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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
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!