Amateur Astronomy

Want to become a better astronomer? Learn your way around the constellations! They're the key to locating everything fainter and deeper to hunt with binoculars or a telescope.

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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

This Week’s Sky – July 24 – 30

This Week's Sky is adapted from Sky & Telescope magazine's This Week's Sky at a Glance. Click here to view original web page at This Week’s Sky – July 24 – 30 Sunday, July 24 • The tail of Scorpius lies low due south right after dark. Look for the two stars especially close together in the tail. These are Lambda and fainter Upsilon Scorpii, known as the Cat's Eyes. They're canted at an angle; the cat is tilting his head and winking. The Cat's Eyes point west (right) by nearly a fist-width toward Mu Scorpii, a much tighter pair ...
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Summer Triangle

Have you braved the Triangle?

The Summer Triangle By mid-July the Summer Triangle is high in the Eastern sky for those of us at mid Northern latitudes (+40°) giving us the opportunity to observe some familiar deep sky targets and seek out a few of the more challenging targets for small telescopes. If you're not familiar with the Summer Triangle, here's how you find it. Start at the constellation Cygnus the Swan and locate the first magnitude star Deneb, then draw a line to the bright star Vega (mag. 0.03) in the constellation Lyra. Next draw a line to the 0.7 magnitude star Altair in ...
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