How To Guides

How to make a sky ruler

This simple instrument will help you locate and describe the position of objects in the night sky.

Written by Mark Parrish.

Skill level: beginner

How to find an exoplanet

CCD detectors are useful for more than capturing detailed deep-sky images: you can also use them to detect planets outside the Solar System.

Written by Robin Leadbeater

Skill level: advanced.

How to collimate your telescope

Follow our beginners’ guide to collimation and make sure your reflecting telescope is tuned for the task.

Written by Pete Lawrence.

Skill level: beginner

How to locate Barnard's Star

Our guide will help you star-hop across the Milky Way to find one of the nearest stars to the Solar System.

Written by Ade Ashford.

Skill level: beginner

How to use Norton's Star Atlas

A star atlas is a tool you shouldn’t be without. We reveal how to get the most out of one of the best atlases available.

Written by Will Gater.

How to clean a reflector

Ensure your reflecting telescope is delivering the best views with our cleaning tips

How to clean a refractor

Ensure your refracting telescope is delivering the best views with our cleaning tips.

How to collimate a Newtonian telescope

Get pin-sharp views of the stars with a spot of fine tuning.

How to photograph meteor showers

Plan your shoot close to the shower’s peak activity for the best chance of truly stunning pictures.

This video shows you how to calibrate the date circle on your polarscope for more accurate polar alignment.

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