Astronomy for Beginners

New to astronomy? Not sure how to get started in stargazing or which telescope to buy?

Here’s where you’ll find observing guides, how-to articles and great astronomy hints and tips. Don’t forget to check out our comprehensive astronomy dictionary.

Astronomy Dictionary
Red giant star

Massive or Sun-like stars that have ended the steady ‘main sequence’ phase. They then swell and in the process become extremely luminous.


The study of the surface of the Moon.

Dovetail plate

A type of mounting plate, which attaches a telescope tube to a mount. Its name comes from the fact that the join is wedge-shaped, like a dove’s tail

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