Mark Thompson Astronomy

Practical Astronomy

Like most hobbies, getting started in astronomy can be the most daunting step. I have had many years experience helping newcomers to the subject get started. From finding their way around the sky to their first telescope purchase, there’s lots to learn. In these pages you will find everything you need to know to get started in astronomy and a little bit more. You will find advice on getting started, buying equipment, advice on how to use it, other little hints and tips I have picked up along the way and some guides to what you can look out for.

Hopefully you will find something of use here, if not, send me a question and I will do my best to respond to it as soon as I can.

Six Simple Steps to Start

There are a number of other things you should think about doing before buying your first telescope. They won’t cost the earth and will give you a solid foundation in your pursuit of astronomy. Follow my Six Simple Steps and you will soon be on your way.

The Sky Where You Are

Knowing where to look is probably one of the hardest skills to learn in astronomy but my easy to use sky chart will show you what’s on view for any night of the year from your location. The chart will even show you which planets are on view so will give you many hours of viewing pleasure.

Choosing Equipment

Deciding which telescope to buy can be a confusing task for the beginner. There are a number of things to consider that will determine which telescope would be just right for you and once you have discovered this, it becomes a whole lot easier.

Using Equipment

Once you have your very own telescope you now have to use it. That probably sounds easy just point and look, right? Wrong! Telescopes are precisely engineered things and need to be setup and maintained properly. With my simple guides, getting the most out of your telescope has never been easier.

Observing Hints and Tips

Like all subjects, astronomy has a whole host of hints and tips that just make it easier and more fun. Checkout these pages to find a wealth of little tricks that I have picked up over the years. I’ll add more so keep checking back.

Image Gallery

One great aspect of astronomy is recording the objects for future study. Mark uses telescopes around the globe to capture images of the night sky and you can see a sample of some of his work here.

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