Cassiopeia is one of the night sky's most recognizable views. It's also above the horizon all night, making it perfect for improving your astronomy skills.
How to See Mercury Through A Telescope
Mercury is an illusive planet to find for astronomers because it's so close to the sun. In our easy guide, we'll help you discover it for yourself.
How to See Neptune Through a Telescope
Neptune is the hardest planet for amateur astronomers to find because it's not visible with the naked eye. Use our simple guide to see it with your scope.
How to See Uranus Through a Telescope
Uranus is one of the harder planets for amateur astronomers to find, but it is definitely possible. Use our simple guide to learn where & when to look.
Solar & Lunar Eclipses in 2019
Discover all of the solar and lunar eclipses which will happen in 2019, including when and where to see them.
Celestial Coordinates – The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide
Understanding and using celestial coordinates can feel daunting. In this simple guide to everything associated Right Ascension and Declination, you'll learn to use it with ease!
How to See Jupiter Through a Telescope
Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system and, with a wealth of dynamic features, is a 'must see', even in smaller telescopes.
How Many Stars Can I See at Night?
Even though there are 100's of billions of stars in the Milky Way, we can only see a few thousand from Earth. Find out how many...
The Best Meteor Showers of 2019
As we roll through 2019, Earth is touring the sun yet again, encountering debris left behind by comets along the[...]
Zodiacal Light – How to See a False Dawn (or Dusk)
Zodiacal light is a large but delicate phenomenon that we get chance to spot just twice a year. In this article, we show you how.
What Planets are Visible Tonight? The Indispensable Astronomer’s Guide to Finding and Seeing the Planets in 2019
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.
What is a Field of View in Astronomy and Why is it Useful?
Your field of view can make a dramatic difference to the quality of your backyard astronomy. In this article we give you a guide on why knowing your field of view is important and how to work it out.
Light Pollution – A Comprehensive Guide for the Backyard Astronomer
Have you put off buying a telescope because light pollution means you can’t see the stars from your backyard?You don’t[...]
What is Magnitude in Astronomy? Absolute, Apparent and Stellar Magnitude Explained for the Backyard Astronomer.
Magnitude is the way we describe how bright a stellar object is. However, it's not as simple as it could be to understand, so use this guide to navigate the quirks of this vital astronomy measurement.
What Color are Stars? The Astronomer’s Guide to Seeing a Stellar Rainbow
Have you noticed that Betelgeuse is the only reddish star in Orion? Maybe you’ve noticed other stars that shine with[...]
How to Set Up Sky Safari 5
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 Galaxy Cluster – A Complete Guide for the Backyard Astronomer
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.
12 Best Deep Space Objects for Backyard Astronomers – Part Two
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.
12 Best Deep Space Objects for Backyard Astronomers – Part One
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.
Messier Marathon: What is it and How Do I Plan One?
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!