Astronomy Techniques

Telescope Image Orientation – Why Is Everything Upside-Down and Back to Front?
Upside-down images can be frustrating for amateur astronomers. Read more to find out why it's normal and what solutions exist.
How to Use A Telescope: 14 Essential Steps to Loving the Night Sky
Did you just get your first telescope and have no idea how to set it up or use it? These 14 easy steps are the key to your success!
How to Read a Star Chart
Star maps are an essential tool for backyard astronomers to find their way around the heavens. Our simple guide cuts through star chart confusion.
How to Collimate a Telescope – Your Complete Guide to Better Focus
Telescope collimation can be scary for an astronomy beginner, but it shouldn't be. Our easy collimation guide and video make it simple for everyone.
Night Sky Photography Guide – How to Take Pictures of Stars and the Milky Way
Did you ever want to photograph the night sky, but were put off thinking it's too technical. Our 10-point beginner's guide shows you how easy it is to get started!
Using Astronomy Laser Pointers to Improve Your Stargazing
Green laser pointers are a simple, cheap and effective tool for improving your enjoyment of the night sky. Yet, they can also be dangerous. Find out how to use them safely for maximum stargazing enjoyment.
What is Good Seeing? The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide
Seeing can make or break an evening of backyard astronomy. In this article, you'll learn what causes bad seeing, how to measure it, what we can do to minimize it and what to look at when it's really poor.
5 Vital Hand Shapes to Measure Angles in the Sky
Sometimes we just need to skip across the sky a few degrees without needing to do it scientifically. Thankfully, you can use your own hands to estimate five standard night sky angles, and this article shows you how.
What is Star Hopping and How is it Useful for Backyard Astronomers?
Star hopping is a must-have technique for backyard astronomers. If you've ever struggled to find an object in the night sky, then this simple technique might be just what you're missing out on!
How to Align a Finderscope – A Simple Guide for Complete Beginners
Your finderscope is a valuable piece of equipment if it's properly aligned with your scope, and almost useless if it's not. This simple, 2-step guide is designed for the complete beginner and will give you a perfectly aligned finderscope in just a few minutes.
How to Clean a Telescope Lens in Five Simple Steps
Cleaning your telescope lens might just be what's needed to bring it back to life. Follow these five simple steps to do it effectively and with low risk to your valuable optics.
How to Use a Planisphere
What is it, why you MUST have one, how they work and some hacks to get the very most out of your planisphere.
9 Top Tips for Stunning Night Sky Views
Getting the most out of an evenings viewing requires some prep - which of these tips are on your list?