Inside the October 2006 Issue

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Sky & Telescope October 2006

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Spectrum
You Get What You Pay For By Richard Tresch Fienberg

Letters

News Notes
Lakes on Titan!, Amateurs Catch an Asteroid Flyby, New Concept for Imaging Life-Bearing Planets, and more...

Mission Update
By Jonathan McDowell

50 & 25 Years Ago
By Leif J. Robinson

Spotlight On . . . The North America and Pelican Nebulae
An amateur astronomer processes publicly available professional images to create a breathtaking color mosaic. By Sean Walker

The Great Milky Way – Andromeda Collision
The two biggest galaxies in the Local Group — the Milky Way and Andromeda — are on a collision course with each other and with destiny.

Beyond the Printed Page: View simulations of the merger. By John Dubinski

Virtual Planet Sluths
Using a new Web site, anyone with a computer and Internet access can help astronomers better understand extrasolar planets. By Gregory P. Laughlin

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Rambling Through the Skies: Moving Mountains
Astronomically significant topography has a place setting in the southern-hemisphere sky. By E. C. Krupp

Northern Hemisphere's Sky
Who Shot Sagitta? By Fred Schaaf

Northern Binocular Highlight
Pretty Capricornus Pairs By Gary Seronik

Southern Binocular Highlight
Planet Number 100 By Les Dalrymple

Southern Hemisphere's Sky
Epsilon Indi Up Close By Greg Bryant

Sun, Moon, and Planets
October Sights Bright and Dim By Fred Schaaf

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Exploring the Moon
Weird Lunar Domes By Charles A. Wood

Celestial Calendar
A Bright-Moon Pleiades Occultation By Alan MacRobert

Celestial Calendar
Dark Nights for the Orionid Occultation By Alan MacRobert

Eye on the Sky
I See Nothing! By Stephen James O'Meara

Deep-Sky Wonders
Return of the Little Fox By Sue French

Targets
Observing Uranus and Its Moons By Richard Schmude Jr. and Frank Melillo

S&T Test Report:
Simply Elegant: Meade's LightBridge Dobsonians
This new line of Dobsonian telescopes combines premium features with bargain prices. By Dennis di Cicco

New Product Showcase
Elite Astrographs, Remote Rotator, Imaging Gold, and more...

Books & Beyond
Seeing Double and Stringing Together the Megaverse

Star Trails
My First Meteor By David H. Levy

Event Calendar

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Amateur Telescope Making
A Portable Large-Aperture Cassegrain By Michael Lockwood

Hobby Q&A
Does Venus really trace a pentagram in the sky, as claimed in The Da Vinci Code and more...

Gallery

Index to Advertisers

Focal Point
Requiem for an Observatory By William Sheehan