Celestial Objects to Observe

Nova Hunters

Few observers have spotted an ever-elusive "new" star. Fewer still have done it twice. Observing styles and techniques are as varied as the searchers themselves.

Comet Hale Bopp


Secrets of High-Power Comet Observing

Although large, bright comets are infrequent visitors to our skies, faint comets appear on a regular basis. Here are some observing hints that will make your comet-watching more enjoyable.

Astronomy & Observing News

Table Mountain Star Party: 25 Years and Going Strong

Some 700 amateur astronomers from around the world enjoyed a solid week of blue-sky days and starlight nights at this year's Table Mountain Star Party.

Celestial News & Events

September Taurids Again?

The September Taurids might peak on the evening of September 13–14, which coincides with the new Moon. The exact date and time of maximum activity, however, are uncertain.

Astronomy & Observing News

Stardate 2004: "Simply the Best"

On January 23–26 New Zealand's Phoenix Astronomical Society held its 16th annual Stardate star party.

Astronomy & Observing News

Clear Skies and Cleverness at Camp Oakes

More than 1,700 enthusiasts flocked to the 35th annual RTMC Astronomy Expo to shop for the newest telescopes and accessories and to use them under dark California skies.