Guides & Activities

Astronomy resources for all


We have some great astronomy resources for you to download. Choose from a selection of guides, activity sheets and fun for kids.

Equipment Guides


Need help with your equipment? We have put together some useful guides to help you getting your equipment setup and finding objects in the skies.


Buying Your First Telescope
How to buy your first telescope. A guide sponsored by Celestron, a world renowned manufacturer and distributor of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes and accessories. This handy guide provides answers to the most common questions, explains the main telescope types, descriptions of eyepieces and what you should look at first.

Setting up an EQ (Equatorial) Mount
This handy guide put together by Catherine Maryon explains what an equatorial mount is, how they work and how to setup a manual EQ mount with your telescope.

UK Astronomy Beginners Guide
A beginners guide put together by UK Astronomy from our own experiences in the hobby plus frequently asked questions from the facebook community.

Naked-Eye Astronomy
Another handy guide put together by Catherine Maryon which talks about getting started with naked-eye observation in the UK. Great for learning the basics of astronomy and how to recognise a few of the most well known objects in the sky.





Sky Guides


These guides are some of the cool things that UK Astronomy have found around certain constellations. So download these to your phone or iPad and take them with you on your stargazing adventures. They are a work in progress so we'll be adding to them regularly. Happy Hunting!


NASA Moon Journal
Spend the next month getting to know the Moon. Set aside some time each day to look at the Moon and record your observations.

Sky Guide - Triangulum
Triangulum is a small constellation in the northern sky. Its name is Latin for "triangle".

Sky Guide - Vulpecula
Vulpecula is a faint constellation in the northern sky. Its name is Latin for "little fox".

Sky Guide - Equuleus
Equuleus is the second smallest of the modern constellations. Its name is Latin for "little horse".

Sky Guide - Andromeda
The Andromeda Galaxy is also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224 and originally the Andromeda Nebula.

Sky Guide - Cygnus
Cygnus is a northern constellation lying on the plane of the Milky Way. Its name is derived from the Latinized Greek word for "swan".

Sky Guide - Lacerta
Lacerta is one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union. Its name is Latin for "lizard".

Sky Guide - Cancer
Cancer is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac and is located in the Northern celestial hemisphere. Its name is Latin for "crab".

Sky Guide - Cassiopeia
Cassiopeia is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the vain queen Cassiopeia in Greek mythology.

Sky Guide - Hercules
Hercules is the fifth-largest of the modern constellations. It is named after the Roman mythological hero Hercules.

Sky Guide - Lyra
Lyra is a small constellation. It is sometimes referred to as Vultur Cadens or Aquila Cadens / "Falling Vulture" or "Falling Eagle". It is also where the fictional character, Prot, is from in the film K-PAX.

Sky Guide - Pegasus
Pegasus is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the winged horse Pegasus in Greek mythology.

Sky Guide - Perseus
Perseus is a constellation in the northern sky, being named after the Greek mythological hero Perseus.

Sky Guide - Sagitta
Sagitta is a dim but distinctive constellation in the northern sky. Its name is Latin for "arrow".

Sky Guide - Leo
Leo is one of the constellations of the zodiac, lying between Cancer the crab to the west and Virgo the maiden to the east. It is located in the Northern celestial hemisphere. Its name is Latin for "lion".

Sky Guide - Ursa Major
Ursa Major also known as the Great Bear is a constellation in the northern sky, whose associated mythology likely dates back into prehistory. Its Latin name means "greater (or larger) she-bear".

Sky Guide - Ursa Minor
Ursa Minor is a constellation in the Northern Sky. Its name is Latin for "Lesser Bear".

Sky Guide - Aries
Aries is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It is located in the Northern celestial hemisphere between Pisces to the west and Taurus to the east. The name Aries is Latin for "ram".

Sky Guide - Delphinus
Delphinus is a small constellation in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere, close to the celestial equator. Its name is the Latin version for the Greek word for "dolphin".

Sky Guide - Cepheus
Cepheus is a constellation in the northern sky, named after Cepheus, a king of Aethiopia in Greek mythology.

Sky Guide - Camelopardalis
Camelopardalis is a large but faint constellation of the northern sky representing a giraffe.

Sky Guide - Corona Borealis
Corona Borealis is a small constellation in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere. Its Latin name, inspired by its shape, means "northern crown".

Sky Guide - Coma Berenices
Coma Berenices is an ancient asterism in the northern sky. Its name means "Berenice's Hair" in Latin.





Kids Activity Sheets


Some cool activities for the kids to do - from creating their own alien, to word searches and spot the difference. Open the images below, print them out and keep the kids entertained for half an hour or more.


My Favourite Planet

My Own Alien

My Own Constellation

My Own Planet

Meteors

Constellation

The Moon

Solar Observing

Star Wars

Halloween

Christmas

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Moonday