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All You Need to Know for Sunday's Total Lunar Eclipse

The total lunar eclipse of January 2019 promises to be a spectacle for those under clear skies in the zones of totality.

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MallinCam's Live View Camera

MallinCam unveils its newest addition to the SkyRaider Video Camera series, the SkyRaider DS10c ($929.99).

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Celestron's 8-Inch Astrograph

Celestron announces the newest addition to its line of ultra-fast astrographs. The 8-inch Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph ($1,699) is an f/2 optic designed exclusively for deep-sky imaging.

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Get Ready to Greet the Geminid Meteors

Don’t miss one of the best meteor showers of the year. Catch the Geminid meteors as they peak on December 13th and 14th.

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Adam Block Studios' Processing Lessons

Adam Block Studios now offers streaming video tutorials that teach astrophotographers how to use the popular image-processing software PixInsight via comprehensive and in-depth lessons. PixInsight Fundamentals ($180) is an in-depth primer of the core functionality of the powerful software package, while PixInsight Horizons ($250) discusses many advanced techniques to help you get the most out of your image data.

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: The Extraterrestrial Next Door

Researchers discuss new signs of chemistry favorable to life at Mars, Europa, and Enceladus — plus how to probe for its presence with interplanetary missions.

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Hubble Optics' UL24 Dobsonian

Hubble Optics, known for manufacturing high-quality Newtonian reflector optics, now offers the UL24, a 24-inch f/3.3 ultra-light Dobsonian ($9,500), a Newtonian reflector built for travel.

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Primer of the Southern Skies

Author (and former S&T editor) Stephen James O’Meara rolls out his latest ebook Diamonds in the Sky: Discover the Stars Over Botswana ($5.98). This introductory field guide to exploring the night skies is geared towards, though not limited to, anyone considering a trip to the exceedingly dark southern skies of Botswana.

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NexYZ: Celestron's New Smartphone Adapter

Celestron announces the NexYZ 3-Axis Universal Smartphone Adapter ($59.95) which allows you to use most any smartphone camera to capture the brighter solar system objects and even some deep-sky targets.

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Stellarvue's New Wide-Field EP

Stellarvue's expansion of its Optimus line of 100° eyepieces introduces a new 13.5-mm Optimus 1¼-inch eyepiece ($349) that fills the void between 9 and 20 mm offerings.

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: Astrochemistry and the Origin of Life

From serendipitous camping trips to forging international consensus on big-budget observatories, the 2018 Kavli Prize laureate discusses her personal and professional journey into the field of astrochemistry.

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Rogelio Bernal Andreo's Nightscape Tutorials

Author and elite astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo releases his latest book Notes from the Stars: Ten nightscape master classes by ten world-class night photographers ($50).

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Tele Vue Optics Bandmate Filters

Tele Vue Optics teams up with filter manufacturer Astronomik to revamp its series of nebula filters for deep-sky observing. The Tele Vue Bandmate Type 2 Filters are offered in three select passbands and are offered in ¼-inch (starting at $100) and 2-inch format ($200 and up).

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Southern Stars' Satellite Spotter

Southern Stars now offers an updated app for satellite observers using Apple devices. Formerly known as Satellite Safari, Orbitrack ($4.99) includes a host of new features to track the orbital path of more than 3,500 satellites.

Perseids orbit path Aug 12-13

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"Great Show" Predicted for Perseid Meteor Peak on August 12–13

Sky & Telescope magazine predicts that the Perseid shower will be at its peak late on Sunday night, August 12th, and early morning on the 13th.

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Celestron's Ultimate Astrograph

Celestron announces its flagship astrograph, the 36 cm Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph ($12,995). This 14-inch, f/2.2 optical system is designed to record pinpoint stars across a 60-mm image circle.

Mars + Moon on July 25-28 2018

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Mars Passes Closest to Earth Since 2003 on July 31st

Early on July 31st, the planet Mars will be closer to Earth than at any time in the past 15 years. It's bright and unmistakable in the southwestern sky after evening twilight.

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Willmann-Bell's New Observing Guide

Willmann-Bell releases The Night Sky Observer’s Guide Volume 4: The Glories of the Milky Way to -54° by George Robert Kepple ($34.95).

Venus & Moon at 10pm PDT

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Crescent Moon & Venus Pair Closely on Sunday, July 15th

The night sky's two brightest object — the Moon and Venus — will appear dramatically close together after sunset on Sunday, July 15th.

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SkySafari 6

One of the most popular planetarium apps for Apple devices gets a big update. SkySafari 6 (starting at $2.99) once again expands the usefulness of this popular app.

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