Beginners' Guides

If you are new to these hobbies for the first time you’re in the right place. Our backyard astronomer beginners’ guides will take you through everything you need to know when choosing a telescope or astronomy binoculars including the magnifications, eyepieces, how to find objects, maintaining your telescope, and how to store it safely when it’s not in use.

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 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

How To Collimate A Celestron Telescope In 3 Easy Steps

Celestron is a well-known telescope brand and if you happen to have one you’ll want to keep it at its best. To maintain its performance, you may need to collimate it. Here’s a step by step on how to collimate a Celestron telescope starting with how to know whether it needs collimating. Collimation is basically … Read more

Tips On Using Sky Maps | Star Charts For Beginners

Sky maps or star charts point to where the planets and constellation sit in the sky at a given date and time. While sky map apps on your mobile device are useful, the manual types, finder charts, planispheres, or the like, are best for a few reasons. This article covers why plus tips on using … Read more

Benefits + Tricks Of How To Use A Barlow Lens

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What is a 2x Barlow lens, included with my telescope? Is it worth it? Why not just use a few favorite eyepieces? Let’s look at the benefits as well as how to use a Barlow eyepiece. What Does A Barlow Lens Do? Before we touch on how to use a Barlow eyepiece, it’s worth noting … Read more