3 best sites about astronomy

Learning new and interesting stuff related to astronomy is a must if you want to become that person that everybody in the room wants to have a conversation with. It’s such a big deal to be able to speak about stars, planets, and everything that goes beyond the sky. Given the amount of information you can find on the internet, it’s easier to have full access to your field of interest without too much effort.

Most people wouldn’t believe how many things you can find out from the comfort provided by your own personal computer. Because I’ve been a big fan of several astronomy sites in the recent years, I’ve decided to give you some hints about my favorite places where you can read all sorts of useful information and events related to astronomy.  

  1. https://www.universetoday.com/

Some people really like to be informed 24h/7 days a week about different space events and news. If you’re one of them and you need a website that keeps you up to date, you should take a look at this little gem. Basically, a blog written by various content writers that love astronomy just as much as you do, it is packed with the latest news and data that you could possibly imagine. Moreover, it encourages its visitors to leave comments if they have suggestions or really liked something.

There a section called Carnival where any visitor is invited to host a weekly event and showcased articles written on certain topics about space and astronomy. Basically, it’s a great opportunity to get your passion to the next level.

 

  1. https://www.space.com/

The website was launched in 1999 and has been ever since in the top favorite websites visited by astronomy freaks. Here you’ll see everything that you’re searching for, from space exploration, skywatching to commercial flights in space and other technologies.

Furthermore, it provides information for its readers about the latest discoveries, space missions but also futuristic thoughts that might happen someday. The best part is that the website is quite user-friendly and the articles are sharp and concise. Plus, there’s an excellent gallery photo that you can admire and a video section that is worth checking out.

  1. https://www.nasa.gov/

The list wouldn’t be complete without this incredible source of information. Besides the fact that it’s the most visited site in the entire world, NASA knows how to make you happy when it comes to space.

The site offers the ‘Image of the Day’ feature and some cool tweets coming from real astronauts. This ultimate resource for space fanatics allows you to spend hours browsing each section without ever getting bored.

Aside from this, you can actually look at a live video feed transmitted from the International Space Station and hear the people working there talking to each other. What a blast!

 

 

4 vintage gadgets for people who love science

 

I’ve always been passionate about science and other fields related to discoveries and cool facts. Back in the days, we didn’t have the Internet at hand so we read books, went to the libraries or spent hours in bookshops deciding on which book to leave behind because all of them were catchy titles.

Times have changed and now we simply write a few words using our smartphones touchscreens and we have all the information we require. Call me a nostalgic, but I still feel joy in my heart whenever someone gives me a vintage gadget that looks cool and helps me with my daily activities.

If you have a friend and you want to impress him or her with some nerdy vintage gadgets here you have some useful tips that you might want to check them out.

Smartphone Gramophone

For any mobile enthusiast that loves science and music, a gramophone that connects to the smartphone using Bluetooth technology is the ultimate gift. Specially designed to resemble old gramophones, the device is able to amplify the sound from your mobile phone and use the gadgets’ powerful speakers instead.

In order to benefit from this astonishing tech specs of this unit, simply place the smartphone in the base and the metal horn of the gramophone will boost the volume, The best part is that it doesn’t even need electricity to work.

 

Vintage camera charging phone dock

I always have trouble finding a good position to keep my phone’s screen visible while its battery is charging. I’ve seen some interesting vintage camera docks where you simply insert your smartphone using a USB cable and the charging begins. They have a unique look and if you know someone that likes photography, you can use this idea for an original birthday gift.

Retro tabletop radio

Decades ago, in each house, you would see a radio. Things have changed, indeed, but having a radio comes in handy especially if you travel and you need to listen to the news or weather reports. Plus, it’s quite a hassle turning on the TV especially when you don’t have plenty of time to spare on such activities. Therefore, I recommend choosing a shortwave radio with a vintage look made of real wood that features an improved sound quality, excellent tuning, and a LED indicator.

 

 Retro cinema home projector

I love movies and science documentaries. So I have to mention an excellent viewing tool that turns your simple mobile phone into a genuine home entertainment cinema. Apart from the fact that it works with all types of smartphones, this vintage gadget features a large zoom, focusing lens adjustment, and is made entirely from an eco-friendly cardboard. Just put your phone into the box and make sure you have the popcorn ready

 

 

 

How to get started with astrophotography

Many people like to think that astrophotography is difficult. In actuality, things aren’t as complicated as they seem at first glance. You will require some equipment, of course, such as a camera, various lenses, reflecting telescopes, as well as a camera tripod, a mount, and a variety of other items.

I don’t want to burst your bubble, but the first thing you should do is learn as much as you can about your digital camera and your telescope. As you might have figured it out by now, you will have to utilize the two. You’ll also have to learn how to focus properly, understand what the correct exposure is, and select the perfect settings for the circumstance.

Therefore, the first piece of advice I can give you is to read the manual. This suggestion applies both for your camera and for your telescope. You will have to study some astronomy. Luckily, there are many online resources and forums you can turn to, which is to say that the community is amazing and there are many folks who will give you a hand if you don’t know what to make out of the instructions you’ve received with your equipment.

Something I would like to point out right off the bat is that you always get what you pay for. If you’re focused on getting cheap equipment, it’s very likely that you will be disappointed with the quality of the shots you will take. I’ve tried loads of gear over time, and I can tell you that sometimes, it pays off to wait for some time before making an investment. Don’t just hurry up and get the most affordable telescope or camera because honestly, they won’t do you any good.

 

Consider investing your money in a remote release, as well. It’s a practical item that you will require if you want to make sure that your photos are perfectly steady. Some remotes are more advanced than others, which is to say that they will allow you to program them and set the right number of long exposures.

Additionally, you will require a T-mount adapter in order to connect your telescope to your camera. Most such adapters are budget-friendly, which is why I personally do not recommend holding your camera and lens up to the telescope eyepiece. There is no way of telling that your hand isn’t shaking, so your shots will probably be just a little unclear.

In the end, I want to emphasize that the role your research has to play in all of this is essential. You need to make sure that every expense is guided by your ultimate goal and that you learn astrophotography step by step. Do not feel disappointed if you don’t understand everything right from the beginning.