Learn how to set up and operate observing equipment
In this episode, Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich answers one of the most common eyepiece questions he receives: What do those numbers mean?
Learn how what Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich calls the least appreciated observing accessory can help you spot granulation and track sunspots on our home star.
In this first installment visiting Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich's "Little Corner of the Universe," learn what to look for and test when picking out new binoculars.
A 16-page must-have handbook for any beginning observer, this booklet includes descriptions of telescope types, mounts, accessories, basic night-sky targets, and more.
Portable and relatively inexpensive, binoculars offer great views of the Moon, comets, Milky Way star fields, and large deep-sky objects.
Buying a telescope is a big decision. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich shares the top 10 things you should know before buying your first telescope.
Now that you've bought a telescope, here are some ideas about what to start observing.
Using a large, high-quality telescope is one of the joys of amateur astronomy.
Filters are an essential part of an amateur astronomer's arsenal.
Astronomy Editor David J. Eicher sketches the galaxy NGC 1023 and shares his techniques for putting on paper what he sees in the eyepiece.
A guide to the programs that can help you along on your astronomy endeavors.
Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich's personal astronomy library tops 2,500 books. Here, he describes types of astronomy books and how to collect them.
Astronomy Editor David J. Eicher shares treasures from his personal meteorite collection and gives advice on starting your own.
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