Best camera phone 2022: Smartphones with stargazing capabilities

With multiple lenses, advanced software and gargantuan amounts of megapixels, the cameras built into the very latest smartphones are beginning to seem even more advanced than some ‘proper’ cameras.  While it’s certainly true that camera phones are getting a lot of innovation it’s important to remember that engineers trying to squeeze as much performance as … Read more

The sky-measuring trick that every stargazer should know

There’s a no-nonsense technique for navigating between stars and constellations and all it requires is putting your hand in the air, says Abigail Beall Space 23 February 2022 By Abigail Beall Arnaud Lesueur/Alamy THIS week, instead of looking for a particular target, we will try a technique for measuring distances in the sky. Once you … Read more

Best night sky events of January 2022 (stargazing maps)

See what’s up in the night sky for January 2022, including stargazing events and the moon’s phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software. Related: Space calendar 2022: Rocket launches, sky events, missions & more Saturday, Jan. 1 — The inner planets dance (after sunset) (Image credit: Starry Night) To kick off 2022, … Read more

The Christmas night sky: A 2021 Yuletide stargazing guide

Christmas is almost here, and the night sky obliges by presenting a beautiful display of celestial sights, perfectly timed out to coincide with the holiday. In ancient times, Dec. 25 was the date of the lavish Roman festival of Saturnalia, a sort of bacchanalian Thanksgiving to the god of agriculture, for whom the slowest moving … Read more

Best binoculars 2021: Top picks for stargazing

A good pair of binoculars are an indispensable tool for anyone interested in astronomy, and we’ve put together our recommendations of the very best binoculars your money can buy.  When choosing the best binoculars it can be tempting to go for the highest magnification, but think again. Binoculars deliver such amazing views of the night … Read more