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5 10, 2019

Black Friday 2019 [the best camera & telescope deals this year]

2019-10-08T15:00:55+00:00October 5th, 2019|

Black Friday is the time that the biggest bargains of the year are offered by many major retailers.  If there is something that you have been looking to buy, then it’s worth looking out for a bargain to save yourself some money.   When is Black Friday 2019? Black Friday always falls on the day after [...]

22 09, 2019

Best astronomy binoculars [2019 buying guide]

2019-09-23T15:30:29+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

Astronomy binoculars make for a great alternative to telescopes. They are generally smaller, more portable, easier to use and cheaper. If you are a beginner getting into stargazing, a good pair of astronomy binoculars will increase the number of stars you can see from a few thousand with the naked eye to several hundred thousand and [...]

20 09, 2019

Best camera for astrophotography [2019]

2019-09-23T14:32:57+00:00September 20th, 2019|

In this article, we assess and recommend the best cameras for astrophotography in 2019. As part of this website's astrophotography masters series, we have asked some of the world's best night sky photographers what cameras they use and their recommendations are included here. See below for details and an explanation of what you should look for in [...]

31 08, 2019

Refractor vs Reflector telescopes: what is best?

2019-09-23T14:38:38+00:00August 31st, 2019|

One of the first questions when considering a telescope is what is best: refractor vs reflector. Although this is the most common debate, there are actually 3 main types of telescope: Refractor telescopes Reflector telescopes Catadioptric telescopes Below we consider the pros and cons of each and recommend what telescope type is best for a beginner. [...]

24 08, 2019

How many habitable planets are there?

2019-09-02T09:59:37+00:00August 24th, 2019|

At some point in the future, human beings will likely need to find another planet to live on in order to continue as a species. This means either creating a planet that's habitable or finding and migrating to one that's already out there. But how many habitable planets are there out in space? Like most scientific [...]

24 08, 2019

Best star tracker for DSLR (iOptron vs Sky-Watcher vs Vixen)

2019-08-25T13:40:14+00:00August 24th, 2019|

Star trackers for DSLR cameras are a fantastic and relatively inexpensive way to improve your astrophotography. Star tracker camera mounts slowly move your camera at the speed of the rotation of the Earth. This allows you to have longer exposures and capture more light without blurring or star trails. The best star tracker for astrophotography that [...]

23 08, 2019

James Webb Space Telescope (JSWT): The most powerful telescope ever made

2019-08-23T07:02:12+00:00August 23rd, 2019|

Heard of the James Webb Space Telescope and want to know more? Read below for everything you need to know about the JWST. A full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope (Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn)   What is the James Webb Space Telescope? The James Webb Space Telescope (also known as "JWST" or "WEBB") [...]

14 08, 2019

Astrophotography: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide (2019)

2019-08-22T08:54:14+00:00August 14th, 2019|

In this article, we will cover all you need to know to understand astrophotography as a beginner. Including what different types of astrophotography there are, what equipment you need, and how to learn to take stunning pictures of the night sky, planets, and more. Chapter 1: What is astrophotography and what different types are there? Astrophotography [...]

13 08, 2019

What equipment do you need for astrophotography? [Infographic]

2019-08-13T15:16:15+00:00August 13th, 2019|

  For those interested in getting started with astrophotography, it can be quite daunting working out what equipment you need. The infographic above lays out the key equipment you will need to shoot different types of astrophotography. See below for more details and follow the links for in-depth guides on the different pieces of equipment. [...]

7 08, 2019

What is an astro modified DSLR camera? (and how to get one)

2019-08-24T08:55:47+00:00August 7th, 2019|

Ever heard people talk about using an “astro modified" DSLR camera to improve their astrophotography? See here for example, from a post on reddit: You might have heard other terms thrown around like “full-spectrum camera conversion” or “IR modified camera”. But what does it mean, how does it affect astrophotography, and how to get an astro [...]

3 08, 2019

Best telescope for kids (5 great options in 2019)

2019-08-25T13:40:52+00:00August 3rd, 2019|

The best telescope for kids will be easy to set up, easy to use, durable and - most of all - fun! A telescope can make a great present for a child. It can stimulate interest in the sciences and the wider world and also give a parent something they can do as a family. We [...]

2 08, 2019

9 best telescopes to buy (2019)

2019-09-03T15:47:05+00:00August 2nd, 2019|

With hundreds to choose from it can be hard to work out the best telescope to buy. For any beginner, we recommend the Celestron Nexstar 4SE telescope as a perfect choice If you're looking for something more advanced, check out the Celestron Nexstar Evolution 9.25" See below for some great alternatives for beginners, and intermediate to [...]

20 07, 2019

What is the best astrophotography mount? [2019]

2019-07-21T09:52:41+00:00July 20th, 2019|

The mount is one of the most important pieces of equipment for astrophotography. It allows your camera and telescope (or lens) to move with the rotation of the Earth and track the objects you are photographing for much longer periods. This means you can gather more light and create better astro images. We recommend the Celestron [...]

15 07, 2019

Amazon Prime Day 2019 [best camera & telescope deals]

2019-07-16T12:52:39+00:00July 15th, 2019|

Amazon Prime Day is now live - running over 15 and 16 July 2019! It provides a great opportunity to get a bargain new camera or other photography or astronomy equipment. How it works is that you have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of many of the sales. The sales are then [...]

5 07, 2019

Best telescope for astrophotography (2019)

2019-09-23T14:42:22+00:00July 5th, 2019|

There are two ways to get the best telescope for astrophotography for you. Firstly, you can buy an all-in-one bundle that gives you a telescope and mount together. This is perfect for beginners who want to get into astrophotography with the minimum of fuss. We recommend the Celestron Advanced VX 8" SCT telescope as a great [...]

10 05, 2019

Light pollution & astrophotography (3 ways to overcome it)

2019-08-25T13:41:41+00:00May 10th, 2019|

If you live in a city, light pollution is probably the number one obstacle to your astrophotography. It likely means you won't be able to just go into your garden and take Milky Way or deep sky images. (The number two issue is that you often have to get up in the middle of the night [...]

19 03, 2019

How many planets are there? [2019]

2019-09-02T10:05:22+00:00March 19th, 2019|

The TV show The Cosmos, outlined the "Cosmic address" of where the Earth resides in the universe - this is: The Solar System The Milky Way The Local Group The Virgo supercluster The observable universe But how big are each of these and how many planets are there? Below we outline the size of each of [...]

17 03, 2019

5 best astrophotography apps (for brilliant night sky photography)

2019-03-18T15:24:52+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Having the best astrophotography apps on your smartphone or tablet can be a fantastic - and inexpensive - shortcut towards nailing a great shot of the night sky. The difference between taking a great night sky photograph or not can often be external factors, such as finding the right location, with optimal conditions, and timing it [...]

16 03, 2019

iPhone astrophotography [3 smartphone methods]

2019-09-17T15:29:47+00:00March 16th, 2019|

Is good iPhone astrophotography possible? This sounds like a dream, right? Just taking your smartphone with you outside to shoot the night sky without having to lug bulky cameras, telescopes, and other equipment. It would be so much easier, require less planning, and not to mention be cheaper and open up astrophotography to a much wider [...]

18 01, 2019

Best camera tripod [Top 5 in 2019]

2019-08-25T13:42:06+00:00January 18th, 2019|

For astrophotography, it is absolutely essential to have a sturdy camera tripod. Most importantly, you need to be able to rely on it for complete stillness as you take those long-exposure shots of the night sky, but there are also other factors to consider. Below we provide an overview of what you need to consider and [...]

18 01, 2019

Best lens for astrophotography [Top 5 for 2019]

2019-09-23T14:48:46+00:00January 18th, 2019|

What is the best lens for astrophotography? In this article, we analyze and recommend five of the most popular wide-angle lenses for night sky photography in 2019. To help truly find the best equipment with proven success, as part of our astrophotography masters series, we have asked some of the best photographers in the world what astrophotography lenses [...]

2 01, 2019

15 amazing astronomical events to see in 2019

2019-01-12T09:54:44+00:00January 2nd, 2019|

In 2019, there will be five eclipses, six meteor showers, three supermoons, Mercury passing across the Sun, and many other great observable astronomical events. Here are the top 15 astronomy events of 2019 to look out for across the planet: 1. Quadrantids meteor shower - January 3 One of the best meteor showers of the year [...]

19 11, 2018

6 best astronomy & space calendars for 2019

2019-08-25T13:43:46+00:00November 19th, 2018|

A great gift for any space-enthusiast is an astronomy calendar. Below we pick out six of the best space calendars for 2019 that are available to buy now. Best astronomy calendars 2019 1. Smithsonian Space 2019 Wall Calendar One of the best of the bunch comes from the Smithsonian Institution. It features images taken from the [...]

7 11, 2018

The death of the Nikon D810A (and the specialist astrophotography DSLR?)

2019-08-25T13:44:01+00:00November 7th, 2018|

.The Nikon D810A was the most advanced in a limited range of DSLRs optimized for astrophotography by Nikon and Canon over the past decade. But has the D810A been discontinued and are DSLRs optimized for astrophotography a thing of the past? 1. What are specialist astrophotography DSLRs? Specialist astrophotography DSLRs are optimized for deep sky astrophotography [...]

20 10, 2018

Astronomy books: 21 great reads (for adults, beginners & kids)

2018-11-14T10:26:43+00:00October 20th, 2018|

Below are 21 recommended astronomy books for anyone with a keen in interest in either learning how to spot objects in the sky, or in learning about space and the universe in general. These books are categorized as best beginners astronomy and stargazing books, best astronomy books for kids, and the best books in 2018 on [...]

7 10, 2018

Is Pluto a planet? (2019 update)

2019-09-03T15:50:47+00:00October 7th, 2018|

One of the biggest areas of confusion and debate around the planets of our solar system is whether or not Pluto is a planet. Read below for the definitive and up-to-date answer in 2019. 1. Is Pluto a planet? So let's get straight to it - no, Pluto is not a planet. It used to be [...]

5 10, 2018

Best computerized telescope [2019 buying guide]

2019-08-25T13:44:28+00:00October 5th, 2018|

Computerized telescopes can be fantastic for beginners or experienced stargazers alike. With a computerized telescope, a computer is in-built into the telescope and locates the planets, galaxies and other objects that you want to see for you. This contrasts to a regular telescope where you need to locate the objects manually. Computerized telescopes (also known as [...]

17 09, 2018

Interview with TolgaAstro – the astro equipment retailer

2019-08-25T13:44:36+00:00September 17th, 2018|

Buying astrophotography equipment can be a challenging process. It can be hard to work out exactly what is best for you and there's a risk of spending a lot of money on equipment that isn't quite right for you. In this article, we talk to Tolga of TolgaAstro - a company selling astrophotography equipment run by [...]

8 09, 2018

6 awesome space posters to buy in 2019

2019-02-28T10:07:29+00:00September 8th, 2018|

Make your home look stellar with these six awesome space posters available for you to buy. Astronomy posters and space art like this make fantastic additions to bedrooms, studies, and living rooms for space-lovers. They make great gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Check out the five selected space-themed posters below, and see also links to look for [...]

2 09, 2018

How I took my favorite astrophotography image – Daniel Stein

2018-09-02T16:01:59+00:00September 2nd, 2018|

In this article, we ask New Jersey photographer Daniel Stein a few questions about how he goes about taking his stunning astro images. In particular, we focus on this amazing picture below of the Milky Way reflecting in a glimmering pool of water atop Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks, New York. Catch My Breath (Credit: Daniel [...]

2 09, 2018

23 great gift ideas for space-lovers (kids & adults)

2018-10-13T16:56:45+00:00September 2nd, 2018|

If you know someone that is a budding stargazer or a keen astronomer, we've brought together some great gift ideas to suit all ages and any budget. From dog collars to wall art to telescopes. To inspire your gift shopping and help you spend more time stargazing and less time in overcrowded shops, we have gathered a [...]

24 08, 2018

Deep Sky West: How two friends build a remote astrophotography observatory (and how you can too)

2018-08-24T06:36:23+00:00August 24th, 2018|

Deep Sky West is a remote astrophotography observatory in New Mexico, USA. It offers the opportunity for any astrophotographer around the world to use the site to access clear skies without the need to travel there, and to use advanced astronomy and photography equipment without the need to own it themselves. We talk to Lloyd L. [...]

5 08, 2018

11 Best Astrophotography Books [2019]

2019-02-28T10:13:31+00:00August 5th, 2018|

Ask pretty much any successful astrophotographer what the best way to learn is, and they will pretty much all say “just get out there and try”. Whilst there is no substitute to taking action and learning from your mistakes, this should be balanced with learning from others that know more than you and can help make [...]

28 07, 2018

Josh Sweet – How I took this Astro Panaorma [Astrophotography Masters]

2018-07-28T06:38:02+00:00July 28th, 2018|

Below, New Zealand's Josh Sweet takes us through how he took this 'astro panorama' of the Milky Way, and he details his favorite astrophotography equipment, tools, and learning resources.   How did you plan the shot? This shot wasn’t really planned. I knew I wanted to try and do a panorama but I didn’t know where to [...]

22 07, 2018

Abdul Dremali: How I took this shot [astrophotography masters series]

2018-07-22T20:49:29+00:00July 22nd, 2018|

In this article, we are extremely lucky to ask photographer Abdul Dremali a few questions about how he goes about his art. In particular, we ask him to examine how he took this amazing image from Monument Valley, which is on the Arizona-Utah state border in the US. This stunning picture includes Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, the Milky [...]

16 06, 2018

Shooting the night sky in the LA desert (by Laura Krause)

2018-06-16T08:27:11+00:00June 16th, 2018|

In the latest of our series of interviews with some of the world’s best night sky photographers, we talk to LA's Laura Krause. Read below as she outlines how she goes about shooting the stars whilst having fun the desert!   How do you plan your shots? I just started using Photopills which has been a [...]

9 06, 2018

Michael Ver Sprill: How I photograph the night sky

2018-06-09T08:08:34+00:00June 9th, 2018|

Continuing our series of interviews with some of the world's best astrophotographers, we talk to 'Milky Way Mike' - Michael Ver Sprill. Read below as he outlines how he took this photo of the Milky Way over the Palouse Falls in Washington State, USA. Palouse Falls, Washington (Credit: Michael Ver Sprill)   How did you [...]

4 06, 2018

Leonardo Orazi: Learn from the Italian astrophotographer

2018-08-11T06:48:52+00:00June 4th, 2018|

Continuing our series of interviews with some of the world's best astrophotographers, we talk to Italy's Leonardo Orazi and ask how he goes about photographing the stars and deep space objects. Read below as he outlines how planning and composing his stunning images. How do you plan your shots? For planning my shots I use a website [...]

12 05, 2018

My Favorite Shot [By Astrophotographer Connor Matherne]

2018-08-11T16:43:52+00:00May 12th, 2018|

In this article, we are very lucky to have astrophotographer, astronomy and geologist Connor Matherne take us through how he took one of his favorite photos - the below shot of the Milky Way taken near Wixson Mountain, Colorado. He also profiles some of his other amazing work, including some mind-blowing animations. Enjoy!   1. How did [...]

10 05, 2018

Shooting the Milky Way in New Zealand [by photographer Talman Madsen]

2018-06-09T09:03:59+00:00May 10th, 2018|

In this article, we are blessed to have photographer Talman Madsen talk us through how he took this picture below and how he goes about shooting the Milky Way from New Zealand. 1. How did you plan the shot? This photograph is a single exposure taken atop Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand's Central North Island. A friend [...]

15 04, 2018

How to photograph the Horsehead Nebula [by Ken Crawford]

2018-08-11T06:23:11+00:00April 15th, 2018|

Ken Crawford is a leading astrophotographer who has had no less than 40 NASA Astronomy Pictures Of The Day! In this interview, he takes us through how he took one of his favorite shots - this picture of the Horsehead Nebula B33: Horsehead Nebula B33 (Credit: Ken Crawford)   1. How did you plan your [...]

10 04, 2018

How to shoot the Milky Way [by photographer Ivan Slade]

2018-06-29T13:01:43+00:00April 10th, 2018|

Ivan Slade is an Australian-based photographer who took this stunning image of the Milky Way. Credit: Ivan Slade This picture is taken at site of the Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia. Below he takes us through his process for how he planned and took the shot, what equipment he uses, [...]

31 03, 2018

Instagram Astronomy (22 great astrophotographers you should follow)

2018-09-28T17:00:09+00:00March 31st, 2018|

Instagram is a great place to find both simple and mind-blowing images and there are some great astrophotographers sharing their work on there. This post brings together a list of some of the best amateur and professional photographers sharing the best astronomy images that you can follow on Instagram.   1. Sean Parker Sean Parker is [...]

24 03, 2018

How to shoot a Milky Way selfie [with photographer Marcus Cote]

2019-01-19T09:14:34+00:00March 24th, 2018|

Marcus Cote is a 20-year-old freelance photographer from the Space Coast of Florida. He shot this amazing 'Milky Way selfie' photo and has been kind enough to talk through how to shoot a Milky Way self portrait like this and to share some other photography tips. Enjoy!   1. How did you plan the shot? My main [...]

12 03, 2018

Facts about Planet Jupiter

2019-08-25T13:45:18+00:00March 12th, 2018|

The largest planet in the solar system and the third brightest object when viewed from Earth, Jupiter is as easy to spot as the Moon and Venus in the night sky. Known for its Great Red Spot and distinct coloured stripes, this planet is a mass of swirling gas. Below we go through some interesting [...]

11 03, 2018

Uranus facts (everything you need to know about the planet in 2019)

2019-08-25T13:45:27+00:00March 11th, 2018|

A cold and windy planet, Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun in our Solar System. Below we cover what Uranus is like, how far is it from Earth, if it could be habitable by humans, and loads other Uranus facts.   The discovery of Uranus and how it got its name Sir William Herschel [...]

10 03, 2018

Facts about Mercury (everything you need to know in 2019)

2019-08-25T13:45:36+00:00March 10th, 2018|

Mercury is the smallest planet in Earth’s Solar System and the closest to the sun. But what is it like there and how does it compare to the other planets? Below are all the facts about Mercury that you could possibly want in 2019.   Where is Mercury in the Solar System? Mercury is the closest [...]

4 03, 2018

Facts about Planet Venus (everything you need to know in 2019)

2019-08-25T13:45:45+00:00March 4th, 2018|

If you are after Venus facts and information, then you're in the right place! Venus is the second closely located planet from the Sun – situated between Mercury and Earth. And it's the second biggest terrestrial planet, after Earth. The first records of the planet go back to 17th century BC, recorded by Babylonian astronomers. Due [...]

24 02, 2018

How many Mars Rovers have there been and what is their current status?

2019-08-25T13:45:54+00:00February 24th, 2018|

In the past 50 years, mankind has attempted to send rovers to Mars on seven separate occasions. Of these Mars rovers, just two are still active and operational in 2018. Read on to learn more about the different Mars rover missions, which have been successful and which failed, and what they have discovered.   Mars Rovers [...]

6 02, 2018

How photograph the Milky Way [step-by-step guide for beginners]

2019-05-02T15:20:34+00:00February 6th, 2018|

Choosing your camera and equipment Location & timing Settings & composition Post-production Learning how to photograph the Milky Way is not as hard as you might think. In fact, anybody with a basic knowledge of photography - or desire to learn - can produce stunning night sky images capturing the stars and Milky Way. [...]

25 01, 2018

Celestron Nexstar: which model to buy? [Reviewing the SE & SLT range]

2019-08-25T13:46:05+00:00January 25th, 2018|

The Celestron Nexstar range of computerized telescopes are some of the most popular on the market for being some of the highest quality and best value for money. There are eight telescopes in the range - four in the SE category, and four in the SLT category. Below we break down the differences and analyze what [...]

20 01, 2018

Neptune facts: Information about Planet Neptune

2019-08-25T13:46:14+00:00January 20th, 2018|

Big blue planet Neptune is the 4th largest planet in our Solar System, but some lesser known Neptune facts are that it has rings and that it has a moon with the potential to harbor life. Read on to learn more about Neptune, its little-know rings and it’s intriguing moon, Triton. Neptune: Ice Giant Like [...]

26 11, 2017

Saturn: All the facts you need to know about the ringed planet

2019-08-25T13:46:22+00:00November 26th, 2017|

Saturn, with its spectacular rings, is one of the most easily-recognizable objects in our Solar System but how much do we know about it? Below we cover all the facts you need to know about the planet Saturn and pick out some mind-blowing images. Plus, take the quiz at the end to see how much you [...]

18 10, 2017

Planet 9: A hidden “Planet X” found in our Solar System? (2018)

2019-08-25T13:47:03+00:00October 18th, 2017|

Right now as far we know, our Solar System has eight planets. However recent developments from NASA have indicated that there may be a hidden ‘Planet 9’ out there that hasn’t been discovered yet. How can a planet be hiding out there right under our noses and what is it like? Below, we look into all [...]

6 09, 2017

Mars Facts (Everything you wanted to know about the Red Planet!)

2019-08-25T13:47:31+00:00September 6th, 2017|

We are in an era of renewed interest in Mars. The ambitions of NASA and Elon Musk to put humans on the planet for the first time have generated a great deal of interest in the planet which has interested us for centuries. This article aims to give you all the facts you need to [...]