Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

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.

Autumn Equinox Sky Camp 2006

Astronomy & Observing News

England's Autumn Sky Camp

For those who were fortunate enough to attend Britian's Autumn Equinox Sky Camp, they were treated to nine days of astronomical camaraderie along with a few nights of near-perfect observing conditions.

Celestial Objects to Observe

An Occultation Primer

The Moon frequently passes in front of stars. In rare cases, planets and asteroids will also obscure starlight for a short time. Here are some basic definitions that will help you understand what occultations are about.

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DIY: Astronomy Projects & Guidance

A Compact Backyard Observatory

A personal telescope shelter doesn't have to take up a lot of yard space.

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

Telescope Eyepiece Guide

A telescope is only as good as its eyepiece — and a good one can make a big difference. Here's a quick look at the different types of eyepieces available.

Astronomy & Observing News

Faulkes Telescope Project Launched

A man with a vision. British entrepreneur Dill Faulkes holds a scale model of one of the twin 2-meter-aperture telescopes his educational trust helped fund. Through the Faulkes Telescopes Project, UK schoolchildren now have access to professional-grade robotic telescopes.Courtesy PPARC. Last March 16th the IMAX Theatre of London's Science Museum…

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Webcam Imagers Gather for Q-2004

QuickCam and Unconventional Imaging Astronomy Group (QCUIAG) founder Steve Wainwright (standing third from right) with some of the Q-2004 conference speakers and organizers: (seated, from left to right) Carsten Arnholm, Colin Bownes, and Jon Grove; (standing, from left to right) Martin Burri, Steve Chambers, Peter Katreniak, Jan Timmermans, and Greg…

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Britain's Sir Patrick Moore at 80

British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore celebrates his 80th birthday with the launch of his long-awaited autobiography. Michèle Brown, director of publishing for Contender Books, holds a copy of 80 Not Out.Courtesy Adrian R. Ashford. During a party held at the prestigious Athenaeum Club in London's Pall Mall on the evening…

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European Virtual Observatory One Step Nearer

Courtesy AVO During a press conference held at Jodrell Bank Observatory in the United Kingdom on January 20th, journalists, astronomers, and potential European Union financial backers got a real-time demonstration of the prototype Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO) software. The groundbreaking event marked the conclusion of the first year of the…

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The Moon Through an 8-Meter Eye

The European Southern Observatory has captured one of the highest-resolution views of the Moon ever seen from Earth.

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Ancient Impact Crater Found in North Sea

Oil geologists discover 3-kilometer-wide pit 1000 meters beneath the sea bed

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Crowds Flock to British Astro-Gathering

February 8-9 saw Kensington, London, as the focus for the European AstroFest 2002.