Category Archives: Help and Advice

Buying a New Telescope

With the current popularity of astronomy due to programmes like BBC Stargazing Live there has been a marked increase in telescope sales. We regularly get requests from people struggling with their new purchases and we often find they have purchased something which is unsuitable for their needs – here at the Liverpool AS we are […] Continue Reading »

Getting started in Astronomy (Part 2), by Steve Southern

Continuing on from last month let’s look at how some more of the more obvious constellations and stars can be used as pointers and sign posts in the night sky. Let’s go back to the Plough which is part of the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. The 2 pointer stars point towards Polaris, the […] Continue Reading »

Constellation of the Month (December 2008) – Taurus, by Steve Southern

Avoiding the obvious Orion, December’s constellation of the month is the wonderful Taurus, the bull. Click for printable map http://www.hawastsoc.org/deepsky/tau/tau.htm Myth Taurus is one of the oldest zodiacal constellations. According to myth, Taurus represents the bull form taken on by Jupiter or Zeus in pursuit of the fair maidens of the seven sisters (Pleiades). There […] Continue Reading »

A Telescope for Christmas, by Steve Southern

This article has been superseded by an updated version written in November 2013 – please click here to view the new version. (Note by MG, 11th May 2013: The prices quoted in this article were accurate as of December 2008 but will likely have changed by now! It’s possible some of the prices given will […] Continue Reading »

Getting started in Astronomy (Part 1), by Steve Southern

We’re starting a new feature for those members new to astronomy. This month to start you off we have “Getting started in astronomy”, a guide to those “first steps” in astronomy and a view of some key constellations of the northern skies. Plus “Constellation of the month”, a closer view at Andromeda this month. Stars […] Continue Reading »

Constellation of the Month (November 2008) – Andromeda, by Steve Southern

High in the south at midnight in November is the wonderful constellation of Andromeda. Look for it almost directly above you towards the South at around midnight during November. Click for printable map http://www.hawastsoc.org/deepsky/and/and.html Myth Andromeda is the Greek daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cephus of Ethiopia. Andromeda was very beautiful making Hera, wife […] Continue Reading »