Astronomy for Beginners

New to astronomy? Not sure how to get started in stargazing or which telescope to buy?

Here’s where you’ll find observing guides, how-to articles and great astronomy hints and tips. Don’t forget to check out our comprehensive astronomy dictionary.

Astronomy Dictionary

The study of the surface of the Moon.

Bayer designation

This is given to stars in a constellation to indicate their order of brightness using the Greek alphabet; where Alpha (a) denotes the brightest star in a constellations and Beta (b) denotes the second brightest and so on.

Amp glow

This is the (usually pink/red) glow seen on the edges of some DSLR images caused by infrared radiation from the camera’s amplifier.

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