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Focus: Imaging the Sun, Moon and Stars


Nik Szymanek introduces all the ways by which you can capture great images of the Moon, from the most sophisticated CCDs to the most simple mobile phone cameras.


Besides the Moon, the stars are the most noticeable feature of the night sky and yet we rarely take the time to image them. Greg Parker challenges you to take up the task of producing beautiful star images.


Sheri Lynn Karl describes the process by which she captures exquisite images of our nearest star, the Sun.



BAA Comet Section Director Jonathan Shanklin gives you the expert lowdown of what to expect from Comet ISON when it reaches maximum brightness at the end of November.


Our comet one-two is completed by ace planetary photographer Damian Peach, who details the tips and tricks for recording Comet ISON to camera.


The ringed planet is the most wondrous in the Solar System to gaze at. Yet where did those marvellous rings come from? Keith Cooper goes in search of their origin.


We now know that history was made on 25 August 2012 when Voyager 1 became our first ever interstellar spacecraft. Keith Cooper reports on where this achievement fits into history, and why it took scientists so long to realise Voyager 1 had departed the heliosphere.


A new NASA spacecraft is ready to launch to Mars to taste its atmospheric composition and learn where much of its atmosphere disappeared to, writes Stephen Clark.


This summer NASA's long-serving, ultraviolet detecting Galaxy Evolution Explorer spacecraft was retired. Keith Cooper looks back at its magnificent mission to understand how galaxies evolve.



In the news this month: the European Planetary Science Congress comes to town, and there is bad news for methane on Mars.

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This month's night sky section features a plethora of planets including Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter, plus an in-depth look at the Pleiades star cluster.

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Ninian Boyle gets his hands on TeleVue's 85mm refractor, which is perfect for visual astronomy or astrophotography while also making a great travelling telescope.


The best astro-images submitted by our readers: Moon occults Venus • Cosmic bubble among the stars • Crater Clavius Spectacular Solar prominence • Going dark in Aquila • Beautiful aurora over Moray Mighty Andromeda galaxy

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