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.
The Corrected Dall-Kirkham design makes it possible to view through a huge telescope with your feet planted solidly on the ground.
Amateur telescope making still plays a central role in our hobby.
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.
Griffith Observatory takes full advantage of Los Angeles's extraordinary natural advantages as a site for astronomy.
It's tough to reconcile all the different constraints placed on a telescope for the airplane-traveling stargazer.
A movie released in 1968 predicted that spaceflight ten years ago would be far more advanced than it actually is today. Why?
Not all geeks are astronomers, but many astronomers are geeks. Let's take a look at the archetypal geek who died 22 centuries ago.
Logically, science fiction is completely unrelated to stargazing — but human beings don't live by logic alone. In fact there's an intimate relationship between these two pastimes.
On March 15th a distinguished panel discussed the future of human spaceflight at New York's Hayden Planetarium.
Binocular stargazing has a peaceful, organic quality that's hard to achieve through a telescope. Here's a list of some blogs the author has written on this subject.
This pink border lining Earth's shadow opposite the just-set or about-to-rise Sun is often seen but rarely recognized.
Here's an index to the Stargazing blogs written from 2007 to 2011.