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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 fromRead more

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All About Astronomy Filters

Dec 1 • 01:00:47

Using filters in amateur astronomy can be confusing, but once you get through some of the basics, they can really enhance your sessions under the stars - either visually or photographically.  In this episode, Tony and Dustin go through filter basics, what they can do for you visually and when imaging, as well as offer advice on which ones to get and why....

Getting Started in Astronomy Imaging

Nov 24 • 01:05:35

Taking images through your telescope has never been easier.  What used to be a complicated, time-consuming and expensive is now accessible to people who've never used a telescope before.  Getting started in taking pictures of the night sky is orders of magnitude simpler than it was decades ago when film reigned supreme....

Building a Backyard Observatory: What You Should Know

Nov 17 • 01:02:17

Building your own observatory is a great way to enhance your enjoyment of getting out under the stars.  Whether it's a simple cover for your tripod-mounted telescope, an easy to build roll off roof on a shed, or a beautiful clam-shell dome with all the bells and whistles, having an observatory can increase the amount of time using your equipment while decreasing your stres...

Beginner Astronomy: Where to Go and What to Bring

Nov 10 • 56:04

It's good to be back!  To get things started again, we are talking about the beginning - the beginning of getting started in the hobby of amateur astronomy.  We've also brought some gear to check out.  The links are here:...

Faster Than Light Phenomena and the Story of APOD w/ Robert Nemiroff

Jun 22 • 01:08:21

JWST Sees More Delays; NASA Going to Venus; Jeff Bezos Tries to Win Billionaire Space Race - Astronomy News from SJP

Jun 11 • 09:46

Advice for Getting Your Astronomy Images Published

Jun 2 • 55:26

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get your astrophotos into major distribution outlets?  What makes a high-quality astronomy image?  In this episode, Dustin and Tony talk with some of the best astro imagers in the world: Rogelio Bernal Andreo, Bray Falls and Chuck Ayoub and get their advice.  Listen to their stories and learn from the best....

Studying Dark Energy: Astronomers Now Have 230 Million Galaxies

May 29 • 09:19

JWST Gets Ready For Launch - Astronomy News from Space Junk Podcast

May 21 • 09:56

Welcome to our first segment of Astronomy News from Space Junk Podcast.  The successor to Hubble is finally getting ready for launch.  This month the mission team at Northrop Grumman are putting the final touches on the telescope and testing is almost complete.  Soon, the telescope will be placed on a ship to French Guyana where it will hopefully launch in October....

AAPOD2: Showcasing Amazing Images in Amateur Astronomy

May 17 • 01:02:12

We've all heard of the Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA, but there is another website showcasing amazing photos from the amateur community: The Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day.  Our guests Charles Lillo and Jason Matter tell us the story of how they got AAPOD going and what you can win if you submit your images for consideration!...

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