30 Funny & Interesting Photos Without Context, As Shared By This Facebook Page





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Here are the 30 funny and interesting perspective photos without context, as shared by this Facebook page “Some Images”. The Facebook page “Some Images” posts funny and weird pictures without providing any context to them. The images posted on the Facebook page are so bizarre that they might fill your head with lots of questions while making you laugh.

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River Claure’s photographs explore Bolivian Andean identity


Bolivian photographer River Claure is intrigued by how collective identity is formed and the influence of external perspectives. To him, these questions are inseparable from photography, and the stronghold Europe and North America has had over how people and cultures have been documented. These images, particularly of the global south, have revolved around exoticism, inferiority, otherness, “and Bolivia was no exception. I think that being represented for so long in the same way strongly affects the conception of identity of a whole region,” he says.

With the aim of disrupting a binary view of cultural identity, Claure emphasises the patchwork of contrasts and experiences that shape people. He feels these can be summed up by a term in the Aymara language, ‘Ch’ixi’, which refers to a grey colour created by Aymara weavers braiding different coloured threads together. It’s this inbetween state that he’s most fascinated by.

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His perspective shifted when he moved to Madrid for his Masters studies. “Living outside my country of origin inevitably made me think about my roots and reflect on the elements with which I identify, and the way in which the ‘margins’ are observed from Europe,” he says. “My time outside Bolivia also made me appreciate the relationship I have with the landscape, not only the natural but also the urban.”

In Madrid, he began to question where he belonged, a feeling that eventually gave rise to his project, Warawar Wawa. He says the series “proposes a visual alternative to the traditional ideas representing the Bolivian Andes”, resulting in images that are fantastical but not folkloric, while blending historic customs with nods to “ideas and realities of the present”, such as the Barcelona football shirt worn by the young protagonist featured.

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The project is based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella Le Petit Prince, which follows an aviator stranded in the desert and his encounter with a remarkable, thought-provoking child – the little prince – who lives on an asteroid. Claure’s interpretation translates to Son of the Stars, as he says there is no real concept of monarchy in Bolivian Andean culture. The reference to stars and cosmology in the title also allowed him to conjure a “fantastic or magical visual universe” while respecting the Aymaran emphasis on nature as a “superior entity”.

The series is filled with symbols that audiences will be able to dissect to varying degrees. Claure is particularly interested in Christian iconography, but rather than simply injecting these motifs into the project, he uses them as a point of tension. “There is an image in the project La Virgen Cerro that represents the Virgin Mary and at the same time represents the Pachamama (Mother Earth in the Aymara culture),” he says as an example.

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Since creating Warawar, Claure’s focus has remained firmly planted on Bolivia, but in his new work, he’s examining the lasting impact of post-colonialism on mining communities in particular. Alongisde his carefully orchestrated photography, he’s keen to introduce photographs from his family archive to reflect his personal connection to the concept.

“My own family history is marked by this work, both of my grandfathers were miners at some point in their lives,” he says. “The history of mining is a fundamental part in the construction of the imaginary and identity that many Bolivians have.”

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Canon EOS R10 is now $100 off this Black Friday/Cyber Monday


Save $100 on the RRP of the Canon EOS R10 over at Walmart. (opens in new tab)

The brand new Canon EOS R10 has only been around for a few months this year but it’s already cheaper than the retail price over at Walmart for just $879 (opens in new tab) a price we’ve seen throughout the Black Friday weekend and we’re hoping to see continue over to Cyber Monday.

The new mirrorless camera has a 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor which also records 4K UHD 30p video footage. Combine that with the EOS R10’s maximum ISO sensitivity of 32,000 we’d suggest this is plenty good enough for astrophotography if you’re a casual photographer hoping to use it as a generalist camera, too. With that in mind, some buyers may be interested in our Best beginner cameras guide.

Thanks to the flip-around vari-angle LCD screen it’s useful for vloggers or any content creator who wants to record and see themselves without setting up a separate monitor. Though we wouldn’t recommend this is your main aim is astrophotography because full-frame cameras perform better in this area because they lower image noise. The main benefit of the R10 though is lots of mirrorless functionality in a small, lightweight package from Canon that has its most up-to-date stamp.

Because the Canon EOS R10 isn’t an astro-specialist we’d hope to see it perform well in other generalist areas like portraits, landscapes and a bit of wildlife or sports. Fortunately, Canon has taken this into account and it’s packed full of helpful features. It captures photos at 15FPS using the mechanical shutter and uses the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology to track focus continuously (if required) using its intelligent people, animal and vehicle autofocusing. All this for $100 less than the retail price (opens in new tab).

It’s compatible with the Canon RF-S/RF lens group but if you want to use older EF and EF-S lenses then use the EF-EOS R mount adapter to expand your lens range — particularly helpful for existing Canon DSLR users who want to upgrade to the very latest beginner mirrorless camera technology without dropping a ton of money on lens upgrades, too.

Be sure to check out Space.com’s Black Friday deals page, or our guide to the Best cameras for photos and videos or the Best cameras for astrophotography.

In pictures: a snapshot of Lithuanian photography


Growing up in Vilnius in the 1990s, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte thought it was perfectly natural to be taught about the humanist tradition of Lithuanian photographers while still at high school. “They were kind of like household names in Lithuania,” says Kiliulyte of Antanas Sutkus, Vitas Luckus and Romualdus Rakauskas — all masters of black and white social documentary.

Only after moving to Scotland in 2006 to study at the Glasgow School of Art did she become fully aware of Lithuania’s outsize contribution to art photography. Witnessing the Lithuanian Season of Photography organised by Glasgow’s Street Level Photoworks gallery in 2014, Kiliulyte was struck by the international reputation her countrymen and women enjoyed.

“At first, I thought this was quite random,” she says. “After researching, I realised Lithuania’s tradition of photography is historically quite unique.”

This distinctive history can be traced to the establishment of the Lithuanian Society of Art Photography in 1969 — a unionised photography group that was the first and only one of its kind permitted in the former USSR. One of its founders was Sutkus, whose resolutely unheroic portraits of children put him at odds with officials who wanted more upbeat depictions of life in the USSR. Sutkus, however, preferred to create what he once called a “psychological portrait of contemporary man”.

Two pictures by Antanas Sutkus: ‘Pioneer, Ignalina’ (1964) . . . © Antanas Sutkus
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Beginning in 1973, photographers would gather in the resort town of Nida on the Curonian Spit — a huge bar of sand dunes stretching along the Baltic — to exhibit and critique one another’s work, far from the watchful eye of the state. Vilnius Photography Gallery opened in the same year.

Following independence in 1990, the Society of Art Photography continued as the Lithuanian Photographers’ Association, led today by Gintaras Česonis. He sees Lithuanian photography’s tradition of mutual support as integral to its global stature, giving it an influence disproportionate to the country’s tiny population.

“Being in a group, in collaboration, artists can do way more than functioning alone,” says Česonis, who is also curator of the Kaunas Photography Gallery, another product of the 1970s photography scene. “Lithuanian photography became so visible because artists could compete on one hand but collaborate on the other hand. They could be together when it was needed to fight for rights and opportunities.”

A key moment was an exhibition entitled 9 Lithuanian Photographers, held in Moscow in 1969. The show had a strongly humanist aesthetic, with series of images depicting everyday life in Lithuania as a distinct ethnographic identity.

“They were really impressed by this idea that you could photograph reality but still you could trace it to the level of art by showing the emotions of people, by showing ideas,” says Agnė Narušytė, art historian and theorist at Vilnius Academy of Arts.

After independence, artists such as Gintautas Trimakas, Remigijus Treigys and Alvydas Lukys pushed Lithuanian photography in a conceptual direction, their “TTL” collective exploring the medium’s abstract potential.

Although no single style now dominates, Lithuanian photography continues to thrive. The Nida Photography Symposium is now pushing 50, while worldwide interest remains strong. The German publisher Steidl, for example, has published four volumes of Sutkus’s work, and an exhibition of Lithuanian photography was recently held in Beijing.

Below are profiles of six contemporary photographers born or working in Lithuania.


Tadas Kazakevičius

Tadas Kazakevičius is a Lithuanian artist living in Vilnius who documents the disappearing traditions of life in the country. His practice is inspired by the documentary photography of Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Jack Delano, whose work for the US Farm Security Administration captured life in rural America during the Great Depression.


Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte

Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte is a Lithuanian artist who lives and works in Glasgow. Her practice employs photography, sound and the moving image to explore nostalgia, migration and climate change. She has exhibited internationally and is currently a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art.


Valentyn Odnoviun

Valentyn Odnoviun is a Ukrainian-born photographer living in Vilnius, where he is completing a PhD on the intersections among Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish and Czechoslovak art photographers in the second half of the 20th century. His practice centres on photography as a medium in which abstraction and reason collide.


Andrew Miksys

Andrew Miksys is an American-born photographer with Lithuanian heritage. Travelling to Vilnius to visit relatives in 1995, he was struck by the pace of change as the city adapted to life after socialism. In 1998, he was awarded a Fulbright grant and moved to Lithuania permanently. Baxt, his project documenting Lithuania’s Romani families, was recently exhibited at Vilnius’s Mo Museum.


Geistė Kinčinaitytė

Geistė Kinčinaitytė is a Lithuanian photographer who describes herself as an alien anthropologist. Her practice uses photography, moving images and sound to explore the relationship between the body and the landscape, the weird and the eerie. She is currently completing a PhD in film and screen studies at the University of Cambridge.


Dovilė Dagienė

Dovilė Dagienė is a Lithuanian artist and photographer working in Vilnius whose practice explores themes of memory, imagination, time and place. Her series “Boy with a Stick” was awarded the second prize at the 2015 World Photography Awards.

How to deal with grief of losing a loved one? NatGeo photographer Paul Nicklen shows how on mother’s death


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Therapists will tell you that not everyone can process grief without rude and painful scars on their minds and soul. Some can handle it well by calling forth their inner strength and using their fall-back system to gain support while they pick up the pieces of their life and begin marching again. Some, unfortunately, can go to pieces in grief, guilt, anger, helplessness, and remorse.

Nat Geo’s celebrated photographer Paul Nicklen has posted a touching note on his Instagram handle.

@paulnicklen “We lost our beautiful mother, Louise Roy, yesterday. @mitty and I have lived right next door to my mom for the past 12 years and these have been the best years of my life because of it. My mom ran a successful business with my brother @aaron_nicklen and the fact that we saw our mom every day is an incredible gift that we will never forget. To have had that level of warmth, guidance, support and most of all, matriarchal love, on a daily basis was the greatest gift of all. True to her French heritage, she lived with true “Joie de Vivre”. Her life was a festive party, and she lived by a set of values that allowed her to be loved and admired by everyone she met. Every morning, she hiked up a small local mountain, often with our dogs in tow. In her mid-seventies, she was in the best shape of her life and had recently retired. Tragically, a brain tumour took her from us way too early. Her kindness and generosity live on in all of us and now we carry on, trying to uphold her values as we grieve her loss. We will celebrate her life at Yates Funeral Home, Parksville, BC on November 27 at 2 pm.

This man has only just lost his mother (two weeks ago) to a brain tumour and was to oversee the beloved mum’s funeral service on Sunday (27 November) afternoon.

With a beautiful photograph of Mama Bear and her two cubs, Paul Nicklen wrote on Sunday 27 November:

@paulnicklen “A mother polar bear would do just about anything to keep her cubs from harm, gently guiding them through a shifting and unpredictable world of melting ice and snow. Mothers are the world’s teachers of resilience, vulnerability, patience, and the fathomless reaches of unconditional love. They keep us safe, feed us, shelter us, and guide us back to ourselves when we become lost. Above all, however, they teach us to hold onto courage in the face of the unknown, giving us the strength to keep them in our hearts even after they finally leave us. Today I would like to honor all mothers across the world as I say goodbye to my own. It will be wonderful to see so many of you at today’s service at Yates Funeral Home at 2pm. #gratitude #life #love #mom

That touching tribute is Paul Nicklen’s way of dealing with the grief of losing his mother. He glorifies all mothers in the world whose “fathomless reaches of unconditional love” and demonstration of their own “resilience, vulnerability, and patience” mould us into strong and capable individuals and also “teach us to hold onto courage in the face of the unknown, giving us the strength to keep them in our hearts even after they finally leave us.”

Paul Nicklen is not just a celebrated photographer who has done National Geographic proud with the numerous wildlife and nature photographs, he also co-founded SeaLegacy, a nonprofit collective of photographers and filmmakers that aims to inspire the conservation of the world’s oceans. A powerful climate change warrior, he is a part of who’s who in conservation. Al Gore also uses images Nicklen has shot in his lectures on climate change. “It’s an image that really allows you to have a microphone and discuss the biggest issue of our time,” Nicklen says.

So, back to how each one of us processes and deals with the loss of a dear family member.

Dealing with the death of a friend, your family, or your special someone will always be hard and may seem like the end of the world when it has just happened. You may feel at that moment that you will never be able to learn to cope, absolutely impossible. But do remember, things will always get better though at times it will be very hard.

We’ve all been through the event of the death of a near and dear one, at least once. Our condolemnces if you have visited this space after such a loss. Please see the tips below on how to help yourself sort out the gamut of feelings that emerge and threaten to drown you at the moment.

1. Do not be harsh on yourself and do allow yourself to grieve without judgment. You may experience sadness, could be upset, or even feel lost. The line “strong men do not cry” is a huge lie. Don’t be angry at yourself for feeling sad, or tell yourself that you should “man up” or get over the loss. You need not be ashamed or shy of grieving or crying or silently feeling sad as any of those can be the likely and legitimate reaction to a dear one’s death.

2. Stop blaming yourself or that you could have helped it but did not. This wasn’t your fault, you have no reason to be angry at yourself. You may find your mind welling up with any of the feelings listed below:

  • Denial or disbelief about the death
  • Shock or emotional numbness
  • Ruminating in your mind over how you could have “saved” the deceased
  • Regret for things you might have done
  • Helplessness or hopelessness
  • Anger or irritability
  • Guilt
  • Finding it tough to go through daily activities

3. You must also not compare your reaction to another’s. Just because another person is crying and choking on tears while you seem to handle it well, does not mean anything bad about either you or that person. Everyone has their individual ways to cope and express.

4. Take a few days off and stay around friends or family. This way you will become each other’s support system, watching over each other’s wellbeing. Seek leave from office or school, share stories that you have of your loved oneshare a meal, activity, or hobby that your loved one enjoyed. Even if you have not much of a bond with the other family members or friends, you can work together to plan the memorial service.

5. Turn tears into flowers. Use the funeral as an opportunity to celebrate your loved one’s life. What has happened may not likely be reversed but why cherish only the sad loss? Your memories of a loved one are likely overpowering, but many of them will be beautiful, poignant, happy moments. Take a vow at the funeral service that henceforth your loved one will only live on in your heart and memories.

6. Stay positive, busy and focussed in the weeks and months to come. Take on activities that challenge your planning and execution and get engrossed. This diversion just might allow you to emerge from the sea of emotions that threatens to overwhelm you. This is not running away but a brief break tto gather your energies and return to deal with emotions with renewed vigour.

7. If you still find it hard to cope, speak with friends, family members. Or therapists.If you still feel you are unable to cope, reach out to a counsellor. Therapists are there to help in a tried and tested manner and there should be no stigma or shame in taking the help of a counsellor.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

Cyber Monday Deals live now: Telescopes, VR headsets, Lego and more


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Act fast! Get Peacock for just $1 per month for a full year

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Stream Battlestar Galactica and other amazing sci-fi for less courtesy of Peacock, but act fast before this Cyber Monday deal expires.

This Cyber Monday deal on Peacock can save you a whopping 80% (opens in new tab) for the full year, which includes a great mix of new TV shows and classic movies. Aside from BSG, you’ll find superhero show Heroes, the universe-hopping 1990s show Sliders, recent comedy Resident Alien, and older movies like Phantasm and Serenity (the follow-up to Firefly). 

Those are just some of the space and sci-fi options available on Peacock, and this deal will likely fly away quickly. if you’re looking for more streaming offers, we’ve also posted about deals on 50% off Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) and Hulu for just $1.99 per month (opens in new tab) too, among other Cyber Monday streaming deals of the universe.

Rocket away with up to 32% off on Cyber Monday Estes deals

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Impress your space history buff with model rockets from trusted brand name Estes, which will complete their collection for Cyber Monday.

The Estes Saturn V moon rocket 1:200 Scale will let you relive human lunar missions at just $73.29 at Amazon (opens in new tab), or 18% off. Another key player in early space history, the Estes 7255 Little Joe I, is just $93.59 at Amazon (opens in new tab) or 26% off.

Alternatively, you can snag the Estes 810 220 Swift Flying Model Rocket Kit, Brown/A at $7.49 at Amazon (opens in new tab) or 32% off,  the Estes 2169 Dragonite Flying Model Rocket Kit at $16.49 at Amazon (opens in new tab) or 13% off, and the Estes Hi-Flier Flying Model Rocket Kit at $12.60 at Amazon (opens in new tab) or 12% off.

Get yourself the wadding, engines and other components your flight plan requires and you’ll be all set to go. Check out our best model rockets guide for informed discount shopping, or consider our Black Friday deals page, our guides to the best drones, best cameras for photos and videos, and best cameras for astrophotography.

Fly away with 72% savings on this HR Drone for kids this Cyber Monday

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This is a Cyber Monday discount that is sure to lift off quickly! 

The HR Drone for Kids is hovering at a low price of $35.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab) , and likely won’t last long at that price. At nearly $100 off, you will save 72 percent on the perfect gift for your high-flying child, allowing you to fill out your holiday roster at a discount price. 

Enjoy the high-definition camera for in-inflight imagery and video, which you can livestream to your phone with the right connection. Beginners will especially love the feature allowing you to guide your drone along a flight path drawn on your phone.

Our guides to the best drones have more deals on offer. Otherwise, you can snag a lot of high-flying gifts at Space.com’s Black Friday deals page, or our guides to the best cameras for photos and videos and best cameras for astrophotography.

Remember to beam up Paramount Plus and save 50% on a full year for Cyber Monday

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Get your Star Trek and Halo cravings on with a deep discount on Paramount Plus ahead of Cyber Monday.

Paramount Plus is offering a 50% discount on its two streaming plans, allowing you to warp speed through sci-fi shows and space content as long as you are ready to binge on the annual plan. This deal will end today (Nov. 27), so act quickly.

Snag your infinite streaming for a year on Paramount Plus for as low as $24.99 a year (opens in new tab) or about $2 a month, on an ads tier. The ad-free Premium tier is also half off, at an impressive $49.99 a year or just over $4 a month. 

If Paramount Plus isn’t your preferred service, check out our other Cyber Monday streaming deals to satisfy your sci-fi cravings. You can also see our latest Cyber Monday deals for non-streaming bargains.

Join the Jedi with this 80% off Star Wars lightsaber Cyber Monday gift

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Use the Force for up to 84% off on a huge range of lightsaber deals and gifts this Cyber Monday.

You’ll want to hyperdrive fast into the Tigoola Pixel Lightsaber Star Wars deal, now just $81 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (compared with the usual $509.99). It includes 13 colors, five sound modes, and aluminum alloy hand grip.

Close behind is the HOCET Star Wars Neo Realistic Pixel Lightsaber, an incredible 82% off and now just now $93.59 at Amazon (opens in new tab). It includes 13 colors, five sound modes, and aluminum alloy hand grip.

These gifts are perfect for padawans or long-time fans and believe us, those are only the beginning of Star Wars content. Consider our best lightsabers guide for 2022 if you want more fighting options. Or you can also see all of our best Lego Star Wars sets and our best Lego Star Wars deals to stock up for Cyber Monday.

Save a stellar 20% on National Geographic 70 computerized telescope

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There’s a galactic Cyber Monday deal on that will satisfy your amateur astronomer this holiday season. This National Geographic 70 Computerized Refractor Telescope is 20% off at Kohl’s (opens in new tab) and is simply stellar at $236.79, an incredible $133 discount.

Be sure to use the SHOP20 code at checkout to secure the discount. The computerized telescope will swing among the stars just as you desire, allowing you to look at the moon, some planets, and a clutch of your favorite constellations.

Included in this incredible deal are a tripod and two eyepieces. This telescope is compact, allowing you to bring it around your residence, on your balcony or in your vehicle for stargazing in just the right location.

Check out even more Cyber Monday discounts in our best telescopes, best telescopes for deep space or best telescopes for seeing planets. Entry-level astronomers might enjoy best telescopes for beginners or, for youngsters, best telescopes for kids.

Get 44% off this National Geographic Explorer 114 telescope from Kohl’s

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When you combine code SHOP20 at Kohl’s, you can make an impressive saving of over $90 (opens in new tab)on this reflector from National Geographic’s line of telescopes. The National Geographic Explorer 114 is manufactured by company Explore Scientific.  

Featuring a 114mm aperture and a focal length of 500mm, this instrument allows the astronomer to get up close to some of the most dazzling deep-sky targets, splitting double stars with ease, get lost in star clusters and magnify nebulas. The rugged surface of the moon is also stunning through the eyepiece (26mm and 9.7mm Plössls are supplied), along with the planets of our solar system.

Aimed at beginners, the Explorer 114 comes with a simple equatorial mounting system. This enables observers to track chosen targets as the Earth rotates for clear images should astronomers wish to dabble in some basic smartphone astrophotography with this exquisite telescope. 

Also included in the package is an adjustable tripod, red dot finderscope, Stellarium computer software and star map, supplying the astronomer with everything they need for a well-equipped observing session.

The Svbony SV550 is now $160 off this Cyber Monday!

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If you’re wanting to make short work of creating exquisite deep-sky astrophotos, then look no further than the SV550 APO triplet refractor. This Cyber Monday, it’s a steal from Amazon with $160 off the retail price (opens in new tab).

Thanks to low-dispersion ED glass and correction glass, the Svbony SV550 is able to rid observations and images of chromatic aberration, which can often plague bright night-sky targets. What’s more, the telescope also makes use of an air-spaced triple optical system, which eliminates any blue or purple fringing. 

The SV550 is also made of magnesium alloy material for a lightweight design that makes the instrument easy to carry, while a 180mm dovetail plate ensures that this refractor is versatile for fitting to your chosen mount and tripod. 

This Lego Star Wars deal gets you the rare, retiring Imperial Probe Droid for its lowest price ever

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Save 30% on the list price of this Lego Star Wars Imperial Probe Droid, which is set to retire soon — so grab it while you still can.

This Lego Star Wars set gives owners the chance to relive the epic Galactic Empire encounters in miniature form at home. There’s a transparent segment that gives the appearance of the Imperial droid being suspended over the snowy planet, Hoth. Fortunately for you, it’s not just Amazon giving you this great Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal but you can find the same deal at Target (opens in new tab).

The set isn’t too big either, according to the manufacturer the Imperial Probe Droid model will stand 10.5-inches (27 cm) tall, sit 9-inches (24 cm) wide and extends 4 inches (11 cm) deep.

Want a Lego set but aren’t sure which one yet? Take a look at our Cyber Monday Lego deals of 2022.

Save $80 on the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX130 telescope

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Save $80 on one of the best telescopes for beginners on the market. Combining a 130mm aperture and 650mm focal length with Celestron’s usual good build quality and sharp optics makes the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ great for observing nebulas, galaxies and star clusters.

With a decent 16% Black Friday saving the telescope also comes with all the accessories you need to get started straight out of the box. Two eyepieces, (25mm and 10mm) the telescope mount and tripod (preassembled), a StarPointer finderscope, accessory tray and StarSense Explorer phone dock for use with smartphones. 

Download the StarSense app and quickly use the telescope to navigate the night sky without any prior knowledge of the night sky, and place it in the dock to align with the telescope itself.

60% Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal on the JOBY GorillaPod 5K Tripod Kit with Rig

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The remarkable thing about this particular GorillaPod kit, which is available at Adorama with a massive 60% saving, is that it has arms. You can use it to hold phones, lights, microphones or even a small secondary camera like a GoPro. You can also hold the ‘arms’ while recording a video or selfie.

Joby has made a name for itself over the last few decades as a purveyor of an innovative tripod style that uses articulated ball joints that twist around anything and everything to give you the flexibility to stabilize your camera wherever you may find yourself. That might be railings, lamp posts, benches or anything else you may come across in the urban landscape, but also natural landscape features like rocks and trees, excellent for timelapse photography and astrophotography when you don’t want to carry a larger tripod.

 Despite only weighing 0.84kg/1.85lb, the Joby GorillaPod 5k can hold up to — as the name suggests — 5k/11lbs of kit, which is very impressive for such a small tripod. If you’re off out on a trek or simply don’t have enough space or weight allowance left in your luggage, that is where this tripod comes into its own — when folded, it is a mere 43.18cm long, so it takes up hardly any space. Check out our guides to the best tripods and best travel tripods to discover more.

The new Canon EOS R10 is now $100 cheaper this Black Friday/Cyber Monday

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The Canon EOS R10 mirrorless camera was only launched a few months ago but you can already save $100 on the retail price than the retail price over at Walmart for just $879, a price we spotted it this Black Friday weekend and we’re hoping to see continue over to Cyber Monday.

This entry-level APS-C crop sensor mirrorless camera is fitted with a 24.2 Megapixel CMOS image sensor that captures 4K UHD 30p video footage. When we look at the maximum ISO sensitivity of 32,000 we’re confident it’s strong enough to cope with most casual astrophotographer’s needs as well as more generalist use. It’s suited for portraits, landscapes and a bit of wildlife thanks to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocusing system (that can track people, animals and vehicles) and its 15FPS maximum burst speed for stills photographs.

Take a look at our round-up of the Best mirrorless cameras and Best cameras for photos and videos overall if you want to shop around, though.

Save a massive $760 off this Autel EVO II V2 Pro drone bundle

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The Autel Robotics EVO II V2 Pro has an on-board 6K camera to capture large stills images while flying for up for 40 minutes and in that time, if you can manage it, the drone can be controlled for up to a distance of 9KM. In the market for a rugged 6K drone? This is probably one of the best drones out there.

It’s not just the drone you get with this excellent $760 saving from Adorama, it’s also bundled with everything you need to get up in the air. 

Not sure if this drone is right for you? Be sure to check out our other Black Friday drone deals, we’ve found a brilliant offer on the DJI Mini 2 bundle that’s not to be missed.

These moon lamp gifts will bring holiday cheer for up to 30% off

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Light up your astronomy fan’s life with a wide variety of moon lamps, all between 20% and 30% off.

The star deal is the VGAzer Moon Lamp, which is just $71.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab) and an incredible 20% off. It hovers via magic magnetism and can pivot between three different lighting intensities for soft nightlighting or powerful party vibes.

Alternatively, the well-known brand Mydethun has a 16-color moon lamp for just $23.16 at Amazon (opens in new tab) which is 20% off with far more shades. The biggest discount is the Logrotate-16 color lamp (pictured) that is only $13.98 at Amazon.

If you’re on the hunt for other space decor, check out Space.com’s Black Friday deals page. There are lots of discount ways to check out the moon for real, too, through our best telescopes, our best binoculars, and the 10 best Black Friday telescope deals we’ve seen so far of 2022.

Bring your next gift into focus for less: The Nikon ProStaff P3 8×42 waterproof binoculars are 15% off

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Searching for a somewhat bulky stocking stuffer for your space fan? Binoculars are the perfect choice and this pair is sturdy enough to stand up to nearly anything.

The Nikon ProStaff P3 8×42 waterproof binoculars are 16% off at Best Buy (opens in new tab). They’re resistant against water, shock and fog and priced at a bargain $119.95, which is absolute basement-style pricing in astronomy.

You’ll get a deep discount on one of the best brands of astronomy, as Nikon has been around for over 100 years. Included also are fully coated lenses to reduce glare and a generous 42 mm lens and 8x magnification to peer at wildlife or distant stars.

If you want more astronomical options beyond this deal, you can check out our best binoculars of 2022, or fans of this brand can head over to our best Nikon cameras to pair up with the bino set for image captures in the field.

Spy this holiday deal! The Celestron 76mm Signature Series FirstScope bundle is 10% off

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Bathe yourself in the moon’s glow with this lunar-adorned version of the Celestron 76mm Signature Series FirstScope. 

The Celestron 76mm Signature Series FirstScope is just $64.86 at Amazon (opens in new tab), offering an incredibly compact beginner’s telescope along with astronomy software and an illustrated e-book. All this is available for 10% less, so act quickly while stock is available. 

Celestron, one of the most recognized brands in astronomy, has a special treat for this telescope: the moon image includes 10 targets you can practice finding in this telescope. It’s tabletop size, easy to fit on a balcony or in a car to get the most out of your observing time. Two eyepieces and a flexible repositioning system allow you to get a fix on different targets in the sky, like galaxies, Saturn’s rings or the Milky Way.

If you’re looking for more beginners’ telescopes before committing to this deal, do check out out our bargain beginner telescopes guide, or the deals in our best telescopes guide. 

A perfect stocking stuffer! Mandalorian and Grogu Amazon Fire TV Sticks are up to 39% off

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Get your Grogu moves on with this incredible value gift idea for your Star Wars fan.

Amazon’s Fire Stick is available in two shades for Star Wars padawans: iconic Grogu (Baby Yoda) green for just $41.98 (opens in new tab), or 39% off the base price. If you prefer blue after Din Djarin, the Mandalorian himself, you can score one for just $36.98 (opens in new tab) or 37% off the base price.  

The Grogu Green Fire TV Stick 4K allows for glorious 4K streaming with a little image of Grogu amid stars and the Star Wars logo text. You can also summon Disney Plus using the included Alexa button. Otherwise, nab your Bounty Blue version that has images of The Mandalorian, Grogu and the logo of the hit series; there’s no 4K on the blue one, but it still has Alexa available.

If you’re not fussy about your stick having a Star Wars flare to it, there are even more options out there for you. Just hyperdrive over to our full roundup of Amazon Fire TV Stick deals for Black Friday. You can also see all of our best Lego Star Wars sets and our best Lego Star Wars deals to pick up more bargain deals for your big fan.

Save 50% on Celestron’s 114AZ-SR beginner’s telescope

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If you’re looking for a great beginner’s telescope that won’t break the bank, this Celestron 114AZ-SR telescope is nearly 50% off at Kohl’s (opens in new tab), on sale for $111.99 down from $219.99, and comes with everything you need to start photographing the night sky with your smartphone. 

You’ll save $108 on this smartphone-ready telescope, which is a 114mm Newtonian reflector that comes bundled with additional eyepieces and other accessories for get you started on your night sky adventure. Unlike the tabletop FirstScope, which is also on sale for Black Friday, the Celestron 114AZ-SR comes with a full-size tripod that’s lightweight enough to be portable, but stable enough for observing while standing along side. 

Like the “SR” in its name suggests, this telescope comes with a mount smartphone adaptor mount to keep your phone’s camera secure against its eyepiece during photo sessions. It also has two Plössl eyepieces at 26mm and 9.7mm sizes with 1.25-inch mounts, and a red dot StarPointer finderscope for targeting and calibration.

The telescope is not computerized, so you’ll have to align it yourself and research what’s up in the night sky when observing, but it does come with Celestron’s SkyPortal smartphone app and the skywatching software Starry Night to help you identify what, when and where to look at in the night sky. Celestron is an icon of skywatching hardware, so the instrument comes from manufacturer with a proven track record of quality hardware.

If this telescope isn’t exactly what you’re looking for this Black Friday, you do have options. You can check out our top 10 Black Friday telescope deals, our guide to the best telescopes around now or just the best telescope deals overall for more.

Lego Robot Inventor Kit is 20% off

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If you have a future roboticist at hope just looking for new robots to assemble, this Lego Robot Inventor kit may be the gift you’re looking for this Christmas. 

Currently on sale for 20% off at Lego.com (opens in new tab), at $287.99 down from $359.99, this Lego Robot Inventor Kit will allow kids to build five different basic robot designs and code them to move using an associated Robot Inventor App that uses a visual based interface to string commands together. It also includes microphone and camera input, so young builders can say “Stop!” if it’s getting out of control. Color and distance sensors allow the robots to react to basic inputs as well.

The set is a more general version of Lego’s amazing Star Wars Droid Commander (opens in new tab), which has been retired and is hard to find. Like the Droid Commander set, the Lego Robot Inventor Kit is also due to be retired soon, so this may be among the lowest prices it will be before it’s gone.

A huge Black Friday saving: Celestron Nature DX 8×42 binocular now under $100

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Save $70 on the Celestron Nature DX 8×42 binoculars this Black Friday from one of our favorite optics manufacturers in the stargazing game.

Binoculars are a great alternative to stargazing with telescopes because they’re also useful for daytime observing of subjects like birds, wildlife and aviation. Offering a relatively wide field with 8x magnification, the Nature DX 8×42 binoculars make it easy to track moving subjects because they don’t disappear out of view quickly.

Pair that with decent 42mm objective lenses and these are good for general observing, especially when light levels start to drop near twilight. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a pair of the best binoculars this Black Friday but weren’t sure which ones are right, the generalist Celestron Nature DX 8×42 could be the perfect compromise.

Encalife Star Light Galaxy Projector 42% off

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If you’re like us here at Space.com, finding a way to bring space down to Earth is a lifelong pursuit and you can set the scene at home for a great price with this Encalife Star Light Projector deal at Amazon for Black Friday.

Right now, you can save 42% on this Star Light Galaxy Projector (opens in new tab) and cover your home with an illuminating starry sky and colors. Amazon is offering the star projector for $34.97,  a $25 savings off its usual $59.97 price. 

We reviewed this star project earlier this year and were impressed with not just its light show, but ability to serve as  Bluetooth speaker, as well. If you’re a stickler for science accuracy, you won’t find realistic representations of stars, galaxies and nebulas with this projector, but you will find a capable projector for setting the tone of your room to space for a gaming session, or even just to wind down before bed. 

This star projector does have 21 different lighting modes that can be adjusted by buttons on the projector itself or via an external remote control. Like with most Bluetooth speakers, you can cast music to the device by connecting it through a proprietary app and smartphone. It even has a sleep timer so it will switch off after you fall asleep, ensuring you won’t waste power as you drift off to slumber in the final frontier.

Be sure to check out Space.com’s guide to the best star projectors in case this deal isn’t exactly what you’re looking for.

Vaonis Vespera smart telescope: Black Friday savings of $500

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Perfect for any beginner telescope enthusiast or the veteran astronomer that wants to avoid the faff of setting up and aligning a traditional telescope and astro camera, the Vaonis Vespera is now $500 off its original price

It’s an automated, computerized smart telescope that even new users can set up in around five minutes. No knowledge of the night sky is required, simply synchronize with the dedicated smartphone app and start navigating the night sky, slewing to favorite celestial objects in a matter of seconds.

You can then photograph the night sky, or get an enhanced view, using the in-built astro camera — no more need to buy a separate camera or telescope adapter. We loved it during our Vaonis Vespera review, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

$400 off the Nikon Z7 II this Black Friday weekend

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Save $400 on the Nikon Z7 II which is an all-round powerhouse full-frame mirrorless camera, and with a $400 discount, it’s the cheapest we’ve ever seen it.

In our Nikon Z7 II review, we awarded it 4.5 out of 5 stars, largely thanks to its excellent full-frame image quality and admirable overall performance. We’re happy to share that this mirrorless camera has been discounted by $400 as part of B&H Photo’s Black Friday deals. It will stay at this price, while stocks last, until Nov 28 at 11:59 EST.

It shoots detailed 45.7MP resolution stills photos, which matches one of the best cameras for astrophotography, the Nikon D850 (which, as it happens, is also on sale with a $900 discount). For video lovers, it also captures 4KUHD 60p footage.

25% off the Nikon ProStaff 3S binoculars for Black Friday

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Save 25% on the Nikon ProStaff 3s 10×42 binoculars with this Black Friday binocular deal that is still running this weekend.

A big bargain on these high-quality binoculars, the ProStaff 3S 10×42 binoculars are waterproof up to 1m and you can continue to submerge them for up to 10 minutes, so even if you drop them in a lake you can (theoretically) take your time fishing them out. 

These slender, lightweight binoculars weigh just 20.3 oz / 575 g and are Nitrogen-purged which means they’re fogproof — something astronomers and wildlife spotters hate when using binoculars as it can stop binocular use at crucial moments when moving between warm and cold environments.

Adjustable eyecups mean anyone can use these binoculars, even if you wear eyeglasses. Whether you want to stargaze using the decent-sized 42mm apertures, or simply birdwatch, wildlife spot, hunt or observe air shows these quality binoculars from Nikon are now at a quarter of the price.

44% off the Celestron NexStar 4SE computerized telescope for a limited-time Black Friday telescope deal

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Save a huge 44% (nearly half price) on this small, compact computerized Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope is a catadioptric telescope that blends two optics systems to provide incredible night sky views in a tiny package.

We’ve never seen this iconic orange tube telescope down this cheap and we suspect the deal won’t last long because we can’t see this price anywhere else, so act fast if you want to take advantage of it.

The NexStar 4SE is a go-to fully automated, and because it’s computerized and runs on a motor you can automatically track night sky objects without having to push-to them manually. Simply plug in the number of your desired celestial body and let the telescope do the rest. Check out our Celestron NexStar 4SE review here for more info.

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens now reduced to under $2000 this Black Friday

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Save $400 on a lens that’s practically asking to take astrophotographs. The Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens is an RF-mount (mirrorless) ultra-wide zoom lens from Canon. It’s great for a wide variety of photographic disciplines, but none more perfect than astrophotography.

A fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 is constant throughout the zoom range which maximizes light input to the camera. L-series quality optics from Canon make the image sharp edge to edge throughout the zoom range as we found out in our Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens review. Taking it off the tripod and going handheld? Dont worry, this lens has five stops of Image Stabilization (IS) to steady your shots. A quiet Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) provides fast autofocusing for Canon mirrorless cameras for daytime use, too.

Remote control Star Wars Grogu plush is just $44 on Black Friday

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Grogu, or Baby Yoda as most of us still refer to him, remains a fresh face in the Star Wars universe and now you can get an adorable plush of him for less.

This Black Friday, you can get a remote-controlled, soft-bodied Grogu to waddle around your home for just $44.43 (opens in new tab), a savings of 32%. (Who can resist that face!)

Grogu, an adorable soft-bodied plush, is around 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) tall and has a range of movements made famous in The Mandalorian television series. Via remote control he can tilt his head, pull his ears back, waddle or simply gaze, cutsie-style, at whatever is in front of him (food or living being.)

If the most adorable aliens ever aren’t your preference, we still have more deals for you to enjoy. We’ve got guides on Star Wars Lego deals and Black Friday Lego deals for more great savings on Star Wars, Space, and even Marvel Lego sets. More holiday fun comes via our Black Friday deals that all have space on the brain.

Take off $760 with this Autel EVO II V2 Pro drone bundle deal

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Lift off with the Autel Robotics EVO II V2 Pro with an impressive $760 discount.

Rated as one of the best drones out there, you can snag the Autel Robotics EVO II V2 Pro drone bundle at Adorama for just $1739 (opens in new tab) in their Black Friday sale. 

You’ll nab a lot of great footage with the industry-leading 6K camera and can soar in flight for up to 40 minutes. It’s the perfect balance between great footage and a good hang time for scouting out your next filming location.

If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, check out our other Black Friday drone deals. There’s a fantastic offer on the DJI Mini 2 bundle that is also worth your attention.

Playmobil Star Trek warp speeds into a $150 discount

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Beam into an amazing U.S.S. Enterprise Playmobil set for $150 less on Black Friday.

The iconic Star Trek ship is at a rare 32% for Black Friday, making NCC-1701 an affordable $340.25 on Amazon. (opens in new tab) Don’t be fooled by imagining that this Playmobil set is just for kids, as this particular set includes a lot of detail that teens and adults will still enjoy.

Included are the legendary crew of NCC-1701 and collector’s items details that gave good marks in our Playmobil Star Trek USS Enterprise review. Included are crew members Captain Kirk, Spock, Uhura, McCoy, Sulu, Scotty and Chekov. The set comes with a removable roof to put the crew in the iconic bridge of NCC-1701.

If you’re less of a Trekkie and more of a Star Wars fan, however, be sure to check out our Star Wars Lego deals as well as our latest Black Friday deals for more gift ideas for this holiday season.

Lego UCS Millennium Falcon deal just got better and is now $180 off!

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The Lego UCS Millennium Falcon is more affordable than ever this Black Friday with a markdown of $180.

Usually $849.99, the UCS Millennium Falcon can be yours for just $669.99 (opens in new tab) at the website Zavvi when you use the discount code BFFALCON at checkout. This Millennium Falcon mega-kit has rarely been on sale, and has become one of the most sought-after kits in the Lego Star Wars collection. If you need Han Solo’s trusty Corellian YT-1300 light freighter in your Lego collection, now’s your chance to finally snag it – at a price sure to make any Wookie bleat “RRRUUUUURRRR” for joy.

It’s unclear how deep Zaavi’s stock of the Lego UCS Millennium Falcon goes, so don’t let this $180 off deal (opens in new tab) slip away before it jumps to hyperspace!

If the Lego UCS Millennium Falcon kit isn’t for you, be sure to check out our Black Friday Lego deals page for more great savings on Star Wars, Space, and Marvel Lego kits for the special collector/builder in your life.

Hulu + Disney Plus Black Friday Bundle deal

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While Hulu’s Black Friday deal is offering the streaming service for just $1.99 a month, Disney just sweetened the put to offer its Disney Plus service for just $2.99 more. 

The Hulu + Disney Plus Black Friday Bundle (opens in new tab)is a combo deal that offers full access to Hulu and Disney Plus for just $4.98 a month. That’s down from the usual $7.99 a month of Hulu alone and throws in access to Disney’s entire catalog of Star Wars films, TV shows and other science fiction titles. 

Disney Plus is currently not offering any deals on the service alone, so this Hulu/Disney Plus bundle may be the best chance to score both streaming services at discount for your first year. NBC’s Peacock streaming service (opens in new tab)and the Paramount Plus streaming service (opens in new tab), the home of all things Star Trek, also have Black Friday deals on now. You can see our full roundup of streaming deals for Black Friday for more.

Is this the Nikon Z6 II’s lowest-ever price? Now just $1696

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We don’t think we’ve ever seen the Nikon Z6 II full-frame mirrorless camera this cheap before and, given how popular it is, we’re unlikely to see it drop any further. If you have been waiting to grab a mirrorless camera at a bargain price, then this is it. Save $300 on the Nikon Z6 II right now.

It’s suited to any photographer — even beginners, and is more than capable for astrophotography and is the perfect second camera for a professional photographer. It shoots 24.5MP stills with the FX-Format full-frame BSI CMOS Sensor inside and captures video at 4KUHD 30p with N-log format for full editing flexibility.

While you can shoot this stunning camera at 14FPS (perfect for wildlife and sports) it has a wide ISO range too, between 100-51,200 which makes it suitable for astrophotography and low-light photography and that’s why it features in our guide to the best cameras for astrophotography.

Celestron Travel Scope 70 now under $100

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If you’re looking for a budget telescope to get into skywatching without dropping big coin or need a smaller, more portable telescope to travel with, it’s hard to go wrong with the Celestron Travel Scope 70 — a fantastic telescope at a bargain price now 16% off.

Although this refractor telescope is ideal for beginner astronomers and is now under $100 that doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. The Travel Scope’s 70mm optics give excellent views of the moon and it’s packaged with two eyepieces that make it useful for stargazing or even daytime observation of nature and wildlife. Want to shop around for the best Black Friday telescope deals? Have a look at our page for the 10 best Black Friday telescope deals we’ve seen so far.

Save 30% on the Lego Star Wars Razor Crest, now under $100

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The Mandalorian is one of Star Wars’ most popular TV spinoffs, so it makes sense that the main ship from the show, The Razor Crest, gets the full Lego treatment. 

Right now, you can get 30% off the Lego Star Wars Razor Crest at Amazon, dropping the price down to just $97.99. That’s a fantastic discount on a wonderful Lego set – we actually reviewed the Razor Crest late last year and we really enjoyed it .

This set includes five minifigs (including an adorable Grogu), as well as an opening cockpit and cargo bay. It even fires projectiles, making it an easy pick as one of our favorite Lego Star Wars deals so far.

Sony A7R IVA camera bundle was $3498, now $2998 at Walmart

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Save a magnificent $510 on this Sony A7R IVA full-frame mirrorless camera and accessory bundle. Walmart is offering this hefty camera deal on Black Friday and it is the best Sony camera deal we’ve seen so far. Not only does it come with the mammoth 61MP mirrorless monster that can also shoot 4KUHD 30p video, but it has a whole host of camera accessories, to boot. This is the best Sony mirrorless camera Black Friday deal we’ve seen so far.

The kit is shown as including: a Koah flight case, a Sony 64GB V60 SDXC memory card, two spare Koah batteries and a Koah double battery charger, a suite of Corel photo and video editing software and a Zeiss cleaning kit, plus a camera battery grip. Every other A7R IV or IVA deal we’ve seen is either more expensive or doesn’t come with the amount of extra that this bundle from Walmart does, so we think this is the time to invest in Sony mirrorless if you’re going to.

Get Peacock for just $1 per month for a whole year

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NBC’s streaming service is great for the whole family thanks to new movie releases like Nope or Minions: The Rise of Gru, but it’s even better for sci-fi fans. That’s because it’s the home of Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and recent Alan Tudyk comedy Resident Alien.

Use code ‘SAVEBIG’ to get Peacock for only $0.99/mo for 12 months. This offer is only available for new subscribers.

This fantastic deal saves users 80%, making an annual subscription just $12 (or $1 per month). Factor in a huge back catalog of movies and TV, and that’s a small price to pay.

Save over $100 on the Celestron Inspire 100AZ telescope

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Save 23% on this beginner-friendly refractor from Celestron. xxx
We reviewed the Celestron Inspire 100AZ earlier this year and we found that, with weather permitting, we could get impressive views of the moon and Saturn. We were even able to spot the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and some other bright star clusters.

We were so impressed with it that we’ve named the Celestron Inspire 100AZ the best telescope for beginners and we’ve included it in our round-up of the best telescopes overall.

A refractor with an Alt-Azimuth mount, this 100mm aperture, 600mm focal length telescope is about as good as it gets for beginner astronomers or those that want to get into stargazing without breaking the bank. Now with over $100 off for Black Friday it’s never been more affordable.

Save over $140 on the Svbony SV503 astrophotography telescope 

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With its 102mm aperture and f/7 focal ratio, astrophotographers can enjoy crisp and clear images of their favorite night sky targets with the Svbony SV503. What’s more, and this Black Friday, you can snap up this exquisite instrument at 20% less (opens in new tab) than the retail price.

The Svbony SV503 energy-dispersed glass improves on pesky color-fringing, while the dual rack-and-pinion focuser can be fine tuned to bring planets, galaxies, nebulas and the rugged surface of the moon into sharp focus. 

While this refractor doesn’t come with a tripod or mount, the Svbony SV503 offers a metal hoop dovetail, focuser wheel, lens cover and tube ring, allowing astronomers to accessorize their way for optimum results.

Celestron SkyMaster 25×100 binocular is now 22% off

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The largest binocular of Celestron’s SkyMaster range, the 25×100 binocular ensures superb sharp focus across the field of view — and now you can enjoy over $100 off (opens in new tab) on crystal clear sights of a selection of targets, from the moon to deep-sky objects such as the Orion Nebula (Messier 42). This binocular also provides excellent terrestrial views during the day.

Featuring high-quality BAK-4 prisms and multi-coated optics for excellent contrast, the SkyMaster’s 100mm objective lens and 4mm exit pupil allow your eyes to collect light in a variety of low-light and long-range conditions. The elliptical shape of the Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31) can be picked up with excellent clarity, while the member stars of the Pleiades (Messier 45) sparkle like diamonds when viewed through the optical system. If you prefer to stay local, the moon’s rugged surface can be brought into breathtaking focus, while the rings of Saturn and belts of Jupiter are magnified to perfection.

Weighing in at 8.75 lbs (3.97 kg), the Celestron SkyMaster 25×100 is a touch on the heavy side, so for stable views we recommend purchasing a suitable tripod (check out our best tripods) to avoid shaky sights of night-sky targets. The binocular is supplied with an integrated tripod adapter and deluxe carry case. 

60% off the BlissLights Sky Lite Star Projector right now

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Completely transform your bedroom or living room for less than $20 with this perfect holiday gift for space lovers. Save a huge 60% on the original price of the BlissLight Sky Lite over at Walmart with this easy-to-use, button-controlled star projector which even has a six-hour timer for those that like to go to sleep to the ambient lighting.

We reviewed the BlissLights Sky Lite 2.0 earlier this year and gave it 3.5/5 stars because it was easy to use and gave decent ambient lighting, so we’re confident that the Sky Lite is a bargain star projector in this Black Friday deal.

Save 21% on the Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ telescope

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Save 21% on the Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ refractor telescope which comes with an Alt-Az mount that is beginner-friendly. The telescope features a 70mm aperture and a 900mm focal length to provide good views of the moon and stars. 

Celestron is known for its excellent build quality and the telescope comes with two eyepieces (20mm and 10mm), a fully collapsible lightweight tripod, a red dot finder scope and free access to the Starry Night software which is packed with information about 36,000 night sky objects to help newcomers learn about night sky objects. All this for under $150 makes this a Black Friday telescope deal worth having.

Sony A7R III is now discounted by $500

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Save more than 20% off in this Black Friday camera deal on the Sony A7R III. The mirrorless camera, known for its superb full-frame CMOS 42.4MP image sensor is now $500 off in this Amazon deal.

It’s perfect for astrophotography due to its extended ISO range (50-102,400) but it lends itself to many styles of photographers and videographers with a host of useful features like EyeAF autofocusing for sharp portraits, and 4K HDR video capture.

Editing is easy as well because the A7R III has up to 15 stops of dynamic range to retain detail in the brightest highlights and blackest shadows, meaning image files (or video) are flexible when editing in Lightroom or Photoshop.

Save 15% on Celestron’s iconic NexStar 8SE telescope

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Known the world over as one of the most iconic line of telescopes, the much-loved Celestron NexStar 8SE is now on sale with $200 for Black Friday over at Amazon and Adorama.

The line has been going since the 1970s but Celestron’s 8SE, the largest in the NexStar line-up, is truly exceptional. A Schmidt-Cassegrain design, this catadioptric telescope takes advantage of a hybrid technology between refractor and reflector telescope designs to provide a massive 2032 mm (80-inch) focal length and huge 203.2mm (8-inch) aperture in a tiny package.

Suitable for all kinds of astronomers it may not immediately be friendly to beginners but it has such breadth of use that, when paired with one of the best eyepieces, you can observe the moon, stars, planets, nebulas and more in exquisite detail.

Ultimate sharpness and incredibly bright, the NexStar 8SE ships with a red dot finderscope and a 25mm eyepiece — which you can upgrade as and when you’re ready to take astronomy to the next level.

20% off the Celestron PowerSeeker 70 AZ refractor telescope

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Now under $100 the Celestron PowerSeeker 70 AZ refractor telescope is 20% off for Black Friday over on Amazon. This refractor telescope is ideally suited to beginners who want to view the lunar surface and nebulae. With a 70mm aperture, the telescope has a focal length of 700mm and ships with all the accessories you need to get started quickly.

Two eyepieces (4mm and 20mm) pair with a whopping 3x Barlow lens to magnify your night sky objects. An erect image diagonal means no more cricked necks trying to peer through the eyepiece. A 5×24 finderscope helps you locate night sky objects easily before fine-tuning through the eyepieces with more precision.

Celestron also bundles free access to the Starry Night software that gives information on 36,000 celestial objects for the uninitiated.

73% discount on this Astronaut star projector

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Save 73% on the Astronaut Starry Sky Star Projector. The projector is an astronaut that can be posed into different positions and projects stars through its visor. It has eight in-built nebula effects and the projector can be set to a timer for those using it to sleep. 

The ideal space gift, save a massive 73% in this Black Friday star projector deal which takes the price down to just $7.58. We said in our Astronaut space star projector review that anything under $35 is a bargain, so $7.58 is insane. It should suit any wall or ceiling thanks to the adjustable projection angle and we love it as an early holiday season gift.

What we like about the projector is its surprisingly good build quality, the fact it’s packed with impressive and effective lighting and its general appeal to all space fans, whether young or older.

Save 50% on a year of Paramount Plus – the home of Star Trek

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Paramount’s Black Friday deal for its Paramount Plus streaming service is one of the best streaming deals we’ve found so far, offering a huge amount of content at a 50% discount. That equates to around $2 per month, and there are plenty of sci-fi shows to be found for your money.

Star Trek is the big one, with the entirety of the TV show’s 860 episodes to watch (as well as the movies), but there are newer sci-fi shows like videogame tie-in Halo, classic mystery thriller Twin Peaks, and The Twilight Zone reboot too.

Get 25% off these Celestron SkyMaster 15×70 binoculars

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The Celestron SkyMaster 15×70 binoculars are currently discounted by 25% (opens in new tab), making them an excellent buy for budding skywatchers who want to view larger deep-sky objects.

Since our initial post about this deal yesterday, they have been reduced by a couple more dollars, but we expect this to be the lowest they will go.

You can read our Celestron SkyMaster Pro 15×70 binoculars review to get a feel for the version of the binos that are on sale, but note that these are slightly less rugged and not waterproof, unlike the pro version (which cost more than double). If you’re not planning on using your binos in inclement weather, for the price, these binoculars will see you right.

Because of the high magnification, you should invest in one of the best tripods so you don’t have to worry about wobble spoiling your views.

Once set up in the right conditions, you can see the Andromeda Galaxy and the bright Messier galaxies and nebulas based on the list drawn up by Charles Messier.

All-in-all, these binoculars will give users an enjoyable star and galaxy-gazing experience at a very reasonable price.

Get 50% off the HP Reverb G2 VR headset

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  •  HP Reverb G2 VR Headset: Was $599 Now $299 at HP (opens in new tab) 

HP’s highly-rated VR headset, the Reverb G2, is one of the best VR headsets around. Better yet, the manufacturer has cut the price by 50%.  Right now, you can get the HP Reverb G2 headset for just $299 at HP (opens in new tab), down from the usual price of $599.

Unlike the Meta Quest 2, you will need a PC to connect to, but it offers a 2160×2160 resolution in each eye and excellent audio. For more, be sure to check out our HP Reverb G2 review where we awarded it 4-stars and noted how easy it is to set up.

That makes it ideal for a newcomer to VR, or to an experienced user looking to step up from the Meta Quest 2 or a PlayStation VR. With the G2’s lengthy, six-meter cable, it’s less restrictive than many wired headsets, too, and it’s comfortable for longer periods of time – perfect if you’re up to your eyeballs in No Man’s Sky VR.

Save a stellar 50% on the Lego Galaxy Explorer set

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We love a good Lego kit here at Space. In fact, the only thing we love more is a good Lego kit at half price which is exactly what we’ve found over at Walmart. You can get the Lego Galaxy Explorer set for just $50 (opens in new tab), reduced down from $100.

The Galaxy Explorer is a modern take on the classic 1979 Lego set of the same name, and it’s an impressive mash-up of retro-styling and modern design. It comes with 4 minifigures – 2 red and 2 white astronauts, and has a total of 1254 pieces, making it an involved, but not massive build.

We actually checked out the set earlier this year and gave it a perfect score of 5 stars (check out our Lego Galaxy Explorer review to see our full thoughts). We even compared it to the original model as our reviewer still had theirs.

We’re covering all the best Black Friday Lego deals on our main hub, so head over there for more savings on Star Wars, Space, and Marvel themed kits.

Hulu’s Black Friday deal is just $1.99 a month

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There is no shortage of science fiction on streaming services right now and nowhere is that more true than at Hulu and right now you can get a year of Hulu for just $1.99 a month (opens in new tab), a 75% discount of its regular $7.99 fee. 

The Black Friday Hulu offer is not as deep a discount as the streaming service’s 2021 deal, which offered a year’s subscription at just 99 cents a month, but it’s still a bargain for fans of The Orville, Rick and Morty and other sci-fi shows that call Hulu home. After all, where else are you going to see the new Hulu original “Prey,” which is the latest entry in the Predator franchise?

Hulu is making this deal available primarily to new subscribers, but if you are a lapsed subscriber – and you have not used Hulu in the last month – you may be able to qualify for the offer. 

If you looking to save on a streaming service, but Hulu isn’t your cup of tea, you’re in luck. Our Black Friday streaming deals has a rundown of the offers available now. 

Save $200 on a DJI Mini 2 drone bundle

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If you’re just starting out on your drone journey, this early Black Friday deal is a great opportunity to land a beginner-friendly drone and save hundreds of dollars at the same time. 

DJI is a known for its quality drones and the DJI Mini 2 is one of oour favorite drones for beginners and experts alike. At $479, this DJI Mini 2 drone bundle is $200 off at Adorama (opens in new tab) and is the best price we’ve seen for Black Friday this year. The bundle is on sale for 29% off and comes with the drone, as well as a microSD card, carrying case and several other extras for your aerial or sky photography needs. 

As we noted in our DJI Mini 2 review, this drone is small enough (it weighs 249 grams) that it’s portable and lightweight, and also does not require you to register it for casual flying. You will need to check your local drone regulations, though. It carries a 12 MP camera for both still images and video and has about 23 minutes of flight time (according to our tests) before it returns home on a 25% battery life mark.

If you’re looking for more affordable drone ideas, check out our best drone deals and our beginners guide to drones and best drones features can help you pick the right machine if you need more tips.

Meta Quest 2 VR headsets are $70 off w/ free games

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A good VR headset can transform a space experience on your computer into an immersive trip across the final frontier and this Meta Quest 2 deal from Amazon has the right stuff. 

You can save up to $70 off a Meta Quest 2 VR headset with a 259 GB capacity (opens in new tab), the highest storage capacity available now, and get two free games at the same time. This Black Friday Bundle comes with Resident Evil 4 VR and Beat Saber for free, and we’ve got a list of the best free space VR games to choose from once you’re set up. 

If 259 GB is a bit much, you can still save $50 on the Meta Quest 2 VR headset with 128 GB (opens in new tab), which also comes with the two free games. Both deals come with the Quest 2 headset (it was previously called the Oculus Quest 2, if it sounded familiar to you, and it’s a standalone device. You won’t need a game console or PC to pair it with, but it does link to PC if you’d like to try a PC VR title or two. 

The Meta Quest 2 includes features to keep you from bumping into obstacles, two Touch controllers and cameras to help orient yourself in a room. Its reviews on Amazon are overwhelmingly positive, and we were also impressed when we tried it, too. Check out our Meta Quest 2 review for an in-depth look at the VR gear.

If the Meta Quest 2 isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, check out our other VR headset deals and our guide to the best VR headsets around.

Save 21% on the Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ telescope

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The Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ refractor telescope is currently at a discount of over 20% (opens in new tab) which makes a perfect gift for beginner astronomers this Black Friday. It features a 70mm aperture and a powerful 900mm focal length that takes you in for detailed lunar views. Not only that but thanks to the fully coated objective lens it’s ideal for land-based viewing as well: wildlife, landscapes and more are adequate subjects during the day.

At night though, the AstroMaster 70AZ benefits from fully coated optics to reduce optical aberrations associated with astronomy. The telescope also ships with everything you need to get started stargazing: a full-height tripod, two eyepieces, and a red dot finderscope to find your celestial objects before refining positioning through the eyepiece. During our Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ review we noted that the achromatic refractor avoids distracting ‘false color’ and is already good value, which is even more evident now given the discount. 

Suitable for adults but also easy enough to set up for younger astronomers and kids, the refractor weighs just 11 lbs (5 kg) so taking it out to dark sky locations, or just to get away from the city lights, is simple. The tripod also comes with a simple Alt-Az controlled tripod with a smooth panning handle to locate night sky objects quickly.

It requires no tools to set up and is one of the simplest telescopes in Celestron’s refractor range. Read our guide to the best telescopes if you want to shop around. Alternatively, check out our round-ups of the best telescopes for beginners, best telescopes for kids and snap up quick deals with budget telescopes under $500

Lego’s UCS Millennium Falcon is $100 off

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The Millennium Falcon is an icon for science fiction fans around the world and when it comes to models, there is no higher crown jewel than the Lego Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon set, which is on sale for $749.99 (opens in new tab), a full $100 off, at Zavvi this week. You’ll have to use the code SWFALCON at checkout to get the deal.

Released in 2017, the massive UCS Millennium Falcon set is part of Lego’s Ultimate Collectors Series. It is a massive building set with 7,541 pieces and measures 22 inches wide, 33 inches long and 8 inches tall (about 56 centimeters wide, 84 cm long and 20 cm tall). It also weighs a whopping 37 pounds (17 kilograms) but in our review of the UCS Millennium Falcon, my colleague Jordan Miller found it to be sturdy enough to move around once built with out fear of it crumbling apart.

This set does not go on sale often, and while last year Amazon did host a special lightning sale during Black Friday, the set sold out quickly and it is not currently expected to be back on sale at Amazon in 2022. We’re not sure how many sets Zavvi has available, so if this set has been on your Padawan’s gift list, you may want to act fast.

You can also see all of our best Lego Star Wars sets and our best Lego Star Wars deals to prepare for Black Friday. Our best Lego space deals has more familiar rocket  and other set deals from a galaxy closer to home.

Save $70 on the Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ telescope

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We first saw the Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ telescope at $70 off on Amazon (opens in new tab) back in October during Amazon Prime Day but the deal is now back for Black Friday.

There’s already a $30 discount on the AstroMaster 114 EQ but save a further $40 off with the coupon (tick the box) and you’ll see this $70 saving at checkout. We’ve rated it as one of our best telescope deals currently available. However, if you want to see what else is available take a look at our guide to the best telescopes in 2022. 

This is a good telescope for beginners and those who don’t have much experience with skywatching. It’s easy to use and comes packed with accessories including two eyepieces (20mm and 10mm), a full-height tripod and a StarPointer red dot finderscope. It also ships with software to support your stargazing experience. If you want to discover other skywatching gear and have a keen eye for deals, be sure to check out our guides to the best Celestron telescope and binocular deals,  best telescopes for beginners and budget telescopes under $500.

Nikon D850 camera now almost $900 off

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This huge $900 discount on the Nikon D850 (opens in new tab) is the biggest saving we’ve seen on what we’ve rated as one of the best cameras for photos and videos and the best camera for astrophotography. Dropping it from $2,996.95 down to just $2,104.95, Walmart are currently offering the best deal on this DSLR camera.

Although a few years old now, it still competes with modern mirrorless cameras. We gave it 4.5/5 stars in our Nikon D850 review. It shoots stills photos at a whopping 45.4MP resolution and can capture 4KUHD 30p video which lends itself well to any photographer and videographer except those that require the latest 8K video res.

A superb generalist camera the Nikon D850 is amazingly good at everything. Astrophotography, sports, wildlife, portraiture, landscapes — you name it, the D850 can handle it.

Built like a tank and designed for professionals to throw around all day, it’s fully weather sealed so taking it out in the rain or snow won’t make it bat an eye.

B&H is also offering a $500 discount on the Nikon D850 (opens in new tab) and Amazon is currently matching that with their $500 Nikon D850 deal (opens in new tab) but we recommend you grab it from Walmart while stocks last to almost double your savings.

Hexeum night vision binoculars 53% off

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Hexeum may not be a household name when it comes to high-quality optics, but this deal caught the eye of our optics team because it’s simply too good to resist for people in love with the outdoors.

These Hexeum night vision binoculars are on sale for $139.98 at Amazon (opens in new tab), down from $298, and come with a 3x magnification and 4x digital zoom. While we haven’t been able to test them hands-on, their specifications are impressive enough to make them worth the risk when they’re at this price. 

Amazon does seem to like these night vision binoculars as we saw a similar deal during Amazon Prime Day this year. Check out our full analysis of this Hexeum night vision binoculars deal here for more.

If you’d rather shop around for other options, check out our guide to the best night vision binoculars. We also have a best binoculars guide for more traditional optics and you can save more with our best binocular deals. We’ve also rounded up some of the best compact binoculars and for children, we have the best binoculars for kids.

Save over £250 on the Celestron NexStar 4SE

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With its iconic orange tube, the Celestron NexStar 4SE is a steal this Black Friday, with a whopping 33% off – that’s a discount of over £250 (opens in new tab) on the retail price!

The Celestron NexStar line of telescopes offer an exquisite GoTo capability, which ensures easy, seamless navigation of the night sky. At the touch of a button, beginners have the universe at their fingertips, while seasoned observers looking for a fuss free tour of a selection of targets can enjoy crystal clear views of the planets, rugged surface of the moon and bright deep-sky gems such as the Orion Nebula (Messier 42).

While the smallest in aperture of the NexStar suite, this computerized instrument offers excellent sights of a good proportion of the 40,000+ celestial objects stowed away in its database. It also comes fully equipped too, complete with a sturdy steel tripod, Star Pointer Red Dot Finderscope, The Sky Level 1 Astronomy Software, NexRemote Telescope Control software, a 25mm eyepiece, among other additional features that make this Maksutov-Cassegrain ideal for all ages and observing level.

If you’re looking for a larger aperture, then great news — the Celestron NexStar 5SE and Celestron NexStar 8SE have also been reduced this Black Friday, saving you $150 (opens in new tab)  or a little over $200 (opens in new tab)

A Hillsboro woman waited until she was 60 to learn photography – now she’s capturing life in a small town 


The world comes into focus when Maryann Cheung looks through her viewfinder.

The Hillsborough photographer sees elements of small-town charm in her work, material she might not have noticed without a tightly framed slice of life to emphasize subtle, simple scenes.

“If you look at her photos, you can tell she has an incredible talent to bring out the best in what we have here,” said Laurie Jutzi of Hillsborough. “It’s a real gift, and for a struggling town template decaying like others all over New England, her work has been an inspiration for those to see what they really have here and are so lucky to be near.”

Jutzi nominated Cheung for the Monitor’s Hometown Hero series. She described a local woman who had photography in the back of her mind for years, yet only immersed herself in the art two years ago. At age 60.

Circumstances dictated that it was time for Cheung to pursue something that she knew she’d love. Covid had hit, and Cheung’s husband contracted the illness and spent five weeks in the hospital, near other patients who later died.

“When something like that happens, you know life is short,” Cheung said. “I thought that sounded like the right time to do it.”

Cheung remains in the midst of an awakening, a two-year process thus far that’s given her a keener appreciation, a reminder to stop and smell the flowers.

“For years, I tried (photography) at a younger age, but I was a working mother,” Cheung said. “Recently this served as a wake-up call. I was so happy and grateful for my husband’s return home from the hospital, but if you remember, those were dark times. I had to do something, and one thing I wanted to do was photography.”

Her late father had given her a Minolta, her husband a tripod. That was many years ago.

“My father gave me a great one and it sat on my shelf for 30 years,” Cheung said. “And now I use it and now I am a photographer. I wish dad had seen that.”

He would have seen scenes that elicited warmth through simplicity. The little girl with a determined look pulling a rope attached to a goat at this year’s hometown parade.

The darkened silhouette of a squirrel eating a nut while crouched on a tree branch. The water skiers helping the town to celebrate its 250th birthday.

On her website, Cheung explains that “I photograph where I live, capturing and sharing the beauty of the landscape and those that live here.”

Cheung, in fact, has become part of this intriguing landscape herself.

“When I am pulled over and I’m shooting, they beep their horns and wave to me and give me tips and they message me about themselves,” Cheung said.

Her photographs of the town’s 250th tribute this summer are included in the 88-page souvenir program book. In fact, her photos are everywhere in town, and she never charges a dime for the use of any of them.

Her work will be displayed at the Hillsborough Historical Society, depicting various stages of the pandemic.

“She shares her images on Facebook and has a huge following,” Jutzi wrote in her nominating email to the Monitor. “She reminds everyone of what a wonderful place we live in and the simple pleasures of daily life in a smallish NH town.”

Once, shortly after moving from Keene to Hillsborough in 1992, Cheung and her husband opened a Chinese restaurant in town and owned it for 20 years. They sold it seven years ago.

“The restaurant was very successful,” Cheung said. “When we opened it, it was the recession, and people were still waiting outside the door. But it was time to move on to other things. Enough was enough. It was lots of work and we felt we had nothing else to bring it.”

Cheung is a caregiver for a family member. That’s a job. Photography is something else entirely. She submits her photos to the town’s Facebook postings and her work is featured in her own personal journal.

She continues to learn about the aesthetic beauty that her town offers, saying, “I take photos of downtown at night. I got home that first time and (the photos were) not great, but they looked so different than what I had actually seen.

She continued: “We walk around and take things for granted, especially at night. You don’t notice anything, and then you see that our little park looks so very nice.”



Laurel Ridge to host inaugural Holiday Book Fair | Winchester Star


Almost 50 local authors will be selling their books from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the first-ever Holiday Book Fair at Laurel Ridge Community College.

Readers can chat with the authors and browse their works in the Corron Community Development Center on the Middletown campus. The authors will either handle their own sales or coordinate through Winchester Book Gallery.

Organizer Andy Gyurisin, who previously owned the book gallery with his wife, Jennifer, from 2006 to 2011, said he was inspired by a holiday book fair that they hosted at the time for five authors.

“We had a fantastic turnout,” he recalled on Tuesday. “There was really this cool sense of community that we had.”

Most of the authors had written historical books about the area, he said. That made the holiday book fair, which was so small he said it didn’t have an official name, feel deeply rooted in downtown Winchester.

Now, with nearly 10 times the number of authors signed up under the banner of Laurel Ridge, he said he’s excited to see where the new holiday book fair takes them in the future.

“We were hoping for 30 authors, that was our goal, and we far exceeded that,” Gyurisin said.

Development officer at Laurel Ridge, Gyurisin was inspired after several area authors told him they wanted to get more involved with the college, a Laurel Ridge news release says. He approached Brandy Boies, Laurel Ridge director of public relations and special events and mayor of Strasburg, who jumped on board.

“We pulled together a group of colleagues,” she said on Tuesday. These included the staff at the campus library and in Boies’ office.

“Since the response has been really wonderful, we’d love to continue and make it a tradition each year,” Boies said.

Through the process of launching the book fair, Gyurisin discovered that Laurel Ridge has several local authors on staff or connected with the school, including Professor Ann Simpson and her husband, Rob, who is retired from the college.

Other authors he said are associated with Laurel Ridge are retired professor Morgan Scott Phenix, Toms Brook Mayor and adjunct professor Lisa Currie, part-time employee Cherie Smith and Grants Manager Melissa DeDomenico-Payne.

Filling out the list of authors are Ellen Murphy, Kerry Crawford, Rich Follett, Martha (M.K.B) Graham, Lisa and Susie Currie and Wilburn, Steve Melester, Kristi Strong, A.K. Lang, Lauren Roberts, Emilee Moore, Sara Jones, Jeremy Rodgers, Marie Andrews, Dr. Eugene D. Betit, Robin Young, Linda Jenkins, Linda Murtadha, Rebecca Lillis, Laura Cascada, William Gray, Hina Ansari, Til Turner, John Berry, Bruce Peters, TJ O’Connor, Wayde Byard, Jason Queen, James Cole, Eric Burstock, Sarah Kohrs, Gayle Krause, Randina Sheldon, James Davison, Candace Meredith, Margaret Marangione, Pam Webber, D. Krauss, Bryan Lienesch, Alicia Cahalane Lewis, Coe Sherrard, Cara Achterberg, Wayne David Hubbard and Elizabeth Cottrell.

“This is really exciting for Laurel Ridge,” Ann Simpson said in the news release. “It’s important to let the community know that there are local writers in the area. And, it’s an important way for Laurel Ridge to reach out to our community to provide this type of service for the arts because writing really is a type of art.”

The books for sale at the fair include genres like historical fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s literature, fantasy, thrillers, nature, photography and more.

Organizers will also serve hot chocolate and have Christmas music playing, Gyurisin said.

It’s a great chance to engage with authors and get some holiday shopping done, he said.

With any luck, he said, this will also become a yearly holiday tradition.

“If you ask me now, yes, the answer is yes,” Gyurisin said. “[It’s] a great way to support our local authors.

Learn more about the book fair at laurelridge.edu/laurel-ridge-holiday-book-fair.

Affinity Photo editing software $20 off this Black Friday


Affinity Photo image editing software is now $20 off in this Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal (opens in new tab).

Save almost 30% (opens in new tab) off this standalone image editing software and never pay Adobe for subscriptions again. One of the most powerful image editing software available, the benefit of Serif’s Affinity Photo is that you purchase the software in a single one-off payment and you can keep the software forever. No subscription!

Tempted to plunge into Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom but not sure about the monthly ongoing costs or high annual price? Serif Affinity Photo 1.10 (opens in new tab) may be the right image editing software for you. Full of features it can be used in the same way as Photoshop and will be more than ample for almost all photographers.

Non-destructive layer-based editing, RAW file processing and a full suite of photo editing tools are the mainstays of Affinity Photo but it doesn’t stop there. With a dedicated brush and engine library, it’s also useful for content creators that need to design graphics or want to manipulate photos and images for web and print use.

In our Serif Affinity Photo review the powerful image editing software got 4.5 out of 5 stars and we were impressed with its fast processing speeds and its flexibility when editing RAW files.

Image editors will be able to save time by accessing the main photo editing tools like automatic levels, adjustments to color and contrast or altering white balance in the software. Layering is possible to create composite images (ideal for astrophotography) and one of its strongest editing tools is the High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature which, in other photo editing software can be a little too harsh giving an unrealistic finish to photos. But advanced control features like Tone Mapping, Compression, Contrast, Exposure and Saturation/Vibrance sliders aid fine-tuned control, perfect for landscape photos and astrophotos with landscapes in the foreground.

Be sure to check out Space.com’s Black Friday deals page, or our guide to the Best cameras for photos and videos, and Best cameras for astrophotography.

30 Confusing Photos That Make You Rub Your Eyes And Look At Them Again




Here are the 30 confusing photos that make you rub your eyes and look at them again. The below photos are far more exciting than you imagine. These images were shared by different people from around the globe and went viral on the internet. These photos are funny yet hypnotizing photos that will make you rub your eyes and shake your mind like a kaleidoscope.

Scroll down and enjoy yourself. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.

#1 Is the chair facing the water or the grass? Can you see it both ways?

Source: u/Aldi8241

#2 Rhino ballerina

Source: u/Round_Swimming_6767

#3 Chicken strips on the grill

Source: u/aleksabtc

#4 Is the gate uphill?

Source: u/Cleanapproach46

#5 One duck? Two ducks? (FYI, this is a Muscovy duck)

Source: u/TetrisIsTotesSuper

#6 “What’s wrong with my cat”

Source: u/bettertimeasleep

#7 Don’t fall in

Source: u/justandswift

#8 Yoga

Source: u/finelyClasp999

#9 Some cats you just don’t eff with

Source: u/thedudeabides811

#10 “I’m having chest pains.”

Source: u/Ekperson

#11 “Those aren’t my shoes.” (I’m in the mirror, those shoes aren’t)

Source: u/crazyfours

#12 “My son catching a football when another flew right in front of my camera.”

Source: u/Mattsterrific

#13 Cyborg man at a lego exhibition

Source: u/jaggedagger

#14 These crazy-looking clouds!

Source: u/LeavenedBrant902

#15 Weed or Frogs

Source: u/Bistroicearring

#16 “No Santa, I expect you to play!”

Source: u/Cyberneticist_

#17 He’s after the whole sandwich

Source: u/duncan_D_sorderly

#18 It shouldn’t bend like that

Source: u/kendall-mintcake

#19 Child with wings

Source: u/Suotrpip

#20 Cat with a leg growing out of its belly

Source: u/Stepoo

#21 “I got a new pinball machine” (EDC Las Vegas 2022)

Source: u/rbalbontin

#22 It almost looks like there is a little black cat under Hugh Jackman’s beard

Source: u/_mrpinkdonttip_

#23 This set of Hex Keys

Source: u/cereal_killerer

#24 “Off on my Jollies Guys”

Source: u/cheaplySpare502

#25 Isn’t the universe beautiful? Yes. But, this is actually a window with rain on it and a street lamp outside

Source: u/Am378

#26 The dogman

Source: u/jumavegi

#27 Human windmill

Source: u/LaVieGlamour

#28 Unreal

Source: u/BisteredDevries36

#29 “My kid’s bike seat is giving me the side eye”

Source: u/StepWeiwu

#30 That’s just unexplainably weird

Source: u/Bilboteabaggins00

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