Everyone who looks skyward eventually learns that light pollution is a growing problem for astronomers, be they professionals or amateurs. This growing problem diminishes what can be seen and the amount of detail that can be seen as we marvel at the wonders of the universe. But don’t give up. This is one of those … Read moreEverything You Want to Know About Light Pollution
For those who don’t have a lot to spend or aren’t sure whether they’re interested in astronomy, binoculars are a great choice. They can be used for terrestrial purposes, take up very little space, and since there is a far larger market for binoculars than telescopes, they tend to be very cheap. Binoculars are also … Read moreBest Binoculars for Astronomy
You bought your first telescope, now what? If you really want to experience the best, you should get some telescope equipment that would work with your telescope. In this article about astronomy gears, you’ll find some tips and ideas that will help you begin your astronomy journey. Even if you’re looking to gift something related to … Read moreStargazing Tools – Accessories to Add To Your New Telescope
While nothing can quite beat the thrill of seeing the stars up close with the naked eye by peering through a lone telescope, astrophotography takes things to the next level by providing clearer pictures of celestial bodies and allowing you to share their beauty with others. When I talk about astrophotography, I am referring to … Read moreBest Telescope for Astrophotography – Review & Buyer’s Guide 2019
There are a lot of terminologies to learn when you start a new hobby and astronomy is no exception. In particular, there are a lot of unfamiliar words and phrases related to the hardware you’ll be using. In this article, we’re going to talk about field of view in astronomy and how that impacts your observing … Read moreWhat’s a Telescope’s Field of View and How Do I Calculate it?
Most people, looking for their first telescope, will have an image in their mind of a long tube with a lens on one end and an eyepiece in the other. That describes a refractor telescope. This is the type that was made popular by Galileo in the early 1600s. They start their shopping only to … Read moreReflector vs. Refractor Telescopes – Which Is Better?
Most telescopes come with one or two eyepieces which give you one or two magnification options. However, if you want to optimize your viewing experience you’ll need to invest in a better-quality eyepiece. By having a range of magnifications you can optimize the image, which means you need more eyepieces. I want to help you select the … Read moreBest Telescope Eyepieces – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide
What’s the most distant object you can see with just your eyes? You might name a local building or point to an aircraft flying overhead. You might even guess the name of a distant star, but an astronomer will give a different answer: the Andromeda Galaxy. Just how far away is it? The Andromeda Galaxy is … Read moreHow to Find the Andromeda Galaxy?
You have your new telescope, your first. You followed the assembly guide and now you want to get the most you can out of your investment. This first time telescope user’s guide is exactly what you are looking for. I will define terms like aperture, focal length, optical tube, mount, focuser, and eyepiece. You will … Read moreHow to Use a Telescope: First Time Users’ Guide By An Expert
The purpose of this article is to give you a framework upon which to budget for a first telescope. I will give examples based on price ranges and point out what going to the next class will get you. I will also bring out key considerations, like size and weight, so you can get a … Read moreHow Much Does a Good Telescope Cost?