The best way to start stargaz­ing is sim­ply to start stargaz­ing

Sky at Night Magazine - - CONTENTS - Chris Bram­ley Editor

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

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