How To Guides

Say goodbye to wet knees and aching joints with this DIY astronomy project – an observing chair that folds flat for easy storage.
A simple project to help you to locate targets with a Dobsonian

Point accurately to anywhere in the night sky with this simple project to help you to locate targets with a Dobsonian telescope.

Capture the celestial sphere and reveal the movement of stars

An all-sky camera is an ideal tool for capturing the majesty of the celestial sphere turning silently overhead.

With it you can make timelapse videos that reveal the movement of the stars as well as record bright meteors and satellites.

 

How to build a tabletop tracking mount
This project is a simple tabletop mount that can track the apparent movement of the stars, which allows you to increase exposure times and capture more light with your camera.
 
Written by Mark Parish.
How to keep warm when observing

Winter nights provide a wealth of observing treasures, but they come at a price: sub-zero temperatures. Here’s how to beat the cold to enjoy the sky.

Written by Grant Privett.

How to observe variable stars
Not all stars shine with constant brightness. Here we show you how to chart their variations.
 
Written by Gary Poyner.
How to thermally optimise your telescope
We show you how to combat the irritating effects of tube currents.
 
Written by Martin Lewis.
How to build a Dobsonian mount
The Dobsonian telescope is simplicity itself: a Newtonian reflector mounted on a basic altaz mount. Many thousands of astronomers have constructed their own Dobsonians, but the satisfaction of building your own mount is immense.
 
Written by Steve Richards.
Ensure your refracting telescope is delivering the best views with our guide
Ensure your refracting telescope is delivering the best views with our cleaning tips.
 
Written by Steve Richards.
How to clean a reflector telescope
Astronomers! Ensure your reflecting telescope is delivering the best views of the night sky with our cleaning tips.
 
Written by Steve Richards.
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