Essential Tips for Getting the Best Views of Planets

If you enjoy observing the planets in the night sky, then you’ll definitely want to check out these tips for maximizing your experience. For me, with a good telescope and a clear dark sky, I get to see Jupiter’s colourful bands and Saturn’s iconic rings. I’ve discovered the following on getting the most from planet-viewing … Read more

Discover the Power of Optical Coatings: A Guide for Backyard Astronomers

Optical Coatings Explained

When choosing telescope eyepieces or binoculars you’ll likely come across these different types of optical coatings. If like me, what these mean for the view you get through your instrument will escape you as a novice backyard astronomer. The following is what I’ve since discovered about the different types and what each have to offer… … Read more

Telescopes for Curious Kids Around the $100 Mark

This guide will introduce you to telescopes that are budget-friendly and perfect for inquisitive kids.  Here’s a checklist for buying budget-friendly telescopes for kids: Remember to keep safety in mind and always supervise kids when using telescopes. Happy stargazing! #1. Celestron 80mm Travel Scope Suggested Ages: 6+ years Celestron – 70mm Travel Scope (affiliate link) … Read more

A Beginners Guide To Backyard Astronomy

Beginners Guide To Star Gazing

Here I cover what I’ve found of value for starting out as a backyard astronomer including what to know about the telescopes and binoculars for beginners. The basics to Backyard astronomy Getting the right equipment for you It’s important to think about the type of observation you want to do. Are you interested in looking … Read more

Exploring the Benefits of Catadioptric Telescopes for Astronomy Enthusiasts

Catadioptric Telescope Benefits

I’ve recently discovered the world of catadioptric telescopes. Here, I share insights on why these telescope types are popular in backyard astronomy. Catadioptric telescopes are a type of telescope that uses a combination of mirrors and lenses to reflect and refract light. The name expresses this combination. The word “catoptric” refers to the study of … Read more

Can I see Mercury Through a Telescope?

Where To See Mercury (360 X 280 Px)

Is Mercury visible through my telescope? What can I see of Mercury? It is the smallest planet in our solar system and the closest to our Sun. Here’s what to know about seeing Mercury through a telescope, binoculars, or with the naked-eye. When is Mercury visible? What does Mercury look like through a telescope? To … Read more

What Can You See Through A Home Telescope

Things To See Through A Home Telescope (360 X 280 Px)

What can you expect to see with a home telescope? If you are looking to buy or are just starting to use a telescope as a beginner or one for a child, here are some basics to expect and what you can have fun viewing. First up, I want to be realistic. We see jaw-dropping … Read more