As part of our essential two-part guide to becoming an astronomer (issue 44), we’ve teamed up with telescope manufacturer Meade Instruments and distributor Hama Products to offer you the chance to win a telescope kit, which comes complete with everything you need to begin touring the night sky.
With its five-inch aperture, the Meade Polaris 130 delivers exquisite views of a wide selection of night-sky objects – from Solar System targets to a variety of deep-sky objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy and the Orion Nebula. A stable German equatorial mount with slow controls enables easy tracking, allowing you to keep objects in your field of view as they move across the night sky, while a motor drive allows multi-speed tracking of the Moon, planets and stars. A stainless-steel tripod with an accessory tray – to hold the supplied 6.3mm (103x), 9mm (72x), 26mm (25x) three- element eyepieces and 2x Barlow Lens – provides the finishing touch to a sturdy and capable instrument.
A breeze to set up, this reflector offers good portability, offering you the versatility of transporting it the short distance to your back garden or further afield to your favourite dark-sky location. The supplied Autostar Suite planetarium software contains information on over 10,000 objects found in the heavens to ensure that you’re free to tour the night sky – whatever the weather!
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer this question*:
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Competition closes on 12 November 2015. Good Luck!
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