Book Reviews

Why Mars: NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration

28 May 2015 Astronomy Now

W Henry Lambright presents a chronological account of how Mars exploration waxed and waned in tune with the political and economic priorities of the U.S. Government in a book that will expand your views about Mars’ place on the priority list of planetary destinations, says reviewer Malcolm Smith.

Book Reviews

Introducing Astronomy

28 May 2015 Steve Ringwood

The production quality of this delightful little book by Iain Nicolson is remarkably lavish given the cover price, writes reviewer Steve Ringwood. While aimed at relative newbies to astronomy, its claim to be an introductory guide does not diminish its scope.

Book Reviews

Exmoor Dark Skies

28 May 2015 Owen Brazell

Seb Jay’s book is intended to help promote the Exmoor International Dark Sky Reserve, acting both as a guide to the locations within the park that are suitable for observing from and as a beginners’ guide to the objects to be seen, says reviewer Owen Brazell.

Equipment

Celestron NexImage Burst Colour camera

25 May 2015 Steve Ringwood

Looking for a high-resolution, high-speed camera for imaging Saturn at opposition with your telescope? Steve Ringwood appraises the one-shot colour Celestron NexImage Burst, capable of capturing 120 frames/second — and it comes with image-processing software too!

Book Reviews

Pearls of the Southern Skies

5 May 2015 Astronomy Now

Have you encountered the ‘War and Peace Nebula’, the ‘Furious Dancer Galaxy’ or the ‘Carina Smile Nebula’? These objects and a wealth of Southern Hemisphere deep-sky treasures feature in this well-written landscape-format coffee table book, says Nik Szymanek.

Book Reviews

Hubble’s Universe

5 May 2015 Owen Brazell

Rather than choosing to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s silver anniversary with another coffee table book of iconic images, author Terence Dickinson offers his own take on the orbiting observatory’s top discoveries, says Owen Brazell.

Book Reviews

The Science of Interstellar

5 May 2015 Keith Cooper

It is not often that a major Hollywood science fiction film uses hard science as one of its primary drivers. In Interstellar, this is thanks primarily to the involvement of Professor Kip Thorne of Caltech, writes reviewer Keith Cooper.

Equipment

Orion SkyQuest XX12g Dobsonian

28 April 2015 Steve Ringwood

If you fancy drinking up views of the universe from a light-bucket, Orion’s SkyQuest XX12g GOTO Dobsonian will leave you drunk on celestial wonders, writes Steve Ringwood.