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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 from DeepAstronomy.space and Dustin Gibson from OPT Telescopes, a world leader in telescopes and accessories.
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Mack Murdoc is an astrophotographer and light artist who combines his talents to create stunning visuals.  In this episode, Mack sits down with Dustin in the studio to talk about how he creates his art.
Chris Carberry is CEO and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc. a nonprofit which was created to advance the goal of sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. The organization also encourages the use of STEM curriculum in the classroom to instill a desire to pursue space exploration for future generations. Chris is also the author of a new book, "Alcohol in Space", a fascinating look at the effects of alcohol on astronauts and its role in culture as it relates to space exploration.
Skywatcher is a company that is very familiar to amateur astronomers and this episode offers a great chance to learn more about this company!  Please join Dustin Gibson and Tony Darnell as they discuss Skywatcher with Jeff Simon and Kevin Legore.
Shawn is a big user of Pix Insight and shares his knowledge with the rest of us in the hobby.  In this episode, Shawn shares his journey traveling the skies as an amateur astronomer.
AstroBackyard stopped by the studios of OPT to discuss everything from astrophotography, philosophy and science communication
Rising Twitch streamer EconGreg joins us this week to talk about his amazing community and efforts to stream observing session live from his equipment.  Greg's day job is professor of Economics and he uses Twitch in his professional education efforts as well.  
David Nagler is back in this episode to talk about the future of visual observing and all the cool stuff going on at Tele Vue.
So you're new to the night sky and want to know the coolest things you should look at on these cold winter evenings?  Wait no further because the answer to your questions are in this episode.  Join Dustin and Tony as they talk about what's up this month, what you need to image or observe these amazing objects and, as always, lots more.
Q and A w/ Dustin and Tony

Q and A w/ Dustin and Tony

2020-01-2201:03:33

This episode features feedback from you, our audience!  Dustin and Tony discuss everything from how to be an astronomer to what damage the Starlink satellites are going to do to our night skies.  Please reach out with more questions and comments so we can do more episodes like this.
As we say goodbye a banner year in amateur astronomy, full of new and exciting technologies and discoveries, Dustin and Tony reflect on 2019 with an eye towards 2020.
The largest ground-based telescope ever is being built in Chile right now.  In this episode Dustin and Tony talk with James Fanson, the Project Manager for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT).
Craig Stark is a neuroscientist who has taken his experience with imaging brains to the skies.  The developer of the popular astronomy programs Nebulosity and PHD, he talks with Dustin about neuroscience, astrophotography, processing and more.
One of the most satisfying activities in astro imaging is getting high quality, high contrast images of the planets in our own solar system.  The bands and Great Red Spot of Jupiter, the wondrous rings of Saturn and the challenging dark spots of Neptune are now in the grasp of amateurs using off the shelf equipment.  In this episode we talk with Christopher Go, an amateur from the Philippines who has master many planetary imaging techniques to create stunning images of the planets.  
What are our latest effort with regard to listening for and otherwise searching for life in the universe?  Andrew Semion from the SETI Institute joins us to talk about some of our tools on the forefront of the search, like the Allen Telescope Array, and we also talk about what we think we'll find, if anything.
Understanding galaxies and how they form is hard enough for most astronomers, but have you ever tried to create one?  Space artist Lanchen Mihalic tells us how she creates galaxies from resin, an art medium that inspires her to make some of the most stunning images of galaxies and our night sky.
Jason Thomas is an avid science fiction and fantasy fan who uses his passion as a bridge to enjoy astronomy.  In this episode, Tony and Dustin talk with Jason about some of his adventures in a galaxy far, far away.  Please note some of this language is adult in nature, listener discretion is advised.
Astrophotography is an amazing hobby, but it's also full of very busy work: setting up, focusing and aligning telescopes, taking calibration images, finding dark skies, all of this is very time consuming.  In today's episode, we talk with astrophotographer Jimmy Nguyen who takes a simple approach both to his equipment choices and his methodology.  Keeping it simple, with Jimmy Nguyen...
Tim Morrill is one of the foremost amateur imagers of the Sun.  In this episode, Dustin and Tony talk with him about how he got started, what equipment he uses and his techniques for processing.
This week's episode features astrophotographer and outstanding Moon imager Andrew McCarthy.  He's been imaging the Moon, planets and deep sky objects for many years, but is known as the "Moon Guy" on his @cosmic_background account on Instagram. Listen to his story and get his imaging secrets and advice in this week's episode!
Athena Brensberger, aka @AstroAthens, is a model and science communicator.  She embarked on her modelling career while she was a researcher at the Hayden Planetarium studying proto-planetary disks, the embryos of solar systems around other stars. As her modelling career advances, she also uses her platform to communicate one of her passions: astronomy.  Her Instagram account has hundreds of thousands of followers and her YouTube channel garners thousands of views.  In this episode Dustin and Tony talk with Athena about everything from modelling, astrophysicists in fashion and how she approaches communicating to her audience, many of whom may not be aware of how great space is!
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Where is the new episodes? Why did Castbox just delete them?

Feb 24th
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Yet another great Episode and how to work with resin.

Dec 13th
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Another good episode with Cathrin Machin. (^^,)

Dec 13th
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A good episode with Cathrin Machin. (^^,)

Dec 13th
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Steve Davies

awesome show

Oct 22nd
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Steve Davies

lol.. get up and tell everyone about apparent magnitude XD

Oct 22nd
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Steve Davies

omg my space cherry lost its cream..lol

Oct 21st
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Steve Davies

Wow! I'm going to get 5min with Andromeda galaxy.

Oct 19th
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