General Guides

Read our guide to the four stats that underpin a telescope's capabilities

Can't tell your focal length from your focal ratio? Concerned about aperture and useful magnification? Read our guide to the four stats that underpin a telescope's capabilities.

How bends in spacetime enable telescopes to see farther into the Universe

What is gravitational lensing, and why is it useful to astronomers? We explore how bends in spacetime enable telescopes to see farther into the Universe.

 
How Australia’s indigenous people view and use the night sky

How Australia’s indigenous people view and use the night sky

How the world’s darkest stargazing sites are classified

How the world’s darkest stargazing sites are classified, and what it means for observers.

Get the most out of your first stargazing trip away from the UK

Get the most out of your first stargazing trip away from the UK with our guide to astro-holidaying.

What spectral classes mean and what they can tell us about a star

Our guide to what spectral classes mean and what they can tell us about a star.

Equatorial mounts guide

Putting your telescope on an equatorial mount allows you to follow stars as they (appear to) move across the night sky.

For newcomers to astronomy, setting up an EQ mount may seem a daunting task. BBC Sky at Night Magazine shows you how.

If you’re a newcomer to astronomy, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll have you marvelling at the Universe in no time.

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How to take social media-quality night sky images with your mobile phone

How to take social media-quality night sky images with your mobile phone

How to take social media-quality night sky images with your mobile phone

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