Do you want to learn the constellations? Locate a planet? What you need is a good star chart. That could be the Interactive Sky Chart on our website. Or, bigger and more colorful, the monthly all-sky chart in each issue of Sky & Telescope magazine. Or a star wheel, also known as a planisphere. Whichever you need, the below video will show you everything you need to know about how to use star charts!

But whatever kind of map you use, you need a few simple tips on how to use it. Click below to watch a YouTube video of S&T senior editor Alan MacRobert explaining how to use star charts and star wheels in his own inimitable style.

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Darren

May 3, 2011 at 1:28 am

This was excellent and highly informative. Thank you so much for simply thinking to post it. And I appreciate Mr. MacRoberts' enthusiasm. Tell you what, your subscription rate is very reasonable, I'm going to sign up. This seems like a very worthwhile publication (and no folks, I'm not a plant, ha, just a new fan of the night skies).

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JERRY

January 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

THANK YOU

THAT WAS GREAT FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE WHO COULD EXPLAIN
FINDING THE NIGHT STARS WITHOUT HAVING TO BUY SOMETHING
ELSE GREAT STUFF

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Howard Poole

March 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

very informative and useful

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Cheryl

April 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

I must agree very informative and useful !!

thanks

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Beverly

June 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

This is excellent.

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Ray

August 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm

thanks, finally in plain English, can't wait until tonight to try it out

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