Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival August 2017

May/June 2013

May/June 2013

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Our cover story is Comet PanSTARRS, which put on a pretty impressive show earlier this year and is still visible in telescopes. The issue also features Terence Dickinson’s review of the iOptron SkyTracker portable camera mount and Alan Dyer’s look at the Sky-Watcher’s new AZ-EQ6mount.

STAR PARTY CALENDAR

Dark night skies, telescope viewing and talks for backyard astronomers are the feature attractions at gatherings across Canada this summer.

YEAR OF THE COMET(?)

Comet PanSTARRS provided the opening act to what may be the best dual-comet year since 1957. TERENCE DICKINSON

WILDERNESS ASTRONOMER

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Central Ontario’s dark sky preserve that never was. PETER MCMAHON

SIGHTS AROUND THE SOMBRERO

A mere 40 million light-years away, the Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104) is the brightest deep-sky object in Virgo. This classic edge-on spiral is easy to locate—as are several fine double and multiple stars along the way. KEN HEWITT-WHITE

CHIME: DARK ENERGY EXPLORER

Canadian radio telescope to explore mysteries of dark energy. IVAN SEMENIUK

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Spring star clusters well away from the band of the Milky Way. GLENN LEDREW

A COMET LOST AND FOUND

An object first photographed 82 years ago is finally identified. DAVID H. LEVY
…and much more!

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