Most of us are familiar with the Seven Sisters, but have you met their brothers? Learn how to find more Pleiades than first meet the eye.
October's a perfect time to see the zodiacal light, a tapering tower of comet dust standing high in the eastern sky before dawn. Here's how to find it. Wednesday morning, 5:30 a.m. I'm driving too fast down a country road in search of a clear sky to watch the total lunar eclipse. Totality is underway, but clouds...
See a space station sunset with both feet planted firmly on the ground. Beginning this week and continuing through late October, the International Space Station (ISS) will makes passes over much of the United States, Canada, and Europe during convenient evening viewing hours. Why not get out for a look before the bite of winter arrives? A typical...
Lonely Fomalhaut turns out to have plenty of company. Learn how to find its two remarkably distant stellar companions.
Ten thousand stars bedazzle the eye on a dark night. Wait, how many?
With a subtle beauty all its own, the earthshine we see glowing in the lunar night invites us to consider Earth's many connections to the Moon This week's crescent Moon offers more than two horns to hang your hat on. Take a close look, and you'll see an entire circle of moonlight. Sunlight illuminates...
Here's your invitation to view a spectacular close conjunction of the sky's two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, before dawn on Monday morning.
You'll be entering uncharted territory when you seek out this little known 'Shadow of the Veil' in Cygnus this summer.
How does the little $100 scope stack up against its venerable bigger brother?
No photograph can compare with the experience of viewing Saturn directly — something that's possible with even the smallest telescopes.
A reader expounds the virtues of electronic navigation — for automobiles and telescopes.
Measurements with a Sky Quality Meter indicate that none of the author's observing sites has gotten significantly brighter over the last 5 years.
The key to maintaining your integrity and sanity in the computer age is to make sure that electronics are your servant, not your master.
Hanging high overhead on autmun evenings, the North America Nebula is the season's best — assuming that you have dark skies to enjoy it and a good roadmap to help you interpret it.
Flashlights create a little bubble of excellent visibility, at the cost of hiding the wider world.
It's hard to find a legal wilderness campsite in the U.S. Northeast that has a decent view of the night sky. But when you do, it's well worth the effort.
It's not easy to reconcile the demands of strenuous backpacking by day and intensive stargazing at night.
New work indicates that the venerable and highly respected World Atlas of Aritifical Night Sky Brightness was systematically distorted by snow cover when the underlying satellite data was obtained.
The World at Night website features the world's finest photos of earthly scenes set against the background of the night sky.
How far away can we detect exoplanets? How many stars are visible to the unaided eye? Read Hobby Q&A to find answers to these and other questions.
Mount Wilson is home to two of the world's greatest old telescopes, and also to some cutting-edge technology.
Amateur telescope making still plays a central role in our hobby.
The Corrected Dall-Kirkham design makes it possible to view through a huge telescope with your feet planted solidly on the ground.
Palomar Observatory is still alive and well 62 years after the famous 200-inch Hale Telescope became operational.
For the first time in its history, the Riverside Telescope Maker's Conference was held at new Moon instead of on Memorial Day weekend. That allowed some wonderful views of galaxies under surprisingly dark skies.