This Week's Astronomy Video

Introducing the First Light Guides!

First Light Guides

What are the First Light Guides?

The First Light Guides are designed to help anyone with a telescope 60mm and larger to find and observe objects in the night sky. Over the course of the next couple of months, a total of about 70 objects will have their own page, with several videos on each so observers can use a magnified finderscope or a red dot finder. (Setting circles videos will be added in the future.)

This is still somewhat new, and takes a lot of time to edit and get set up, so at the moment there are just a dozen or so objects ready. If you happen across a log in page, that object isn't ready yet. The ones that are ready are visible in the evening sky. Check out the videos above for more information, or click through to the First Light Guides section, here

If you'd like to help financially with Eyes on the Sky taking this step forward, please consider a subscription donation at Patreon.com or a one-time donation by using the Paypal buttons below.

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The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Amateur Astronomy

Are you a beginner to amateur astronomy? Start here.

Are you new to all this amateur astronomy, stargazing, learning the stars and constellations and telescope stuff? Eyes on the Sky's "Ultimate Guide to Telescopes and Amateur Astronomy" can have you up to speed on all the basics of finding your way around the night sky, types of telescopes and accessories and those confusing-looking equatorial mounts in about an hour's worth of time.

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Eyes on the Sky astronomy videos are now closed captioned, allowing for translation into 58 languages as well as benefiting people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Or, watch at work! (Just don't tell your boss.)


Poorly aimed lighting that provides neither security nor safety"Dark-sky friendly lighting fixtures"

I talk about dark sky friendly lighting fixtures a lot - I mention them in most every video, in fact.  But what are they? Find various types of dark sky friendly lighting fixtures here, or try these lighting manufacturers - and if you still have trouble locating them, contact me.  

NEW AS OF JANUARY 2013: The U.S.-based home improvement store Lowes now carries dark sky friendly lighting with the IDA seal of approval - look for them in your store. Got a neighbor with a light shining in your bedroom or window somewhere in your home?  Here's how to approach neighbors about poorly shielded lighting.  You can also find the silver-crown light bulbs highlighted in previous "Dark Sky Facts" from these online retailers:  

"The astronomy field needs more energetic promoters like David. Congratulations to him, and I urge the rest of you to give him your support." - Dave Eicher, Editor - Astronomy magazine

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