Free Astronomy Guides

Free Astronomy Guides

Here you will find links to all the free guides that can be found on this website.

Beginners Guide to Astronomy

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This guide is ideal if you are looking for tips on how to get into amateur astronomy. It starts with how to get started using just your eyes. The guide then progresses into how to buy your first telescope or binoculars. It then goes on to demonstrate what to look for in the night sky and how to make seeing things more easy by setting up your telescope correctly, improving your observing skills and extra equipment that can make things much easier. If you have any friends wanting to start out please point them towards the guide too.

Deep Sky Astrophotography Without a Telescope

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In this guide you will be shown how to take pictures of galaxies, nebulas and star clusters using just your camera on a static tripod. There is no expensive telescope or tracking mount required here. The guide will show you how to take the pictures, stack them and process the pictures using free software. The aim of the guide is to get your astrophotography juices flowing with minimal initial expense. Hopefully it will then inspire more people to start trying the rewarding hobby of astrophotography.

Constellation Guide

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This guide will show you which constellations are best seen for the current season you are in for both the northern and southern hemisphere. You can then select a constellation and learn more about it including things like its mythology, meteor showers, highlights and surrounding deep space objects. Each constellation then has a deep space object tour you can take. The guide also includes a simple method to estimate which deep space objects should be visible with your telescope and from your observing location.

Deep Space Objects Guide


This guide looks at the Messier and Caldwell Deep Space Objects and provides information on the objects, how to find them in the sky, how bright they are and how big they look compared to the size of a full moon. This information should hopefully help you to identify the objects and also to not waste time looking for objects that are too dim for your observing location and equipment.

Constellation image credit: Till Credner

Cat's eye nebula image credit: NASA/ESA

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