Just heard from Amazon that they've dropped the price of the From The Earth To The Moon DVD set to $24.99. Most people will have seen this or own it by now but in case you're not familiar with it, it was the Tom Hanks/HBO series, made in 1998, that depicted how NASA and its various personalities, especially the astronauts, …

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I got the news that Neil Armstrong had died late on Saturday night (around midnight) [Aug. 25th, 2012]. I didn't see much coverage of his death on the TV news though I might have missed it. I was told that Sky News in the UK did a 10-minute segment on Armstrong looking at his life and achievements.


Astronaut Neil Young …

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Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson was on Bill Maher's show a little over a week ago, and he had something to say about plans to slash NASA's budget, including doing away with the James Webb Space Telescope. He seems to have struck a chord with the audience given their reaction. Here's some of what he had to say:

First of all,

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Great news about SETI - the SETI Institute which was shut down in April will start operations again soon. The news comes from Alan Boyle’s Cosmic Log blog.


The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is a "Large Number of Small Dishes" (LNSD) array designed to be highly effective for “commensal” (simultaneous) surveys of conventional radio astronomy projects and SETI (search …

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The Sky This Month page has been updated with this months videos, Moon and Jupiter information and news about this month's Total Lunar Eclipse.…

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The Astronomy Podcasts page stopped working a while back but I was only recently alerted to it. It's up and running again now.

Some of the Podcast sub-pages were also not working and these have been fixed too.

It was down to a couple of bad plugins on the site.

If you should come across any other posts or pages …

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I'm recently back from vacation down in Tenerife:

I didn't get any astronomy done aside from a quick look at the stars on the clear nights. I was too knackered from all the hiking and walking we did each day to do anything in the evenings!

See that mountain in the photo above. That's Mt. Teide, a dormant volcano and …

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Light pollution is the bane of amateur astronomers everywhere. The Globe at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by encouraging everyone everywhere to measure local levels of night sky brightness and contribute observations online to a world map. So here's your opportunity to give them your help!

It's pretty …

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A few weeks back, I did a test run with the LVI Smartguider. I mounted the LVI in the eyepiece holder of the 80mm refractor that I'm using a guide scope. This is mounted on my Vixen 8" reflector and the whole setup is driven by an EQ6 mount.

I attached my Canon 350D to the Vixen 8" (200mm) …

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It took 4 days for the LVI Smartguider to make its way from Germany to me in Ireland (it arrived on Apr. 29, 2010). All the components are packed into a carry-case that's not much bigger than an A5 sheet of paper. Here's what's in the box:

As luck would have it, the weather has turned bad and it'll be …

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