General Guides

Buying your first telescope

Buying a telescope for the first time can be daunting. We reveal what you should look for as you take your first steps into the world of amateur astronomy.

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The historic transit will be best seen from the southern hemisphere

Some travel ideas if you're in search of a better view of this highly anticipated celestial event

The Northern Lights from Bardufoss, Norway

Graham Southorn takes a trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights

Observing Jupiter's moons

The Solar System's largest planet has the most moons, four of which are easy to see.

A guide to seeing and atmospheric transparency

How the atmosphere affects your ability to observe stars and planets by a surprising amount.

Written by Anton Vamplew.

Understand star co-ordinates and star charts

Navigate your way around the night sky, understanding how starcharts and co-ordinates work

Find your way around the skies

If you’re starting out in astronomy, then our star-hopping tutorial is the best method of learning your way around the heavens.

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