By: John Traveler
When one stands at any point on the Earth and looks out toward the horizon, the perspective does not afford any notion of the curvature of its surface. Likewise, when one observes the Sun Moon and planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn rising on the eastern...
Top astronomy books for kids
By: Deneice Arthurton
When you consider a child's natural tendency for curiosity about the world around them, combined with the enchantment that many of us feel when witnessing a bright full moon or a canopy of twinkling stars, it is no wonder that so many children become fascinated...
A guide to telescope mounts
By: Deneice Arthurton
If you are unfamiliar with telescopes you will probably be unaware that telescopes actually come in two main parts – the optical component and the mount, which is the generic term for the mechanism which supports the optics. Understanding the different types of mounts is...
Resources for urban stargazers
By: Ann Laughlin
Many people, from kids to great-grandparents, enjoy stargazing. Some have driven miles to find a dark, clear sky to view those twinkling lights. Finding a spot in the country is not a rule, though, to see all the wonders of our universe. There are great...
A guide to telescope mounts
By: Janette Waldron
A plethora of amateur and expert astronomers agree that telescopes are only as good as the tripods and mounts used to keep them stable. We all know that telescopes are used to magnify the sky and what actually sits in the sky, stars, moon and...
By: Mo Bruce
The biggest problem with stargazing in urban areas is light pollution. We are so used to the streetlights, floodlit stadiums, car parks and shopping malls, that we don’t notice this pollution until we stare upwards. Every bit of stray light radically drops the number...
By: Varun S.Kumar
Shooting stars are often confused with stars. A shooting star is not actually a star, nor does it shoot. However, it is a wrong notion that has penetrated the mindset of people. Shooting stars are streaks of light, visible to the naked eye, which actually...
Finding the perfect gift for an astronomy fanatic
By: Deneice Arthurton
Choosing gifts can be either a pleasure or a nightmare. Often a good starting point, with those that are hard to choose for, is considering gifts that are related to an individual's hobbies and interests. These tend to be well received as they show some...
By: Mo Bruce
There are two basic types of telescope mountings; these are the altazimuth and equatorial mountings. There are variations on quality and extras, but the telescope mountings are all based on these two standards. The altazimuth is the simpler of the two mountings, and also the...
A shopper's guide to telescopes for beginners
By: Janette Waldron
Knowing which telescope is best suited for a beginner can be quite a dilemma. The vast array of answers to the various questions one will have, can often be convoluted. This is due to a host of beginners seeking information in the wrong areas such...

 

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