Just a couple hours spent learning to read a star map can open up the heavens for a lifetime of exploration.
Here's what you need to know to navigate the heavens with a telescope and star atlas.
How do you find out what stars are visible tonight? With a planisphere or "star wheel." It's easy!
When Galileo Galilei first turned a telescope to the heavens four centuries ago, he discovered amazing things and you can follow in his footsteps.
S&T contributing editor Fred Schaaf takes a new approach to an old subjecty by describing the 50 best astronomical sights of any kind, from naked-eye spectacles to objects that can only be seen through telescopes at high magnification.
Light pollution is most amateur astronomers' worst enemy. Learn here how to measure and describe how brightly your sky glows.
Have you ever felt that you ought to be able to see more in the night sky using just your unaided eyes? You may need nothing more than a new pair of eyeglasses.
Watch S&T senior editor Alan MacRobert show and explain how to use star charts and planispheres (star wheels).