Astronomy Resources

This is our go-to page for all astronomy resources for backyard astronomer. If there’s a good resource you know of that will help your fellow astronomers, email [email protected].


We don’t cover much on the subject on Love the Night Sky, but we do have a guide to photographing the night sky and a guide to the best astrophotography telescopes. For more specialist coverage, try these sites:


There aren’t hundreds of astronomy blogs out there, but the best are those which have been around for years and are still updated regularly. Here’s our pick of the bunch:

  • Astronomy Links: It is not clean or pretty, but it is the most comprehensive list of astronomy links on the net
  • Astroblog: Ian Musgrave expert astronomy writings. Based in Australia, this is a ‘must visit’ for southern hemisphere observers
  • The Space Writer: Carolyn Collins Petersen has been writing on this blog for many years and has regular updates a few times each month
  • Sky-Lights: A blog by Dan Heim about astronomy, meteorology, and earth science, posted every Monday since 2005


Unlike blogs, there are hundreds of astronomy books available. Rather than bombard you with options, here are just a few of our favorites. The links click through to Amazon, where you can buy a copy.


Astronomy clubs are a great way to meet fellow stargazers and learn more about the night sky. We have information on physical and virtual clubs.


There are a few decent titles to choose from (see why we recommend Sky & Telescope). Click on the links to see current subscription prices on Amazon.


Dan Heim has kindly provided a comprehensive pdf document to help us all with pronouncing astronomy terms the correct way.

Click here to download the pdf.


We only recommend two different pieces of astronomy software, one is free and the other paid.

  • Stellarium: Free astronomy software you download to your computer. It is comprehensive if not always the easiest to use
  • Sky Safari 6: This software is paid for but offers much easier user controls, has more detail available and has greater scope in what it can be used for

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