COVER: The Trifid Nebula was discovered by
the French astronomer Le Gentil in the 18th century and cataloged M20 by
his countryman Charles Messier. As skilled as these celestial explorers
were, none could have imagined the beauty of this nebula photographed with
modern color film. A portfolio of other deep-sky portraits by Allan
Guthmiller and a description of the telescope he built to make them are in
of the Sun -- Part 2
Powerful new observatories have
revolutionized solar physics. In this second of a two-part series, we turn
to events on and above the Sun's surface.
By Carolus J. Schrijver and Alan M. Title
Like our Sun, other stars have
FEATURE | By Mark A.
Bisque has shrunk its flagship astronomy software into a pocket-size
COMPUTERS IN ASTRONOMY |
By Stuart J. Goldman
Teenagers, and Real Science
Each summer high-school students from
all over the world converge on Southern California to learn about the
universe -- and themselves.
ASTRONOMERS | By Tracy Furutani
Messier Surveys by
experienced amateur shares insights gleaned while observing with a variety
of binoculars and telescopes.
LOG | By Jay Reynolds Freeman
Refractor: Quality Optics on a Budget
This easy-to-build telescope marries
the advantages of the Newtonian reflector with those of the classic
TECHNIQUES | By Ernie Pfannenschmidt
Although it weighs
more than a half ton, this astrophotography telescope is ready to hit the
road at a moment's notice.
| By Allan Guthmiller
S&T TEST REPORT
premium 22 x 60 binocular proves that aperture alone is not an indication
of astronomical performance.
PLUS | By Dennis di Cicco
Great Sphinx sets its gaze upon the rising Sun.
By E. C.
Telescope's Guide to the Evening Sky
What's That over the Spring Horizon? *
Northern Hemisphere Sky Map * Small-Scope Sampler: What a Crab! *
Binocular Highlight: Two Southern Delights * Sun, Moon, and Planets *
Southern Hemisphere Sky Map
By Sue French, Fred Schaaf, and
Venus's Evening Sky
years our sister planet puts on her very best performance for midnorthern
observers. This is the month!
By Adrian Ashford
How would the sky look from the moons
By Jay Ryan
My place in the dark.
Richard Tresch Fienberg
By Don Lago
50 & 25 Years
By David H. Levy
SEARCH & DISCOVERY
ancient Martian lakes, Hubble views the Merope Nebula, Epsilon Reticuli's
planet, and more.
astronomy and planetary exploration.
By Jonathan McDowell
IN THIS ISSUE
The little rose of
By Thomas Kuchar
By Stuart J. Goldman
design and analysis.
By Jeff Medkeff
big-screen look at our Sun.
galaxies, by Gemini!
By Ken Hewitt-White
Christmas partial solar eclipse. By Gary Seronik
Alphonsus: Volcanism then and
By Charles A. Wood
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