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The Actual Astronomy Podcast

31
Dec 2020

#79 - Objects to Observe in January 2021

Find out what you can observe in our solar system during January. One of the highlights is a close grouping of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury.

28
Dec 2020

#78 - Final Conjunction Observations and Looking Towards 2021

Chris and Shane discuss their final observations of the Great Conjunction and what gear purchases they are thinking about in 2021.

24
Dec 2020

#77 - Your Guide to Observing Double Stars

Observing double stars can be extremely rewarding. Chris and Shane discuss what you need to know to start observing double stars.

21
Dec 2020

#76 - Almost Great Conjunction Observations

Chris and Shane compare their observations of Jupiter and Saturn as the two planets approach conjunction. The tonal colour differences surprise Chris and Shane. 

 

17
Dec 2020

#75 - The Great Jupiter & Saturn Conjunction

On December, 21st Jupiter and Saturn will be 1/10th of 1 degree apart! This is closest that they will appear in the sky in the telescope and won’t be close than 1 degree until 2080. However, do not wait for December 21st! You should start observing them now because they are very close. More details in this episode.

14
Dec 2020

#74 - Light Pollution Filters & A Book Give Away

Chris and Shane discuss the merits of using filters that claim to help with light pollution and find out how you can win a brand new copy of the RASC 2021 Observers Handbook.

10
Dec 2020

#73 - A Beautiful Open Cluster Tour

Chris and Shane discuss a wonderful open cluster tour that goes through Taurus and Perseus. You can do this tour with binoculars or a telescope...if you have very dark skies, then all you need are your eyes!

7
Dec 2020

#72 - Find Out What is Possible with a Celestron 76mm Firstscope

A longtime listener, Phil, joins Chris and Shane in this episode. Phil shares his experiences with a Celestron Firstscope that he transformed into a Supermod 76!

3
Dec 2020

#71 - A Frankenscope and Observing Colour on the Moon

Shane shares how he cobbled together a telescope from a bunch of spare parts and discusses an interesting observation of colour on the Moon. 

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