Society for Popular Astronomy

More help and advice

Here’s a selection of some very useful articles previously published in Popular Astronomy. You can read many more articles like these by joining the SPA!

Telescope Topics by Ian Morison:

Star Testing Your Telescope (300 kb PDF)

Choosing an Eyepiece (200 kb PDF)

Aligning an Equatorial Mount (350 kb PDF)

Starting Astrophotography with a Digital Camera (400 kb PDF)


Transit of Mercury 2019

Giving long exposures on a digital camera

Photographing star trails

Predicting the ISS and other satellites

Using a mirror to view a partial eclipse

Simple Guide to Viewing the Space Station

Tips when projecting the Sun

Imaging with a DSLR through the telescope

Buying a telescope for a child

Photographing a partial eclipse