Dark Skies and Conservation

Amateur Astronomy: Basics

This section covers the bare essentials of astronomy – what it is, what’s visible in the night sky and what instruments to start exploring with.

What Is Amateur Astronomy, and Why Should You Do It?

What’s The Difference Between Astronomy and Astrology?

What’s The Difference Between Astronomy and Astrology?

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Telescope First

Learning the Night Sky

Learning to recognise the sky above you can be overwhelming when all the stars look the same and you don’t know what’s what. This section walks you through understanding the contents and movement of the sky, one step at a time.

The Static Sky

Reference Points in the Sky

Orienting Yourself

Amateur Astronomy: Preparation

There are many factors to consider when planning to observe the sky. This section touches on a few basic elements you should try to get right before your stargazing session, and some tools to help you do this.

How the Moon Affects Your Stargazing Sessions

Apps To Track Phases of the Moon

Dark Adaptation

What to Pack for an Observing Session

Binocular Observing

Binoculars are an underrated instrument for astronomy. They offer surprisingly detailed views of objects in the night sky. This section explains how to choose and use binoculars to get the most out of your observing session.