Getting Started with Your New Telescope
How to start out right with a new telescope — a guide to what you need to know, how to set it up, and things you can start finding with it in tonight's sky.
Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations
How to Choose a Telescope
The incredible variety of telescopes presents a real challenge for first-time buyers. Here's a no-nonsense primer to an astronomical rite of passage.
A Selection of Observing Resources for Getting Started in Astronomy
Here are some great books, star charts, and other observing accessories to help you get the most out of your new telescope.
Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations
Hobby Killers: What Telescopes Not to Buy
Here’s how to avoid buying an expensive doorstop.
Cameras: Guides & Recommendations
First Look: Canon's EOS Ra Mirrorless Camera
Canon's new EOS Ra Mirrorless camera for astrohptography promises to make a big splash in the imaging community. Here's a look at some of its features.
MallinCam's Live View Camera
MallinCam unveils its newest addition to the SkyRaider Video Camera series, the SkyRaider DS10c ($929.99).
Celestron's 8-Inch Astrograph
Celestron announces the newest addition to its line of ultra-fast astrographs. The 8-inch Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph ($1,699) is an f/2 optic designed exclusively for deep-sky imaging.
Adam Block Studios' Processing Lessons
Adam Block Studios now offers streaming video tutorials that teach astrophotographers how to use the popular image-processing software PixInsight via comprehensive and in-depth lessons. PixInsight Fundamentals ($180) is an in-depth primer of the core functionality of the powerful software package, while PixInsight Horizons ($250) discusses many advanced techniques to help you get the most out of your image data.
Hubble Optics' UL24 Dobsonian
Hubble Optics, known for manufacturing high-quality Newtonian reflector optics, now offers the UL24, a 24-inch f/3.3 ultra-light Dobsonian ($9,500), a Newtonian reflector built for travel.
Primer of the Southern Skies
Author (and former S&T editor) Stephen James O’Meara rolls out his latest ebook Diamonds in the Sky: Discover the Stars Over Botswana ($5.98). This introductory field guide to exploring the night skies is geared towards, though not limited to, anyone considering a trip to the exceedingly dark southern skies of Botswana.
NexYZ: Celestron's New Smartphone Adapter
Celestron announces the NexYZ 3-Axis Universal Smartphone Adapter ($59.95) which allows you to use most any smartphone camera to capture the brighter solar system objects and even some deep-sky targets.
Stellarvue's New Wide-Field EP
Stellarvue's expansion of its Optimus line of 100° eyepieces introduces a new 13.5-mm Optimus 1¼-inch eyepiece ($349) that fills the void between 9 and 20 mm offerings.
Rogelio Bernal Andreo's Nightscape Tutorials
Author and elite astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo releases his latest book Notes from the Stars: Ten nightscape master classes by ten world-class night photographers ($50).
Tele Vue Optics Bandmate Filters
Tele Vue Optics teams up with filter manufacturer Astronomik to revamp its series of nebula filters for deep-sky observing. The Tele Vue Bandmate Type 2 Filters are offered in three select passbands and are offered in ¼-inch (starting at $100) and 2-inch format ($200 and up).
Southern Stars' Satellite Spotter
Southern Stars now offers an updated app for satellite observers using Apple devices. Formerly known as Satellite Safari, Orbitrack ($4.99) includes a host of new features to track the orbital path of more than 3,500 satellites.
Celestron's Ultimate Astrograph
Celestron announces its flagship astrograph, the 36 cm Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph ($12,995). This 14-inch, f/2.2 optical system is designed to record pinpoint stars across a 60-mm image circle.
Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment
Astronomy for Beginners: How to Get Started in Backyard Astronomy
Astronomy doesn't deserve its reputation as a tough, expensive hobby. You just need to begin with the right advice.
Willmann-Bell's New Observing Guide
Willmann-Bell releases The Night Sky Observer’s Guide Volume 4: The Glories of the Milky Way to -54° by George Robert Kepple ($34.95).
One of the most popular planetarium apps for Apple devices gets a big update. SkySafari 6 (starting at $2.99) once again expands the usefulness of this popular app.
Willmann-Bell's Continuing Compendium
Willmann-Bell releases the 5th volume of Annals of the Deep Sky: A Survey of Galactic and Extragalactic Objects by Jeff Kanipe and Dennis Webb ($24.95). The series continues to be the most up-to-date and comprehensive observing guide available in the 21st century.