We love great astro photography and we love sharing our favourite images with you. One of our favourite things is when customers get in touch with us to share examples of their work and we get to see some of the fantastic photography you produce using our products.
This month we're hoping to take things up a notch. We're very pleased to announce the launch of our new monthly astrophotography competition. Each month we're offering you the chance to have a written feature on our blog along with the chance to showcase some of your photography work.
To enter simply send us your favourite image (which must be at least 1mb in size) along with a brief description of when, where and how you took the shot. At the end of each month we'll choose our favourite image and notify the winner. Images must be minimum dimensions 800x600 & images must be in .jpg format.
We're really looking forward to seeing all of your beautiful examples, good luck!
We love it when people share their thoughts and reviews on our products so when we came across a product review from Runar Sandnes over at dinkikkert.no, a Norwegian vision tech review site we wanted to share it with the rest of you. The review is written in Norwegian so may not be accessible to all of you but Runar's also produced some beautiful footage of the Astrotrac kit in action which we've featured above.
Here's the link if you'd like to read Runar's full review (in Norwegian)
On March 20, 2015 one of the most important and spectacular celestial events in Norway this century will take place, a total solar eclipse. Due to the weather conditions in Norway at this time of year Svalbard is beyond competition regarding expected visibility.
On the North Pole the Sun will become totally eclipsed as it comes into view and on the Norwegian mainland more than 90% of the Sun will be eclipsed, for the majority of Europe this will be the most accessible total eclipse in several years. The eclipse will only be partial for people in Iceland, Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa but it will still be a fantastic astrological event to witness.
As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. The Sun's distance from Earth is about 400 times the Moon's distance, and the Sun's diameter is about 400 times the Moon's diameter. Because these ratios are approximately the same, the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth appear to be approximately the same size in the sky, this allows the moon to completely obscure the sun as it passes in between our planet and the star. The shadow cast by the moon on our planet in the light of the Sun is experienced by people on the surface as the solar eclipse.
This solar eclipse holds special significance in Norway because it is due to occur on the same day that the Sun rises for the first time after 6 months of winter, this sequence of events only happens once every 500,000 years.
If you're interested in finding out more about the solar eclipse or if you're thinking about booking up a trip yourself visit www.visitnorway.com
AstroFest's team are promising to be working on a stellar line-up of personalities to address the conference. During the course of the two-day event, speakers from around the world will talk on some of the most exciting topics in astronomy.
If you are looking for a new telescope, a better eyepiece, a state-of-the-art CCD camera, a good astronomy book, or are thinking of taking up astronomy at university, European AstroFest 2015 is the place to be.
Exhibition tickets for AstroFest will be available on the door priced at £8. Pick up a copy of the February issue of Astronomy Now to get £2 off adult admission to the exhibition. Conference tickets for Saturday are now sold out and a few tickets remain for Friday's conference. Exhibition tickets are available for both days.
For more information on this years event or to book your tickets in advance online check out the European Astrofest official website here: http://europeanastrofest.com/
The Quadrantids is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. It is thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003. The shower runs annually from January 1-5. It peaks this year on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. Unfortunately the nearly full moon will block out all but the brightest meteors this year. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky.