Space Junk
Space Junk
OPT Telescopes
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 from and Dustin Gibson from OPT Telescopes, a world leader in telescopes and accessories.
The Great Binocular Episode
Binoculars are a great way to get introduced into the hobby of amateur astronomy.  In addition to being useful for other activities like bird watching, sporting events and any outdoor activity, they are also amazing tools for looking up into the night sky.  Dustin and Tony discuss using binoculars to get acquainted with our amazing hobby and we'll teach you about many of the particulars of binocular characteristics.
Nov 24
1 hr 4 min
All About Telescope Mounts
Tripods, fork arms, equatorial, polar aligning... what does all this mean and what do you need to know when buying a telescope?  Telescope mounts are a critical component and Dustin and Tony de-mystify all of this for you.
Nov 5
56 min
All About the Radian Raptor 61 APO Refractor w/ Astrobackyard
Radian Telescopes is releasing a new APO refractor designed for imaging that will change the way astrophotography is done.  Small, lightweight and with high quality optics, the Radian Raptor 61 is poised to make a real difference in your wide field imaging. In this episode, Dustin and Trevor go through the design concepts and testing to make this telescope easy to use and enable you to get good results on your first night out astro imaging.
Oct 29
1 hr 3 min
Observing Solar Max w/ Lunt Solar Telescopes
Observing the Sun through proper solar filters has never been better - or cheaper.  Amateurs have within their grasp solar filters and telescopes that allow us to see detail and activity on the Sun previously available only to professionals.  In this episode, Dustin and Tony discuss getting into solar observations and imaging with Fay Roman, Ben Lombard and Brian Stephens - the team at Lunt Solar Systems that bring high quality solar gear to you.
Oct 5
49 min
Wide Field Telescopes w/ David Rowe
David Rowe's optical designs are in some of the best telescopes available to amateur astronomers today.  He designed the Corrected Dall-Kirkham (CDK), a telescope that allows unprecedented wide-field images; he is also the 'R' in the RASA telesccope from Celestron.  Listen to Dave's story in today's episode!
Oct 1
58 min
Ultimate Astro-Camera Episode Pt 2
In this episode, Dustin and Tony continue their discussion of astro-imaging cameras, specifically, which ones are best for different types of imaging.  Whether you want to take wide-field space scapes, high magnification planetary images, or deep sky objects, we'll cover all of that and more.
Sep 21
1 hr 1 min
Ultimate Astro-Camera Episode Pt 1
Today's astronomy camera selection is amazing, comprehensive and overwhelming!  The imaging capabilities manufacturers make available at amateurs has never been more sophisticated. Nowadays, you can do virtually any night sky imaging you can imagine with off-the-shelf equipment.  This selection is a double-edged sword though, because while you can do anything and everything these days, knowing where to start can be challenging - and expensive. This mini-series of episodes features all you'll ever need to know about about cameras used for imaging the night sky.  Dustin and Tony will dive deep, using their extensive knowledge base gathered from years of experience to help you get your bearings in this bewildering topic.  Please reach out and let us know what you think!
Sep 7
1 hr 2 min
Stellina and eVscope: A New Class of Telescopes for Amateur Astronomy
Thanks to advances in sensors, software and the implementation of the smartphone, amateur astronomy as a hobby is under going a renaissance.  Complete beginners can now enter the hobby and capture amazing views of the night sky faster and share them with the world easier.  This new class of telescopes also helps the visual observer overcome the inexorable loss of our dark skies due to light pollution.  In this episode, Dustin and Tony discuss their experiences using both telescopes and Dustin also provides some background on the Celestron Starsense accessory for the NexStar line of telescopes.
Aug 28
42 min
Amateur Astronomers, Professional Results: Tracking NEO's w/ Asteroid_Hunters
We are lucky enough to live in a time when amateur astronomers using off-the-shelf equipment can make meaningful contributions to professional astronomy.  Advances in equipment, detectors and software allow anyone with the interest, to track asteroids, comets and even measure exoplanet light curves.  In this episode, we talk with this new breed of amateur who, from his garage observatory, is helping NASA track asteroids.
Aug 18
1 hr 6 min
The Lure of Astronomy w/ Abigail Bollenbach
How old were you when you first got interested in space and astronomy?  What did you do to pursue that interest?  In this episode we meet Abigail Bollenbach, a young student just starting out in our hobby who has jumped in with both feet.  When she's not giving presentations at her local astronomy club in Oklahoma or creating planetarium shows, she can be found creating astronomy videos with Astronomy Magazine. In this episode, she tells Tony and Dustin her story of adventure in exploring space and the universe.
Aug 11
1 hr 3 min
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