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Mauna Kea: Balancing Culture and Discovery

If you haven’t been following the news about the 30-meter telescope being constructed on Mauna Kea, then you may not be aware of the protests from native Hawaiians who are concerned about the development of a spiritually sacred site. The most recent bit of news here concerns a DLNR rule that …

Skywatcher AZ-EQ5

New Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 Mount

Sky-Watcher recently introduced the AZ-EQ5 Mount that has generated a lot of interest for it’s low price and very small stated periodic error of only ±5 arc seconds. That’s a native periodic error you would expect to find in a class of mounts more than double the AZ-EQ5’s size and price.

New Refractors coming from Astro-Tech

Astronomics sent an email to customers earlier today announcing a new line of Refractor telescopes coming in about 90 days time (view the email here). This is exciting because Astro-tech refractors (recent experiences with the AT65EDQ aside) have a very solid reputation for quality and value. Three new scopes were …

The Original Enterprise model in the National Air & Space Museum.

NASA Has A Possible Impulse Engine, Not A Warp Drive

The internet has gotten itself into a tizzy lately with headlines like “Has NASA Accidentally Invented The Warp Drive?” Let’s stop with the sensational headlines saying NASA has discovering Warp Drive. If you insist on a Star Trek reference, what NASA has been testing looks a lot more like an impulse engine.