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Community Leaders: Notable Astronomers

George Carruthers: Telescope Maker and Lunar Pioneer

Astronomer and engineer George Carruthers (1939–2020) designed and built the first observatory on another world.

image brightness change example

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

How Focal Ratio Affects Your Astro Images

Understand focal ratio to improve your astrophotography.

Beyond the Printed Page

Finders for "Southerly Planetary Nebulae"

Find close-up finders for 16 targets covered in Don Ferguson's observing article in the June 2021 issue of Sky & Telescope.

Luminance image of M81 and M82

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Tips for Imaging Galaxies from Your Backyard

You don't need a dark-sky location to shoot galaxies — you can capture them from your backyard with these tips.

Reflected starlight

Community Leaders: Notable Astronomers

Giorgia Hofer, Nightscape Astrophotographer

An Italian accountant, captivated by the sky since childhood, learned astrophotography to bring the heavens home with her.

Daytime planet fest

Solar System

Planets and Comets Can't Hide from SOHO's Eye

With the help of the Solar Heliospheric Observatory you can not only keep track of the planets in the daytime sky but maybe even discover a comet.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

In Astrophotography, Bigger Is Not Always Better!

Don't be intimidated by astrophotography equipment — modest equipment can do great things.

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

A Free Tool for Lucky Imaging

Check out this free astrophotography software package that'll make processing your lucky images — especially of the Sun and Moon — a snap.

SkyWatch 2021

Stargazing Basics

SkyWatch 2021 — Four Seasons Under the Stars

SkyWatch is back! Whether you're new to astronomy or a seasoned practitioner, SkyWatch 2021 has something for everyone.

Closeup of a modern high speed camera

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Two Ways to Use Video for Astrophotography

Use high-speed cameras to capture spectacular live views of galaxies and high-res images of the Moon and planets.

Community Leaders: Notable Astronomers

Dara Norman, Astronomer and Astronomy-Enabler

After delving into the connection between quasars and gravitational lensing, Dara Norman pivoted to paving the way for astronomers to do the work they love.

Raw vs. Polished Image

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Astro-Imaging: The Truth about Raw Data

What "comes off the camera" is remarkably different in astrophotography than most photographers expect coming from a digital camera experience.

Cassiopeia in Ha

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Do Science With Your Astrophotography

Astrophotography can be its own reward, but there are ways to dig deeper. Here are some ways to do quantitative science with your images.

Gibor Basri

Community Leaders: Notable Astronomers

Gibor Basri: Brown Dwarf Pioneer

The astronomer’s stellar studies led to the first confirmed discovery of a “failed star” and played a critical role in getting the Kepler Space Telescope off the ground.

Supernova in a galaxy

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

The Scientific Value of "Pretty Pictures"

Even processed images still contain data that's of scientific value.

Pocket Sky Atlas cover, Jumbo edition

Astronomy Products

Here’s What’s New in the Pocket Sky Atlas, 2nd Edition

Sky & Telescope presents the second edition of its most popular celestial atlases, the Pocket Sky Atlas and the Jumbo Pocket Sky Atlas!

Community Leaders: Notable Astronomers

Benjamin Banneker: Self-taught Astronomer

The story of astronomer and polymath Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806) is one of dignity and ingenuity against the backdrop of slavery and racism.

Fisheye Meteor Shower

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Catch A Shooting Star (with Your Camera)

Catching a falling star is easier than you think . . . when you use a camera!

Imaging the Moon

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Astrophotography: Picking Your Pixels

The drive for smaller pixels comes from wanting more resolution. But in astrophotography, bigger pixels capture more light.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Backyard Projects for At-home Astrophotographers

Can’t get to your favorite dark sky site? Do not despair, a great many targets and techniques are still available to the backyard imager.

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