Stargazing with Tony Flanders

Senior editor Tony Flanders was a prolific blogger before entering the video world with SkyWeek TV. Catch up with the most visible member of Sky &Telescope as he muses on all the various aspects of stargazing. An avid hiker and visual astronomer, Tony’s blog describes recent celestial events and ever-present celestian bodies with an expert’s eye, including information on the equipment that he uses to find certain challenging targets. You’ll also find buyer’s guides to telescopes, binoculars, and more. But the stargazing-specific posts are only the beginning. You’ll also find him pondering the similarities of stars and snowflakes, as well as the nature of fear in modern society as related to stargazing. Read on as Tony Flanders brings the world of stargazing to your screen.

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Thoughts about Pluto

Eighty years ago, Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto while comparing two photographs taken a few weeks earlier. How does his discovery look in light of our current knowledge?

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Venus, Jupiter, and Vesta

Venus and Jupiter have a close but difficult conjunction shortly after sunset on Tuesday, Feb. 16. And after the sky gets dark, you have an unusual chance to see an asteroid with hardly any effort at all.

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More on Scopes and Binoculars

What sized telescope is equivalent to a pair of 70-mm binoculars? To some extent, this is a question without an answer — like comparing apples to oranges. But for some purposes, 70-mm binoculars can actually do better than a 100-mm scope. In other words, the human brain sometimes gets better results combining the light...

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Paradoxical Messier 33

Messier 33, which rides high in the sky on late-autmun evenings, can be the most rewarding or frustrating of all galaxies, depending on your conditions and your mindset.

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Doing Deep-Sky Wonders

It's hard to find a better way to spend an hour or two outside on a clear, moonless night than viewing the targets from the latest Deep-Sky Wonders column through a telescope.