Here you can find all the articles relating to astronomy tools and challenges. Sky Safari 5 is a 'must have' piece of software for backyard astronomers, but using it can feel daunting if you are new to it. The 10 short videos in this article walk you through every setting you need to get up and running. The Virgo Cluster of Galaxies is a small path of sky rich in relatively bright galaxies. This cluster provides many nights' of great observing, and we show you how to get the best of it from your own backyard. Deep space objects (DSOs) are the holy grail for many backyard astronomers. Yet, they can be hard to find, especially compared to planets. In this second part of our 2-part guide, we share the best DSOs for the beginner in fall and winter. Deep space objects (DSOs) are the holy grail for many backyard astronomers. Yet, they can be hard to find, especially compared to planets. In this 2-part guide, we share the best DSOs for the beginner by season. There are only a few locations and a few nights of the year when it's possible to see all 110 Messier objects in one night. This thorough article gives you everything you need to achieve success in your hunt! 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. Barlow lenses are a simple way to double or treble the magnification of your existing eyepiece collection. Put simply, if you want to cost effectively double the eyepieces in your collection, then you have to buy a Barlow lens. One of the most common questions new astronomers ask is 'how long will it take to get dark after sunset?' This short article sets out a comprehensive answer, and it has more to do with where you live than you might think... Telescope filters are a relatively inexpensive way to get better views from your existing telescope. Here's our quick guide to get you started! There are five circumpolar constellations visible across the USA. They are the best way of finding your way around the night sky and you can learn all about them and how to use them in this simple guide. When you've seen Saturn's rings, her moons are the next feature to hunt for. She's got 62 all together, but do you know how many you can see through a 6" telescope? One of the most common questions we're asked is: "What planets are visible tonight?" This article answers that, and many more questions, for each of the 5 visible planets. Forget what you've been told, magnification is NOT how telescopes work! Just one thing defines how well a telescope works... and it's revealed here. Messier objects are some of the best sights in the night sky, these 12 will keep you going all year long. Eyepieces are responsible for getting the best out of the image your scope collects, this article explains how they work, which are the best ones and how to pick the right magnification for you. These two are the biggest magazines in Astronomy - I pit them against each other to discover which one is the best for backyard astronomers.