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. :)

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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 –  Royal Observatory Greenwich
Mars Curiosity (NASA)
Dawn Spacecraft (NASA)
Norman Lockyer Imaging Course – 13 Oct
HantsAstro Classes @Petersfield, Hants
North Essex Astro-Society – StarFest II 

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. :)

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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)

 

Extra Time for September, 2012 – Part 2

September 14th, 2012 | Posted by mwilson in ExtraTime - (0 Comments)

This 5 minute astronomy news podcast for 2020 Astro is for the 15th – 30th September 2012

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In this longer-than-usual episode we discuss choosing mounts for imaging (astro photography) as well as a guide to eyepieces and give our recommendations on what we think works best. Dave reviews Ninian Boyle’s debut book, “In the Lion’s Paw”. Dave also gets a brolly in his drink. Again.

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Mounts:
Skywatcher EQ3-2 SynScan
Skywatcher HEQ5
Skywatcher NEQ6

Losmandy GM8
Paramount ME

Eyepieces:
Celestron Plossl eyepiece set 
Revelation Plossl eyepiece set (FLO)

Reviews:

Book Review:
In the Lion’s Paw (Paperback but also available cheaply on the Kindle!) – (Amazon UK)

 

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

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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’  Great if you like cake! :)

Skywatcher EQ3-2 Mount
Skywatcher EQ5 Mount

Canon DSLR Camera reviews (DPReview)

Reviews:

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

 

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

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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 £1.49)   ISS Detector (Android-Google Play Free)
Iridium Flares (iTunes £1.49)   Iridium Flares Pro (Android-Google Play £0.89)