How To Guides

How to build a binocular mirror mount

A simple project to take the strain out of binocular astronomy.

Written by Mark Parrish.

How to set up an altaz Go-To mount

Learn how to get your mount aligned and ready for the night ahead.

By Andrew Plethean.

How to set up an equatorial mount

You don’t need a gadget to polar align – just a bit of ingenuity.

Written by Ninian Boyle.

How to build a flat field box

Tired of all the blemishes on your deep-sky images, and a night sky that looks brighter in the middle than at the edges? The answer is to make a simple accessory.

Written by Martin Mobberly.

Skill level: advanced

How to sharpen your eyesight

Follow the simple advice outlined here and you’ll be seeing much more clearly in as little as six months.

Written by Ninian Boyle.

Skill level: beginner

How to shoot the Moon with a digital camera

Capturing the Moon with a digital camera is easier than you might think. We show you how to get started.

Written by Ade Ashford.

Skill level: beginner

Get started in spectroscopy

From the simplest spectroscope to the most complex setup imaginable, you can capture the spectra of many objects and create fantastic images.

Written by Maurice Gavin.

Skill level: intermediate

How to make a small refractor telescope

Here’s a low-cost instrument you can build yourself that will reveal the wonders of the Solar System and more.

Written by Mark Parish.

Skill level: beginner
How to make a portable sundial

This easy-to-make instrument, based on a portable 16th-century design, will accurately tell the time.

Written by Ade Ashford.

Skill level: beginner
How to observe the Sun safely

You don’t need a dedicated solar scope to explore our parent star.

Written by Pete Lawrence.

Skill level: beginner

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