Bright skies aren't empty skies. See for yourself how many treasures lie hidden in the glow of a city sky.
Here are a few potential problems that you might not see on your blueprints.
Astronomy doesn't deserve its reputation as a tough, expensive hobby. You just need to begin with the right advice.
Ordinary binoculars are your ideal "first telescope." And they're so versatile that even seasoned stargazers find them indispensable.
How to keep your optics dry and clear even on the dampest, dewiest nights.
The night's six or seven brightest objects are all visible simultaneously in late February and early March.
Excellent? Typical? Urban? Use this nine-step scale to rate the sky conditions at any observing site.
Over the next two weeks, for the first time in more than a decade, you can see all of the naked-eye planets — from Mercury to Saturn — together in the predawn sky.
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.
"Seeing" — the atmospheric quivering that fuzzes out high-power views — is the bane of every telescope user. Here's how to minimize its impact.
Viewing the solar system¹s largest planet can be more than fun — even with a modest telescope, you can make observations of lasting scientific value.
Explore the Moon with binoculars or a telescope.
Here are hyperlinks to many websites that can help you forecast the astronomical observing conditions for next few nights — or longer.
Thousands of telescopes are given and received as gifts during the holidays. But once you've assembled your new treasure, then what? The editors of Sky & Telescope show you where to look first.
Here's how to hone your galaxy-hunting skills — and what to expect at the eyepiece.
The surface of the Sun is a dynamic, living place that can change unpredictably from day to day.
Video can boost your telescope’s reach by leaps and bounds.
Why, and how, you should sketch your observations through a telescope.
Many stargazers use handheld laser pointers to show the way to stars and constellations. But these devices can be dangerous if used carelessly. Here are some tips on how to avoid trouble.
Learn some of the classic stargazing sights that can be best viewed through a smaller telescope.
When Galileo Galilei first turned a telescope to the heavens four centuries ago, he discovered amazing things — and you can follow in his footsteps.
Planning a sidewalk stargazing event? Here are a few suggestions to make sure people walk away smiling.
Everyone enjoys the brief and sometimes dazzling streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars." Sky & Telescope predicts that the two best meteor showers in 2017 will be the Quadrantids in early January and the Geminids in mid-December.
Viewing Saturn is an old favorite for every telescope user. Here's a guide to seeing all that you can see on the ringed planet.
How much can you see of the Andromeda Galaxy system with just a pair of binoculars? Turns out a lot!