How To Guides

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.
How to make a solar projection screen

Record features moving across the face of the Sun with this simple device.

Written by Mark Parrish.

WARNING: you should never attempt to look at the Sun directly through a telescope or with the naked eye, as it can cause irreperable damage.

Turn a redundant SLR lens into a champion accessory

Turn a redundant SLR lens into a champion accessory.

Written by Simon Dawes.

How to star test a telescope

Examine the quality of your telescope’s optics via a simple test to get clearer views of the night sky.

Written by Ian Morison.

How to build a telescope case

Construct an easy to make, practical case for any size of telescope.

Written by Mark Parrish.

How to build a wheeled tripod

With this ingenious portable base for your telescope, you can observe from anywhere in your garden and cut down on the time it takes to set up.

Written by Dr Peter Wilby.

Watch and record the varied and changing features of Jupiter’s atmosphere

Watch and record the varied and changing features of Jupiter’s atmosphere.

Written by Paul Abel.

How to remount a Schmidt-Cassegrain tube

Wondering what to do with a perfectly good 1990s LX200 scope with a dead drive? Re-mounting the optics on a German equatorial head can give it a new lease of life.

Written by Martin Mobberley

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