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1 Altair Tri-Pier

Price £325 • Supplier Harrison Telescope Tel 01322 403407 • www. harrisontelescopes.co.uk

Compact and portable, this pier provides a stable base for astronomy on the go. The

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The Verdict
In 1921, Harlow Shapley still believed spiral nebulae to be swirls of gas in outer space. But not much later, his Mount Wilson colleague Edwin Hubble succeeded in photographing individual stars in the ‘Andromeda Nebula’ (Galaxy), M31. In October 1923