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Binoculars – Every stargazer should own a pair, but which ones?

Binoculars

Binoculars – Every stargazer should own a pair!

We think of telescopes when looking at ways to explore the night sky. But binoculars are more useful than telescopes in many situations. They come in various shapes and sizes. Which ones are good for astronomy? Read the rest of this entry »

Photograph The Night Sky Using Your Iphone – Reloaded

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Photo by Grainge (Twitter: @grainge ) Photo by James Parker (Twitter: @JP_Astronomy ) Photo by Matt at iastrophotography.com

Photograph Stars, Meteors, Satellites and even Nebulae with your iPhone and NightCap Pro

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Telescopes Made Easy – The Ultimate List Of What to Buy

Telescopes Made Easy – The Simple List Of What to Buy

telescopes

Telescopes are tough to choose and confusing. There’s this type and that type. Big ones and small ones. Wooden ones. Plastic ones and telescopes made of metal. Telescopes with mirrors. Telescopes with lenses. Some long. Some short. Computerised, equatorial and manual. The list of different features, specifications and options goes on and on! Which one do you choose?

You can buy astronomy magazines. Read all the ads and research the internet. Ask around, seek advice and spend a lot of time deciding on the right telescope. Time-consuming and confusing for many!

Don’t worry, help is at hand.

This isn’t a guide to choosing telescopes, it’s a list! There are guides on this site, such as the Beginners/ family telescope guide.  This article lists telescopes in a simple way. What they do and suitability for you! Read the rest of this entry »

Geminid Meteor Shower 2016 – Most Reliable Meteor Shower of The Year

Geminid Meteor Shower 2016

Geminid Meteor Shower Eye Of the Needle Credit: David Kingham Photography - @davidkingham

Geminid Meteor Shower Eye Of the Needle Credit: David Kingham Photography – @davidkingham

The Geminid meteor shower is the grand finale of astronomical events in 2016.  It’s the most reliable and prolific of the annual meteor showers.

This year the Moon is going to be full when the Geminids at their peak hiding the fainter meteors. Don’t let this put you off looking as there should still be plenty to see and the brighter meteors/ fireballs are spectacular!
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Night Sky Guide – Tonight’s Sky, Highlights of the December Night Sky

Night Sky Guide December 2016

Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets, and events. Tonight’s Sky, highlights of the December Night Sky. Read the rest of this entry »

Space Station (ISS) Pass Times December 2016

Space Station (ISS) Pass Times December 2016

Space Station Christmas 2016

Space Station (ISS) is back over UK evening skies during December 2016. There are some great passes leading up to the Christmas period.

The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built. Orbiting Earth at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles. Consequently, spotting the station is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment. You only need your eyes!

Fancy some festive fun? You could tell your Children it’s Santa on a practice run. Or whatever you think will fire their imaginations. A little bit of magic goes a long way with young children, maybe inspiring them in the future. You never know, Santa (The ISS passing over) could encourage a future Einstein, but most of all it’s fun.

How to Watch The Space Station

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Space Christmas Presents for Grown Ups – 50 of the Best!

Space Christmas Presents for Grown Ups – 50 of the Best!

Christmas Presents

Tis the season to be jolly and consequently Christmas Presents are foremost on our minds.

Following on from the very popular “50 Awesome Space Christmas present Ideas for Kids.” The Meteorwatch team have put together a fine collection of grown-ups Christmas presents which are out of this world. Instead of the usual guides and articles, we have simply put some space-related gift ideas together for you – It’s Christmas!  There are Christmas presents to please armchair astronomers and gifts to impress wannabe astronauts and more! It can be hard work thinking about what Christmas presents to buy friends and loved ones. So we made this gift list so you don’t have too. Read the rest of this entry »

Orion Constellation – Mighty Guardian of Winter Skies

The Orion Constellation – Mighty Guardian of Winter Skies

Orion Constellation

Orion Constellation – Credit Stellarium

Out of all the constellations in the night sky, one of the most well known and obvious is Orion. Anyone just looking up at the winter sky can’t help but notice this celestial wonder. Orion is probably the most striking of all the constellations. Let’s explore it some more. Read the rest of this entry »

50 Awesome Space Christmas Presents – Helpful Gift Ideas for Kids.

Christmas Presents

50 Awesome Space Christmas Presents – Helpful Gift Ideas for Kids.

Tis the season to be jolly and Christmas presents are foremost on our minds. Therefore the Meteorwatch team have put together a fine collection of children’s Christmas presents which are out of this world. Instead of the usual guides and articles, we have simply put some space-related gift ideas together for you – It’s Christmas!  There are Christmas presents to please the tiniest Space Cadets and gifts to impress the more grown up Space Rangers. It can be hard work thinking about what Christmas presents to buy friends and loved ones. So we made this gift list so you don’t have too. Read the rest of this entry »

Family Telescopes – A Guide to Choosing and Using the Right One

Family Telescopes

Family Telescopes

Interested in the night sky and thinking about buying a telescope? If like many families you like to do things together or have a tight budget, then this guide to choosing and using family telescopes is for you.  It’s also a great guide to beginners telescopes, the principals are the same.  Read the rest of this entry »