Stargazing Basics: Tools, Equipment & Advice

Getting started in stargazing can be daunting — after all there’s a whole universe out there! But astronomy doesn’t have to be hard. Sky & Telescope editors (with more than 100 years of collective experience) are here to help you learn your way around the night sky.

The best way to start is with the unaided eye. Our star wheels are easy to use and in no time you’ll learn the constellations and names of the stars. And that’s only the beginning!

Get to Know Your Night Sky
Stargazing Projects for the Family
Stargazing Basics – in Spanish

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What to See with Your New Telescope (December 2016)

Maybe this gift-giving season you got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you could be on your way to discovering many amazing far things in the night sky. Although most of them are so far and faint that just finding and detecting them is the challenge! Whether your new scope is…

Galileo

Stargazing with Galileo

When Galileo Galilei first turned a telescope to the heavens four centuries ago, he discovered amazing things — and you can follow in his footsteps.