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Explore Space with the Star Walk App for iPad

A purely astronomy-oriented app, Star Walk brings the heavens straight down to your iPad. It has several features, but when you first open it, you'll be asked for your current location. Once you've given [more…]

Focusing with Binoculars for Stargazing

If you use binoculars for your stargazing, you need to get them into focus before you begin. Once your binoculars are focused, the stars you see should look incredibly sharp. You can focus most binoculars [more…]

Aligning Your Telescope and Finderscope for Stargazing

When you use a telescope for your stargazing, it usually comes with a finderscope, a small attachment which allows you to focus on the correct part of the sky. To align your finderscope and telescope: [more…]

Using the Big Dipper as a Stargazing Signpost

One of the great signposts in the northern hemisphere sky is the Big Dipper, also known as the Plough, an asterism in the constellation of Ursa Major. If you can find the Big Dipper, then you’re well on [more…]

Using Orion as a Stargazing Signpost

Orion is great signpost constellation to use for your stargazing. In fact, it may be the very best, because you can use the stars of Orion to find seven other constellations immediately around it. [more…]

Stargazing Targets: Northern and Southern Polar Constellations

Both northern and southern hemisphere stargazers are treated to many striking constellations that are visible any night of the year – the northern and southern polar constellations. These constellations [more…]

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…]


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