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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Ancient Impact Crater Found in North Sea
Oil geologists discover 3-kilometer-wide pit 1000 meters beneath the sea bed
U.K. Joins European Southern Observatory Super-Club
Britain becomes the 10th member of ESO.
Crowds Flock to British Astro-Gathering
February 8-9 saw Kensington, London, as the focus for the European AstroFest 2002.