Tips and tricks
Visual observation and astrophotography in practice - equipment, checklists, tips and tricks.
Every beginner will recognise this. The night’s targets are lined up and you're ready to go. Unfortunately, the finder mists up, your observing chair is too low and it’s difficult to reach the eyepiece. It’s getting really cold too. We help you overcome these stumbling blocks - with practical hints for a greater sense of achievement under the night sky.
Do you need a lot of experience, an expensive mount or a fully equipped observatory to take a great astronomy photo?
Lunar photography: this method, using a smartphone, is so simple that anyone can take beautiful photographs of the Moon.
Do you own an EQ mount or want to buy one? Step-by-step: how to set up and polar-align your mount.
An equatorial mount is only ever as good as its alignment with the celestial pole. Such alignment is simple with this little-known method.
Do you want to capture your observations with your own photographs? Step-by-step: how to connect your camera to your telescope.
No matter whether it’s with photos, sketches or an audio recording. Every hobby astronomer should think about keeping an observation journal. In this article you will learn why.
Planning your observations and making astronomy more fun. In this article, you'll learn how amazingly simple and effective it can be.
Visually, you won’t get far without eyepieces. But which ones are right for my telescope - and how many do I actually need?
What are GoTo telescopes, and what can you do with them? Set-up and handling, as well as all the functions explained in a compact infographic.
Planetary observation is even more fun with colour filters - you can simply see so much more. We explain which filter is suitable for which purpose.
Are you seeing double? Don't panic! Your binoculars aren't broken, just not properly adjusted.
EQ series mounts are omnipresent - many manufacturers offer them with their telescopes. Here's an overview.
You’ll need an accurately aligned mount for astrophotography. Perfect polar alignment in 11 steps.
Observatories are both a popular destination for day trips and a visitor magnet. But where are they? A map of European observatories.
The Moon and planets will prevail despite a light-polluted sky. But for deep sky objects, it's worth the trip to the countryside.