The Best Time for Stargazing: Moon Time? Earth Time?

If you’re a beginner backyard astronomer, whether you’re into stargazing by the campfire or looking at the moon and planets through your telescope, at some point, you’re bound to want to pinpoint the best time for stargazing for a group or individual experience. Let’s investigate. As long as we’ve existed, humans have looked toward the … Read more

How To Look After A Telescope For Best Viewing Results

In this article, we answer the frequently asked questions around how to take care of a telescope, including tips on how best to store, clean, and perform maintenance on your telescope and what not to do so you can get the most enjoyment out of using it. Ever since Copernicus, Galileo, and the other early … Read more

How To See Saturn And Its Rings For Backyard Viewers

Looking for an opportunity to get a good look at Saturn’s rings through a backyard view? What about just a good set of astronomy binoculars? There are certain times you are more likely to get a better view than others. Let’s investigate…how to see Saturn. Can you see Saturn’s ring with binoculars or must you … Read more

See Jupiter Through Telescope: Magnification, Moons & More

If you own a telescope you may be wondering what magnification works best for observing Jupiter and what features are you likely to see? Moons? Rings? The Great Red Spot? You know how great Jupiter looks through the eyes of NASA, but what about Jupiter through telescope types available to you… From music and the … Read more

How To Collimate a Dobsonian Telescope (diagrams included)

If you’ve got a Dobsonian, at some stage you’ll need to collimate it. How do you do that? It may seem overwhelming. To help you with that, the following takes you through the steps on how to collimate a Dobsonian telescope. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a painless process… A Dobsonian is … Read more