The best way to start stargazing is simply to start stargazing
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and been captivated by its beauty, only to then become confused as you try to understand more about what you’re looking at? If so our feature on page 32 this month is for you: astronomy writer Jamie Carter shares 15 easy concepts that will help you get more out of your stargazing, and hopefully unlock the doors to greater knowledge about our place in the cosmos.
One of Jamie’s 15 tips concerns the Milky Way, and on page 40 we have a detailed look at how to capture wide-field pictures of our Galaxy in all its glory. Astrophotographer Will Gater reveals how to develop your skills to take images of its teeming star fields and nebulae with a relatively simple setup.
Of course, exposures of any duration are likely to reveal the glow of light pollution, but Mary McIntyre comes to the rescue on page 83, where she shows you how to remove background glare from your images with processing software, thereby bringing out the starry structure of the Milky Way.
As always, there’s much more to see in the night sky this month. Turn to page 50 in our Sky Guide for the highlights, including two bright comets. Enjoy the issue! PS Our next issue goes on sale 24 October