Start Here!

Learn the basics of backyard astronomy with these helpful tips and links to information that will get you started the right way.

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The Sky Tonight

Planning your night under the stars will greatly increase your chances for success. Here's a few links to help you with your plan.

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Get Out There

A great way to learn more about backyard astronomy, telescopes, stargazing and the night sky is to attend a Star Party.

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Latest Musings

Do Objects Look Brighter in Your Telescope?

Why Do Objects Look Brighter in Your Telescope Then with Your Naked Eye? This was a question asked at a recent astronomy club meeting which I attended. An interesting question and one I haven’t thought about for a long time. Our eyes can see vast distances unless, of course, we suffer from one of the many eye conditions that inhibit our eyes ability to work correctly. Then we have to wear corrective lens, like I do to see well but, we still can see vast distances. Take for instance M31, the Andromeda galaxy, some 2.5 million light years away. Under a ...
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What’s up for May 2016

Mercury transits the sun and Mars is closer to Earth than it has been in 11 years. Learn what to see in the sky this month. What's up for May 2016. This video is provided by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory ...
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