General Guides

Beginner's guide to equatorial mounts - Pt 1

Putting your telescope on an equatorial mount allows you to follow stars as they (appear to) move across the night sky.

For newcomers to astronomy, setting up an EQ mount may seem a daunting task. BBC Sky at Night Magazine shows you how.

By Anton Vamplew.

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If you’re a newcomer to astronomy, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll have you marvelling at the Universe in no time.

Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine in print or digital for up to date advice and guides to practical astronomy, and reviews of the latest kit.

 

How to take social media-quality night sky images with your mobile phone

How to take social media-quality night sky images with your mobile phone

How to take social media-quality night sky images with your mobile phone

The second part of our guide to getting the best astrophotos with a smartphone c

The second part of our guide to getting the best astrophotos with a smartphone camera

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.

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