Your First Night Sky


All you need to know to get started in Night Sky

  • Suggests that the best way to do astronomy is, indeed, to look up.
  • All of us have been “looking up” ever since we were little children.
  • For most of us, however, looking the night sky has been no aim, or unfocused activity – not concentrated at one objective, but now you can learn how to focus your eyes and your mind on “looking up” more seriously.
  • Learning what, when, where, why, and how to observe takes time, energy, and commitment.
  • No one goes outside on the first night of Night Sky and, bingo! discovers that Horsehead Nebula or that Whirlpool Galaxy (Messier 51) in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dog).
  • Indeed, observing is not something you learn how to do in a night, a week, a month, or a year.
  • You will never run out of objects to discover in your entire lifetime – once you begin observing with regularity, you will soon discover that observing becomes addictive.


  • Most newcomers to astronomy can easily get lost when first looking up.
  • What you may need is a map to help you find your way – many available, you can even access a map of the sky on the internet for anytime and anyplace from the UK or other places at your holiday location.

    Choose the Cambridge Star Atlas 2000.0 star, that’s right for you….?
  • The above map you access will have the constellations visible at the time and place you chose, the locations of planets visible, and information about the Moon. If you would like to see a constellation up close in more detail, use the Stars and Constellations list to help you.
  • If you would like to know what is happening in the sky on your night sky of the year:-
    This is a live Sky Chart from Heavens Above, which is set for Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (if you live anywhere else in the UK or world, you can click on the configuration page and change it to your current observing site.)

Your First Night Sky

Derekscope’s Information Tips

Derekscope’s Observing the Deep Sky

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