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Space Junk is a weekly podcast dedicated to the amazing hobby of amateur astronomy. Each week we’ll answer your questions and bring you the latest information and advice on the tools, gadgets, software and techniques for maximizing your enjoyment of the night sky. Your hosts are Tony Darnell from DeepAstronomy.space and Dustin Gibson from OPT Telescopes, a world leader in telescopes and accessories. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/spacejunk/support

Space Junk OPT Telescopes

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Space Junk is a weekly podcast dedicated to the amazing hobby of amateur astronomy. Each week we’ll answer your questions and bring you the latest information and advice on the tools, gadgets, software and techniques for maximizing your enjoyment of the night sky. Your hosts are Tony Darnell from DeepAstronomy.space and Dustin Gibson from OPT Telescopes, a world leader in telescopes and accessories. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/spacejunk/support

    The Search for the Perfect Telescope; Camera Resolution Wars - It's like magnification all over again

    The Search for the Perfect Telescope; Camera Resolution Wars - It's like magnification all over again

    This episode was prompted by an email from Matt who wanted to sort out WHY different telescopes are better than others.  In this episode, I'll break down all the different telescope types and try to answer the question of why you should want one.

    Also, Dustin and I discuss camera resolution: why it matters, is more better and more.


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    • 49 min
    Pro-Am Astronomy Collaboration; Celestron RASA and Other Wide Field Telescopes

    Pro-Am Astronomy Collaboration; Celestron RASA and Other Wide Field Telescopes

    More than any other aspect of amateur astronomy, using your equipment to get involved in professional astronomy is growing the fastest.  In this episode, we explore ways you can use your stuff to do science!  Also, Dustin and Tony talk about the advances in short-focal length telescope design and why they are amazing.


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    We have Little Chance of Hearing Other Civilizations; APO's vs Catadioptric Telescopes; Another Black Hole Question

    We have Little Chance of Hearing Other Civilizations; APO's vs Catadioptric Telescopes; Another Black Hole Question

    We've been listening for signals from the galaxy hoping to detect another civilization out there.  What are the actual chances we'll hear anything?  Let's take a look at this paper and find out: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1007.0850.pdf

    Dustin and Tony also talk about APO refractors and catadioptric telescope systems.


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    • 55 min
    How Do We Know There are Other Planets in Our Galaxy?; Picking Your First Object to Image; Tony Gets an Email!

    How Do We Know There are Other Planets in Our Galaxy?; Picking Your First Object to Image; Tony Gets an Email!

    The study of planets around other stars, exoplanets, is a brand new field, one that closely tracks my career as a software engineer in professional astronomy.  I've had the privilege to watch our knowledge about exoplanets explode: in just a few decades, we've gone from not being sure there were other planets around other stars, to knowing how many there are in our galaxy, their types and in some cases, we can guess as to whether life may be present on them.

    Let's talk about this as well as Dustin and I discuss what you should think about when imaging your first night sky object.

    Oh, and I got an email!


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    • 55 min
    Black Holes - A Guided Tour; Telescope Autoguiders - What Good are They?; Update on JWST

    Black Holes - A Guided Tour; Telescope Autoguiders - What Good are They?; Update on JWST

    In recent decades, our knowledge of what black holes are, how many and what types, has exploded.  Coupled with the brand-new field of gravitational wave astronomy, we are poised to learn even more.  Let's take a tour of what black holes are, the different kinds and how many of these enigmatic objects there are in our universe.


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    • 52 min
    Is Earth's Magnetic Field Flipping?; Smart Telescopes; Orion The Hunter

    Is Earth's Magnetic Field Flipping?; Smart Telescopes; Orion The Hunter

    The magnetic field of the Earth is undergoing some changes.  Scientists measuring the strength and direction have noticed a weakening of the magnetic field along with movement.  Is this something to worry about?

    Dustin Gibson and Tony also discuss smart telescopes along with computers designed to run imaging equipement.

    Winter is a great time to see Orion the Hunter, let's talk about that.


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    • 49 min

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I started astrophotography in September and wanted a podcast to listen to on the way to work. After listen to a few others I stumbled upon this one. I love it. I love the banter between Dustin and Tony. I love the way Tony asks dumb questions to Dustin to find out what stuff is. It’s not because Tony doesn’t know, he’s just asking the dumb questions I would ask as a noob but on my behalf. I love the guests, the variety, the humour. I have a 45 min drive to work and it’s perfect for that drive. Only downside is I’ve now listened to them all and have to wait a week for the new episode. Well done to all involved in SpaceJunk. I am a fan.

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