Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
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Astronomy is an infinitely captivating subject and the oldest of the natural sciences. It is one of the few areas of science that amateurs can assist professionals and directly contribute to science.

As a science, astronomy began tens of thousands of years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. Later observations made by the ancient Chinese, Babylonians, and Greeks. They tracked the motion of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars across the night sky. It was important to know the position of the moon and sun throughout the year for planning agriculture and preparing for winter. They were the first to devise the seasons. Astronomy has since advanced into a complex study of the laws of nature which govern these phenomena.

Astronomy is however more than simply a mapping the motion of the stars, Moon and Sun. It is now the scientific study of the contents of entire Universe, stars, planets, comets, asteroids, galaxies, and space and time, as well as its history.

If you’re starting out and looking at the sky at night, the contents of this site will take you through what you can see at night as well as some equipment advice. The tutorials cover the types of objects you can see and also illustrate some basic astronomy concepts.

 

What is the Moon Illusion?
16th April 2014Astrophotography
The Moon illusion makes the Moon appear much larger when it is closer to the horizon. Find out why the moon is larger when it's near the horizon.
History of the Newtonian Reflector
6th April 2014Astronomy
The Newtonian Reflector was invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1672 and was the first to feature the revolutionary 45° mirror.
A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of woodChinese Proverb
Resurrecting an Old Telescope
4th April 2014Projects
I've just uncovered my old telescope, how do I go about making it usable again? How do I clean the mirror? How do I get everything back together properly?
How To Make and Use a Bahtinov Mask
15th February 2014Projects
The Bahtinov mask is a device used to accurately focus astronomical telescopes. It is named after its inventor Pavel Bahtinov.
How to Photograph the Moon with a DSLR
20th January 2014Astrophotography
Find out how to photograph the Moon with your DSLR camera and a small telescope and capture amazing views of the Moon.
How was the Milky Way born?
16th December 2013Astronomy
The moment of creation has fascinated philosophers and scientists throughout history. In the distant past, how did our Milky Way Galaxy from?
Open Clusters, Double Stars and a Nebula
10th December 2013Observations
Last night I literally dusted off my 200mm (8") Newtonian reflector and set about imaging some more of the winter nights sky.
Comparison of NASA Orbital Launch Systems
6th December 2013Astronomy
A visual comparison of NASA orbital launch vehicles from Pegasus to the new Space Launch System.