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With the hol­i­day sea­son just around the cor­ner, All About Space se­lects the space gifts sure to de­light any fan of the uni­verse

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Our pick of the best books, apps, soft­ware and ac­ces­sories

“The Meade Ad­ven­ture Scope 80 can be swiftly as­sem­bled in sec­onds”

Tele­scope Meade Ad­ven­ture Scope 80

Cost: £99 (~€113/$128.50) From: cur­rys.co.uk

The per­fect gift for lovers of the great out­doors, the ad­ven­ture starts here this Christ­mas with the travel-ready Meade Ad­ven­ture Scope 80. Func­tion­ing as both a tele­scope and day­time spot­ting scope, the gen­er­ous 80mm aper­ture and red dot find­er­scope pro­vide su­pe­rior views of wildlife, land­scapes, ce­les­tial ob­jects and more, with ex­cep­tional view­ing clar­ity and smooth track­ing pre­ci­sion. The nat­u­ral coloura­tion of the op­ti­cal tube also sub­tly blends in against many of na­tures back­drops, ideal for mak­ing dis­crete ob­ser­va­tions of birds and other an­i­mals. Com­pact in de­sign, the Meade Ad­ven­ture Scope 80 can be swiftly as­sem­bled in sec­onds, pack­ing away into the ac­com­pa­ny­ing light­weight back­pack along with its alu­minium tri­pod and eye­piece ac­ces­sories. On camp­ing trips, hik­ing, out­door ex­plo­ration or from the com­fort of your own back gar­den, you can en­joy in­stant on-the-go view­ing.

Book

Planetarium by Pro­fes­sor Ra­man Prinja and Chris Wormell

Cost: £20 (€22.80/$26) From: Ama­zon

Planetarium fea­tures all aspects of space, from our So­lar Sys­tem to the lives of stars and the Uni­verse beyond. With stun­ning art­work from Chris Wormell and text by Pro­fes­sor Ra­man Prinja, Planetarium is the per­fect gift for any­one with an in­ter­est in this fas­ci­nat­ing field.

Book Year­book of Astron­omy 2019

Cost: £16.99 (~€19.40/$22) From: pen-and-sword.co.uk

An in­spi­ra­tion to am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional as­tronomers alike, the Year­book of Astron­omy war­rants a place on the book­shelf of all sky watch­ers and stargaz­ers. Main­tain­ing its ap­peal­ing style and pre­sen­ta­tion, the Year­book

of Astron­omy 2019 con­tains an au­thor­i­ta­tive set of sky charts and com­pre­hen­sive jar­gon­free monthly sky notes to en­able back­yard as­tronomers to plan their view­ing of the year’s eclipses, comets, me­teor show­ers and deep­sky ob­jects. The Year­book has been around for well over half a cen­tury and con­tin­ues to be es­sen­tial read­ing for any­one lured by the magic of astron­omy and who wants to ex­tend their knowl­edge of the uni­verse.

Ac­ces­sories

AstroReal­ity LU­NAR PRO Globe

Cost: £222 (~€254/$288) From: as­troshop.eu

Ex­pe­ri­ence the Moon like never be­fore! The world's first smart Moon model cap­tures Earth’s nat­u­ral satel­lite in awe-in­spir­ing de­tail and fea­tures beau­ti­ful, high-res­o­lu­tion to­pog­ra­phy where each fea­ture is per­fected by hand be­fore it is fin­ished with han­dap­plied colours and a safe, pro­tec­tive coat­ing. Us­ing ad­vanced Aug­mented Re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy, AstroReal­ity Globes - paired with the AstroReal­ity app - al­low you to learn cap­ti­vat­ing facts and trivia. AstroReal­ity weaves to­gether an un­par­al­leled way to ex­pe­ri­ence the Moon in your hands and through your smart­phone on a mis­sion to in­spire as many space lovers as pos­si­ble, help­ing to awaken and ed­u­cate a new gen­er­a­tion of astron­omy en­thu­si­asts through the power of tech­nol­ogy.

Book Pho­tograph­ing the Deep Sky

Cost: £25 (~€28.50/$32.50) From: pen-and-sword.co.uk Spec­tac­u­lar neb­u­lae where stars are born, beau­ti­ful star clus­ters from the early for­ma­tion of the Milky Way and gal­ax­ies as far as a bil­lion light years away all fea­ture in this book of stun­ning im­ages from as­tropho­tog­ra­pher Chris Baker. De­pict­ing ob­jects from hun­dreds to many mil­lions of light years away, this book presents fas­ci­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion on what the Earth was like when light from these ob­jects started its Earth-bound jour­ney through space.

Chap­ters are in­cluded, de­scrib­ing the ba­sics of as­tropho­tog­ra­phy, as mod­ern tele­scopes and cam­eras make this a re­ward­ing hobby well within reach of the am­a­teur as­tronomer. With a con­cise, clear dis­cus­sion on the back­ground of as­tro­nom­i­cal science, this is a book to cel­e­brate the beauty of the cos­mos.

Ac­ces­sories

Omegon Mini Track LX2

Cost: £115 (~€131/$150) From: as­troshop.eu

Cap­ture the cos­mos in awe-in­spir­ing pho­tos! The Omegon Mini Track mount is the world’s first fully au­to­matic mini-mount. No power nec­es­sary, the LX2 mount fea­tures a 60-minute track­ing mech­a­nism in a sleek and slen­der de­sign. Just cal­i­brate to the po­lar star, mount your cam­era, pull the cord and cap­ture the cos­mos in stun­ning pho­tos! The Mini Track can even ac­com­pany you to any­where in the North­ern Hemi­sphere (South­ern Hemi­sphere avail­able next year). With its abil­ity to ac­com­mo­date wide-an­gle and tele­photo lenses, it is no co­in­ci­dence that this ‘ex­pert’ in wide-field pho­tog­ra­phy has won the hearts of am­a­teur as­tronomers ev­ery­where.

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2019 Guide to the Night Sky

Cost: £6.99 (~€8/$9) From: books.harpercollins.co.uk/astron­omy A com­pre­hen­sive hand­book to the plan­ets, stars and con­stel­la­tions vis­i­ble from the North­ern Hemi­sphere, cov­er­ing Jan­uary to De­cem­ber 2019. This prac­ti­cal guide is both an easy in­tro­duc­tion to astron­omy and a use­ful ref­er­ence for sea­soned stargaz­ers.

Now in­cludes a sec­tion on comets and a map of the Moon. It's de­signed for Bri­tain and Ire­land but us­able any­where in the world be­tween 40N and 60N, cov­er­ing most of Europe, south­ern Canada and the north­ern United States. Writ­ten and il­lus­trated by as­tro­nom­i­cal ex­perts Storm Dun­lop and Wil Tirion and ap­proved by the as­tronomers of the Royal Ob­ser­va­tory Green­wich. Also avail­able as an eBook.

Binoc­u­lars

Ke­pler Op­tics GL binoc­u­lars

From: Op­ti­cal Hard­ware Ltd

Cost: £27 (~€31/$35)

The Ke­pler Op­tics GL se­ries are a range of tra­di­tional-style porro-prism binoc­u­lars fea­tur­ing good qual­ity BAK7 prisms com­bined with fully coated lenses. The GL range of­fer a more nat­u­ral colour bal­ance than the BR model, with a slightly brighter im­age.

This binoc­u­lar is an ex­cep­tional-value model with a mag­ni­fi­ca­tion suit­able for most uses in­clud­ing bird­ing, na­ture, rac­ing, walk­ing, plane spot­ting and astron­omy. The rub­ber ar­mour­ing gives a com­fort­able feel to the ro­bustly con­structed body. Each model in the range is tri­pod mount­able. The 10x50 is a pop­u­lar mul­ti­pur­pose all-round piece of kit also well suited as an en­try-level stargaz­ing binoc­u­lar. This model is sold along­side the Vi­sion­ary Clas­sic and Ke­pler BR so cus­tomers can com­pare all three and de­cide which is best for them.

Nov­elty Face in Space

From: faceinspace.co.uk Cost: £195 (~€224/$252) Do you strug­gle to find a gift for some­one who’s got ev­ery­thing? The Face In Space team of­fers some­thing fun and unique! They can send your spe­cial mes­sage, photo, logo or even a mince pie re­ally high on a big weather bal­loon. They film it in HD video, float­ing with the real black­ness of space with the cur­va­ture of the Earth as a back­drop. Now tak­ing book­ings for space flights de­part­ing in 2019. And that’s not all – whether you want to pro­mote your com­pany’s brand with a com­pany logo, slo­gan, small item or to sim­ply just send a photo of your­self or a friend for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, Face in Space has got it cov­ered!

Book

Haynes NASA Op­er­a­tions Man­ual

From: haynes.com/space

Cost: £22.99 (~€26/$30)

The Haynes NASA Op­er­a­tions Man­ual pro­vides

– for the first time – a com­pre­hen­sive man­ual ex­plain­ing how NASA works and op­er­ates its var­i­ous pro­grammes, open­ing the door to the space agency's fa­cil­i­ties across the United States. The ac­ces­si­ble text pro­vides a direc­tory of in­for­ma­tion on the var­i­ous fa­cil­i­ties, what they do, the tech­ni­cal pa­ram­e­ters of their equip­ment and lab­o­ra­tory as­sets and how it all fits to­gether.

Au­thor Dr David Baker worked with NASA on the Gem­ini, Apollo and Shut­tle pro­grammes be­tween 1965 and 1990 and has writ­ten more than 80 books on space­flight tech­nol­ogy. This book is a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the US agency re­spon­si­ble for the civil­ian space pro­gramme, as well as aero­nau­tics and aerospace re­search.

“They can send your spe­cial mes­sage, photo, logo or even a mince pie re­ally high on a big weather bal­loon”

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