Sky & Telescope December 2010

FEATURED ARTICLES

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Meade's 8-inch LightSwitch Scope
When it comes to "smart" scopes, this one is at the head of the class.
By Dennis di Cicco

December's Great Lunar Eclipse
All of North America experiences a total lunar eclipse on the night of Decmber 20-21.
By Alan MacRobert

Binocular Sights for City Nights
Bright skies are not empty skies! Binoculars reveal hidden treasures behind the skyglow.
By Hugh Bartlett

Sequencing the Stars
Using images of star clusters acquired with CCD cameras, amateurs can create their own Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams.
By Robert J. Vanderbei

BEYOND THE PRINTED PAGE

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How to Deflect a Hazardous Asteroid
If astronomers ever find an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, here's what we could do to prevent a catastrophe. Click here to listen to an interview with the author.
By Dan Durda

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

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Narrowband Imaging
Emission-line filters allow you to take great images of nebulae from less-than-ideal locations.
By Neil Fleming

First, Do No Harm
The author argues against over-zealous pursuit of asteroid-deflection technology.
By Joel Marks

Night Unfurls its Splendor
Cassiopeia contains many flashy objects and many subtle ones.
By Sue French

Bright Planets in Twilight
Jupiter shines high at dusk, and Venus shines high at dawn.
By Fred Schaaf

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