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Stargazing Targets: Seasonal Constellations

Stargazing can keep you busy all year long, with more than 88 constellations visible in the sky, from the big bright obvious ones like Orion the Hunter, to the tiny faint hard-to-spot ones like Mensa the [more…]

Reflecting vs. Refracting Stargazing Telescopes

When you’re ready to invest in a stargazing telescope, start by looking at the different models of telescope tube – the bits with the optics in. You can find quite a few different designs. [more…]

How to Use a Tripod and Monopod for Steady Stargazing Hands

The first time you take your binoculars out stargazing, you may be disappointed to find that all the stars, planets and faint fuzzies that you’d planned on observing are dancing all over the place when [more…]

Features to Avoid in Stargazing Telescopes

So long as you know what you’re buying, there’s no such thing as a bad telescope. If you’re on a limited budget, then a cheap, light telescope may be just the thing for you, allowing you to explore the [more…]

How Good is Your Stargazing Site?

Maybe you have two different stargazing sites in mind and want to figure out which one will work best. Or perhaps you want to keep a record of how your sky quality changes over time. You can, of course [more…]

Stargazing: What Hardware Do I Need for Astrophotography?

Stargazing through binoculars or a telescope is hugely rewarding, but imagine if you could capture stunning images of what you see to share with the world. Astrophotography awaits, and with recent developments [more…]

Stargazing: Following the Zodiac

Just as you can mark the Moon’s position each night against the fixed stars and constellation patterns, you can mark the planets, too. The planets also make paths against the fixed stars. Over the course [more…]

Stargazing: How to Observe the Sun Safely

Stargazing at the Sun is incredibly dangerous. You should never look at the Sun directly, even with your naked eyes, and especially not with a telescope or binoculars. If you do, you can easily blind yourself [more…]

Stargazing at the Moon

The Moon is the Earth’s nearest neighbour in space, and it can be the brightest thing in the night sky. It’s also one of the most amazing sights seen through even a small telescope. If you look at only [more…]

Care and Feeding of Your Stargazing Telescope

Stargazing telescopes have a lot of different components and moving parts, and you should become familiar with all of them and how best to care for them before you use the telescope for stargazing. Following [more…]

How to Focus Your Stargazing Telescope

You will likely need to constantly re-adjust the focus of your telescope when stargazing, because everyone’s eyes are different. You’ll want to know how to focus your telescope before you try it in the [more…]

Advanced Stargazing: Astrophotography

Most stargazers are content with just using their eyes, whether unaided or looking through a pair of binoculars or a telescope. You may be one of them, but every so often, you may see such a beautiful [more…]

Stargazing: Interesting Observations on the Sun

The Sun is Earth’s local star. It looks much bigger, brighter and hotter than the stars you see at night, but that’s only because you’re much closer to the Sun than you are to the other stars. [more…]

Stargazing: Interesting Observations on the Moon

The Moon is the Earth’s nearest neighbour in space, and when you’re stargazing, it can be the brightest thing in the night sky. It’s also one of the most amazing sights seen through even a small telescope [more…]

Stargazing: When is a Constellation Not a Constellation?

Every culture in the world has its own myths and legends and had different ways of joining up the stars into patterns. The ancient Greek constellation names were passed on only by historical accident, [more…]

Stargazing: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Who?

Stargazers identify stars and other objects in relation to which constellation they’re in. No matter what you’re looking for in the night sky, you can find it in one of the 88 official constellations. [more…]

The Southern Cross as a Stargazing Signpost

You can find a lot of great stargazing signposts in the southern skies — and none more so than the Southern Cross, Crux. The constellations that you can find by using the Southern Cross as a signpost are [more…]

Stargazing Terminology: Magnitude = Brightness

Astronomers measure a star’s brightness using something called the magnitude scale, where each star – or planet or faint fuzzy – has a magnitude brightness value. When looking up at stars from the Earth [more…]

How to Read a Star Map for Stargazing

When stargazing with your naked eyes, you can see more than 6,000 stars, 88 constellations, dozens of faint fuzzies, five planets, one Moon and more. A star map helps you become familiar with the constellations [more…]

Advanced Stargazing: Astrophotography Camera Types

When you’re moving beyond stargazing and into astrophotography, choosing the right camera for is often difficult. Three basic camera types allow you to do something a little different: [more…]

Stargazing: What is the Twilight Zone?

Even if you’re not into stargazing, you’ve heard of the Twilight Zone. Is it real? Yes, but not in a spooky way. Just after the Sun sets in the evening or just before it rises in the morning, the sky is [more…]

Stargazing: How are the Not-So-Bright Stars Named?

Constellations have a lot more stars than the Greek alphabet has letters, so once all the brighter ones have been given a Bayer letter, astronomers have to use a different system for naming stars. As a [more…]

9 Stargazing Marvels to Look For under a Dark Sky

Following are ten things to look for the next time you’re lucky enough to be out stargazing under a dark sky. You will have to travel to see everything discussed here: some are only visible from certain [more…]

10 Stargazing Targets for New Stargazers

As an excited newcomer to stargazing, you’ll want to get outside and start straight away. Here’s a quick list of targets that you can tick off on your way to mastering the night sky. If you’re hunting [more…]

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