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Keen amateur observer Vincent details the latest astro accessories on page 104, including a light pollution ﬁlter.
gear expert Paul puts the new AZ-EQ6 GT
mount from Sky-Watcher
through its paces this month – see page 94.
Regular contributor Paul is author of the book
Where Did Pluto Go?
and gave his name to asteroid 6726 Suthers.
A former press ofﬁcer for the European Space Agency, these days Sean is a freelance astronomy journalist.
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a rare honour – an ofﬁcial portrait. We spoke to Robin-Lee Hall, the artist who painted him, to give you the inside story on page 37.This month we’re also launching our very ﬁrst reader holiday. Our week-long Northern Lights astronomy tour in February 2014 will take you right into the auroral oval to witness dramatic displays – more details on page 17.Enjoy the issue.
his month, we celebrate a milestone – it’s our 100th issue! And we’re marking this achievement with a special 16-page guide –
The Sky at Night Magazine 100
. Our treasury of must-see celestial sights has something for everyone, from amazing phenomena visible with your own eyes to more challenging objects like lunar valleys and distant galaxies. You’ll ﬁnd the pull-out section at the centre of the magazine.When our ﬁrst issue came out in June 2005, the world of astronomy was a very different place. The Hubble Space Telescope could still be serviced by the Space Shuttle, Pluto was still a full planet and the idea of sending humans to Mars was a pipedream. But we’ve made huge progress, and on page 62
Sky at Night
presenter Chris Lintott guides us through some of the most important discoveries made in the eight years since we launched.We also remember Patrick Moore’s involvement with the magazine with an exclusive, unique insight into the birth of
The Sky at Night
programme back in 1957. In correspondence from the BBC’s archives, on page 33 you’ll see the ﬁrst steps in Patrick’s 50-year broadcasting career. It’s an unrivalled record, and one that the BBC recognises with