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Observation Tips

Astronomy observing tips for the amateur astronomer for the getting the best our of your observation of the nights sky. Learn what you can observe, how to get the most from your equipment and a guide to the different types of objects you may encounter.

25 Stunning Sights Every Astronomer Should See
08/06/2015Observation Tips
Here is a collection of my top 25 wish list items to see in the sky at night ranging from Iridium flares to solar flares and distant galaxies.
Sky Orientation through a Telescope
08/06/2014Observation Tips
Looking through an eyepiece, the sky will take on a different orientation depending on which telescope you use.
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Comet ISON Viewing Guide
Comet ISON is already visible through binoculars but it is set to get even brighter over the coming weeks as it makes its approach to the Sun. Here are a few pointers to observe the Comet of the Century.
Why do Stars Twinkle?
I often get asked Why do Stars Twinkle? So I thought I'd answer the question with an article, and also mix in a few tips for astronomers looking to eliminate star twinkling.
Light Pollution
03/05/2013Observation Tips
Light pollution is defined as any source of artificial light that shines outside the area it is intended to illuminate. It has become a growing problem for the past couple of decades and is a particular problem for astronomers as they are quite literally blinded by the light.
What are the Symbols used to Represent the Planets?
20/04/2013Observation Tips
When astronomy was closely linked to astrology, astronomical symbols were used to represent various celestial objects, theoretical constructs and observational events in astronomy.
A Visual Guide to the Meteor Showers
15/06/2012Observation Tips
Each year the Earth moves through a number of meteoroid streams, producing meteor showers at roughly the same time each year. This handy chart shows you when the most active showers occur throughout the year, along with their Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR).
Binocular Astronomy
03/06/2010Observation Tips
Binoculars play a big part in astronomy for beginners and experienced amateurs alike. They are generally cheaper and much easier to use than telescopes and offer a broad range of what's on offer in the nights sky.
The Danjon Scale
02/06/2010Observation Tips
The Danjon Scale of lunar eclipse brightness is a five-point scale useful for measuring the appearance and luminosity of the Moon during a lunar eclipse. It was proposed by André-Louis Danjon when he was measuring the Earthshine on the Moon.
A Guide to Asterisms
30/04/2009Observation Tips
Asterisms are patterns of stars (similar to constellations) that are either part of a constellation or entirely separate. They are as old as the constellations, and as well known, but are not recognised as official constellations.