As the evenings lengthen it’s a great time to get to know the night sky better, but if you’re new to astronomy where do you start?

Our first Masterclass in the Observing Series will set you up for the coming dark sky season, with a run-down of the prominent stars and constellations that are on view throughout the autumn and winter months.

Long-time American sky-watcher Scott Levine will be joining us live to describe how to get the best views of the ever-changing cosmos with the naked-eye and binoculars, and taking a closer look at some of the deep-space treasures that small telescopes can reveal.

In the second part of the Masterclass there is a Q&A with Scott Levine and Editor Chris Bramley.

All registrants will have access to the Masterclass recording once the event has ended and will be able to watch this recording for a maximum of 10 times. Registrants will also receive a downloadable PDF handout to accompany the Masterclass.
  • Acclimatising yourself for a night under the stars
  • Orientating yourself to the view
  • The key signposts in the sky and how to star-hop between them
  • The constellations of autumn and winter skies
  • Asterisms, and how they are they different to constellations
  • Our home in space, the Milky Way
  • Top targets for binoculars and small telescopes: double stars, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies
  • Live Q&A with Scott Levine and Chris Bramley
Scott Levine
Scott Levine is a long-time amateur astronomer based in New York’s Hudson Valley, in the northeast of the United States. He’s been hooked on observing the night sky ever since he got his first view of Saturn as a kid, and writes regularly for us at BBC Sky at Night Magazine, as well as for Sky & Telescope and other publications in the US.
Chris Bramley
Chris Bramley is the Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine. A journalist by training, he has been covering space and astronomy since 2005 and has headed up the magazine's editorial team since 2011.
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