oct 2012

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Extra Time Show Links!
South Downs Planetarium, Sussex
World Space Week 4-10 Oct 2012
Red Bull Stratos
INTECH Planetarium
Peter Harrison Planetarium – Ā Royal Observatory Greenwich
Mars Curiosity (NASA)
Dawn Spacecraft (NASA)
Norman Lockyer Imaging Course – 13 Oct
HantsAstro Classes @Petersfield, Hants
North Essex Astro-Society – StarFest IIĀ 

Episode 8: Webcam, DSLR or CCD for imaging?

September 20th, 2012 | Posted by dwoods in Podcast - (0 Comments)

In this episode Mike and Dave discuss webcams, cameras and CCDs. Dave says DLSR (and that’s after a pint of Cola) a lot and almost chokes on air while Mike offends Saudi Arabia. We review the software products Backyard EOS and Firecapture and discuss using binoculars for astronomy. Links below to the stuff we chat about. Enjoy. šŸ™‚

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Imaging Discussion/Debate/Fisticuffs:
CanonEOS
Nikon Cameras
Webcam (Philips SPC880 – Morgan Computers)
CCD Imaging ideas (Ian King Imaging)
Binoculars (Viewpoint Optics)

 

Reviews:

BackyardEOS (website)
FireCapture (website)

 

2020 Astro Extra Time – September Part 1

August 31st, 2012 | Posted by dwoods in ExtraTime - (0 Comments)

This 5 minute astronomy news podcast for 2020 Astro is for the 1st – 15th September 2012

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2020 Astro Extra Time (via Skype) – Neil Armstrong

August 26th, 2012 | Posted by dwoods in ExtraTime - (0 Comments)

This is a podcast about Astronaut Neil Armstrong, and his passing on 25th August 2012, aged 82. We discuss the man, Apollo and what has happened since then to manned space missions to other places, and why we need to go back.

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Excellent Four Part interview of Neil Armstrong by CPA Australia, hosted by Alex Malley.
http://thebottomline.cpaaustralia.com.au/

In the Shadow of the Moon DVD (Amazon UK)

This episode is a shoot out between the Skywatcher Explorer 150P vs the Skywatcher SkyMax 102 Maksutov, and some alternatives. Plus, Mike goes on a bit again about Astrophotography, probably because he’s better than Dave at it… and Dave reveals his font of knowledge is actually based on one really cool book. Hope you like it! Let us know what you think, please e-mail: podcast@2020astro.com

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Other telescope review links:
HantsAstro Reviews area

Skywatcher SkyMax102
Skywatcher SkyMax127
Skywatcher Explorer 150P
Skywatcher Explorer 200P
Skywatcher Explorer 130P

Optrons/Seben 150/1400 Newt’ Ā Great if you like cake! šŸ™‚

Skywatcher EQ3-2 Mount
Skywatcher EQ5 Mount

Canon DSLR Camera reviews (DPReview)

Reviews:

Book Review:
Astronomy Hacks O’Reilly Media – (Amazon UK)

 

2020 Astro Extra Time – August 2012 – Part 2

August 15th, 2012 | Posted by dwoods in ExtraTime - (0 Comments)

This 5 minute astronomy news podcast for 2020 Astro is for the 15th – 31st August 2012

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Episode 5 – Choosing the right telescope

August 9th, 2012 | Posted by dwoods in Podcast - (0 Comments)

This Episode is a long term view of the William Optics Megrez 72FD Apochromatic refractor as a complete do-it-all package. A must-listen section on choosing the the right telescope for your kind of astronomy, plus two quick-fire App reviews on tracking ISS and Iridium flares. Hope you like it! Let us know what you think, please e-mail: podcast@2020astro.com

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Other Telescope review links:
HantsAstro Reviews area

Cloudy Nights
Stargazerslounge

Reviews:

Apps Review:
ISS Visibility (iTunes Ā£1.49) Ā  ISS Detector (Android-Google Play Free)
Iridium Flares (iTunes Ā£1.49) Ā  Iridium Flares Pro (Android-Google Play Ā£0.89)

 

2020 Astro Extra Time – August 2012 – Part 1

August 1st, 2012 | Posted by dwoods in ExtraTime - (0 Comments)

This 5 minute astronomy news podcast for 2020 Astro is for the 1st – 14th August 2012

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