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.

Selenography

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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