This Week's Astronomy Video

What's up with Eyes on the Sky?

Changes up ahead! All good stuff thought. See the video above for a quick idea of what to expect in the months ahead, and note that there may be some "pauses" in between when you see posts from Eyes on the Sky, as many of these pieces are put into place. But it is all for the better - more videos for you to reference, more light pollution reduction information, and more "how to" and other videos to add as well. 

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

Want to see some other fascinating things in the night sky with a small telescope or binoculars? Check out some of the recent Eyes on the Sky astronomy videos.

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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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