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Basic Stargazing Essentials

Here are five important tips to help get you started. Read more ›

Categories: Getting Started, Observing the Sky

The Joys of Stargazing

What compels you to view the night sky? Read more ›

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Getting Started in Astronomy: Part 4

Once you know the basics, going deeper is fun and easy. Read more ›

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Getting Started in Astronomy: Part 3

Stargazing and telescopes go hand in hand. Read more ›

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Getting Started in Astronomy: Part 2

There’s plenty to see from your backyard especially if you use binoculars. Read more ›

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Getting Started in Astronomy: Part 1

The universe is a vast, magnificent place. And it’s yours to explore on any clear night. Read more ›

Categories: Getting Started

Telescopes for the Moon

What kind of telescope is best for viewing the Moon? As with so many things, there isn’t a single ‘right’ answer. Read more ›

Categories: Getting Started, Moon and Planets, Telescopes and Accessories

What Type of Astronomy Enthusiast Are You?

From casual to serious, amateur astronomers cover the spectrum. Read more ›

Categories: Getting Started, Observing the Sky

Become a Better Observer: Sketch!

An experienced observer offers advice on how you can see more through your telescope, no matter what size it is. Read more ›

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Categories: Clusters, Nebulas, and Galaxies, Getting Started

Tips For Beginning (and Not-So-Beginning) Astronomers

Even the top backyard-astronomy gurus admit (or should admit) that they will never know it all. But there are some fundamental truths that deserve to be more widely known. Read more ›

Categories: Getting Started, Observing the Sky, Stars and Constellations

Telescope Glossary

Can’t tell a Maksutov from a Newtonian?  In the dark about the difference between resolution and focal ratio?  This  glossary of optical terminology will help. Read more ›

Categories: Getting Started, Teachers and Students, Telescopes and Accessories

Tips for First-Telescope Buyers

By the time you’re ready to buy your second telescope, you’ll likely know what you want. But that first purchase is often a shot in the dark. Read more ›

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Categories: Getting Started, Stargazing Gear, Telescopes and Accessories
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