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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 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 »

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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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 »

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 »

Biggest Supermoon for 70 Years! Coming This November.

The Biggest Supermoon for 70 Years!


This November brings an epic celestial event – A Supermoon.  Not just any old Moon, the closest, brightest and largest full Moon for 86 years!

Visible to most of the planet, so don’t miss this epic lunar spectacle.  Read the rest of this entry »

Taurid Meteor Shower 2016 – Bright Fireballs on Chilly Nights

Taurid Meteor Shower 2016

Taurid Fireball Credit: Bill Allen @OutwestK9

Taurid Fireball Credit: Bill Allen @OutwestK9

The Taurid meteor shower is one of the annual meteor showers. It’s not a shower with lots of meteors like the Geminids in December or Perseids in summer, but the few meteors it produces are incredibly bright fireballs! Well worth looking out for. Read the rest of this entry »

Night Sky Guide November 2016

November 2016

Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets, and events. Tonight’s Sky, highlights of the November Sky.

Evening Planets

After sunset, look for bright Venus shining low in the southwest. Dimmer Saturn accompanies Venus for the first few days of the month. Use a telescope to get a better view before the planets sink below the horizon. Reddish Mars appears high in the southwest as the sky darkens. Try to spot details on the planet with a telescope.

Constellations and Deep-Sky Objects

Some fish, a ram, and a triangle can all be found in the November night sky. Pisces, in ancient mythology, are twin fish tied together. They represent two Greek gods fleeing fire. Look for the circlets of stars high in the southern sky. Just to the east of Pisces lies Aries, the golden ram of the Greek gods. It is a dim constellation. Pisces and Aries are in the zodiac, the band of sky through which the Sun appears to travel. Triangulum, a simple geometric constellation, has been identified since ancient times. Look for it next to the Ram and the Fish. The lovely Triangulum Galaxy resides here. It belongs to the same cluster of galaxies that includes our own Milky Way. Also known as M33, the galaxy is about 3 million light-years distant. It can be seen in a dark sky with binoculars.

Morning Planets

Jupiter shines in the southeastern sky before dawn. Get a good view of the giant planet’s cloud bands through the sights of a telescope.


November boasts the Leonid meteor shower. This shower is the result of Earth’s annual passage through the dust trails left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which returns to the inner solar system every 33 years. Look for meteors on the evening of November 17th and early morning of November 18th. Unfortunately, bright moonlight will make it difficult to see fainter Leonid meteors this year. The night sky is always a celestial showcase. Explore its wonders from your own backyard – Credit

How To Watch The Perseid Meteor Shower

How to Watch and Observe Meteors

Deck chair meteor

One of the good things about meteors is that you don’t need any equipment-just your eyes and a bit of patience.  Even in a so-called ’meteor shower’, it is rare to get more than one meteor a minute; don’t be surprised if you see nothing for five or ten minutes, then two meteors in a row. Read the rest of this entry »

Perseid Meteor Shower – Perseids Set To Outburst In 2016

The Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

Raining Perseids

The Perseid Meteor Shower Image Credit :- Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Perseids are one of the most prolific and best-known of the meteor showers and the Perseid Meteor Shower can be seen in late July and through August each year, with the maximum Perseid meteor activity on or around 11/12/13 August. 2016 could see an outburst of meteors of approximately 200 per hour! Read the rest of this entry »