Sky & Telescope Magazine

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Sky & Telescope is the essential guide to astronomy, showcasing each month a wide array of celestial events and astronomy news. Our online table of contents give you an overview of what each issue offers: the magic of the night sky, groundbreaking astronomy research, visual observing challenges, and astrophotography advice. Many of our articles are enhanced with “beyond the printed page” extras, including movies, simulations, and image galleries, and you’ll find those here as well.

Showpiece Doubles

Point your telescope towards these doubles — true gems of the late-summer sky. You don’t even need dark skies or a big telescope to admire them!

Hickson Compact Groups

Contributing Editor Ted Forte offers a look at Hickson Compact Groups in the November 2017 issue of Sky & Telescope. In 1982, Canadian astronomer Paul Hickson published a list of 100 compact galaxy groups based on his examination of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS) red plates. A compact group, as defined by Hickson, is…

Abell 194 Galaxy Cluster

Abell 194

Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor Ken Hewitt gives us a guided tour through Abell 194, a visually rich galaxy cluster in Cetus.

Diamond of Three Rings

A total solar eclipse offers the most spectacular of jewels, the diamond ring, as the Moon blocks all but a small part of the Sun's brilliance.

Inside the September 2017 Issue

PURCHASE PRINT ISSUE | PURCHASE DIGITAL ISSUE | PURCHASE BACK ISSUES | SUBSCRIBE Tools of the Trade: Cassini's Saturn, LIGO's Detections, and Keeping Observing Logs Tools both advanced and simple are crucial to astronomy. Cassini spent thirteen years imaging and collecting other data at Saturn — see some of the stunning photos. LIGO is so…

Improving Your Eclipse Photos

If you want the best results from your eclipse photos, you'll need to do some processing. Equipment Editor Sean Walker walks us through processing photos from the 2010 Easter Island eclipse.

Observing Notebooks

Sky & Telescope's Observing Editor offers a few suggestions to help you set up your first (for fifth!) observing notebook. Feeling inspired after reading Contributing Editor Bob King’s article on observing notebooks in the September 2017 issue of Sky & Telescope but need help starting a notebook? Here are a few different ways to approach…

Messier 17 Sketch Howard Banich

Beyond the Printed Page: Messier 17

No matter what you call it, Messier 17 is one deep-sky object to which you'll find yourself returning throughout your observing life. In our September 2017 issue, Contributing Editor Howard Banich examined the science and history of Messier 17, an H II region in Sagittarius also known as the Swan Nebula, Omega Nebula, Checkmark Nebula,…

20 Draconis

Draco Double Stars

Contributing Editor Matt Wedel offers more double and multiple stars to look for in and around the head of the constellation Draco, the Dragon.

Abell Planetaries

If you're looking for an observing challenge, George Abell's complete catalog of planetary nebulae has you covered. I observed my first planetary nebula by accident. I was moving the optical tube of my new telescope up and down, back and forth, nearing epic levels of frustration as I hunted for anything that didn't look like…

June 2017 Issue

Inside the June 2017 Issue

PURCHASE PRINT ISSUE | PURCHASE DIGITAL ISSUE | PURCHASE BACK ISSUES | SUBSCRIBE What is Tabby's Star? Who Discovered the Ring Nebula? Can Life Survive in TRAPPIST-1? Mysteries abound in astronomy, and not all the questions have answers — yet. Tabby's Star is emblematic of the search for truth. This seemingly ordinary star occasionally undergoes…