This short guide will help get you started on learning about the brilliant sky at night. On any clear night, countless wonders await you in the sky. You can see a galaxy 2½ million light-years away with your unaided eyes, and with binoculars spot craters on the moon! Although learning about secrets of the dark sky may seem like an overwhelming task, taken step by step, your curiosity of what’s up there can be the first sparks of a lifetime of cosmic enjoyment.

Remember, amateur astronomy should be calming and fun. Take pleasure in whatever you can see with the naked eye, your binoculars or telescope. The more you look and examine, the more you will see, and the more you see the more you will want to look! Take time to learn the secrets of the night sky, and delight in the beauty and mystery of our amazing universe.