This is NGC 104 – a globular cluster called 47 Tucanae. A globular cluster is a grouping of stars that orbit a central point. I took this photo using the telescope located in Chile in the southern hemisphere.

Astronomy is the study of the stars, planets, galaxies, comets, asteroids and so much more. It’s a vast topic that’s easily accessible because all you really need to get started is your curiosity and your eyes. Look up into the sky and observe the motion of the Sun as it passes overhead throughout the day and then observe how the Moon changes each night.

As a beginner in astronomy, I was puzzled by the night sky. I saw the stars and knew of a few constellations but didn’t know much else. The sky I was observing was polluted with light making only the brightest objects visible to me – not that I knew what I was looking at.

As my interest grew, so did my curiosity. I learned about constellations and started to see patterns in the sky. I learned the terms ‘azimuth’ and ‘altitude’ and learned to locate some objects with the help of a sky atlas, but I was still unfulfilled.

Having seen amazing the amazing photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, I was inspired to try to see the objects it had observed but I had no idea where to begin.

Remote Astrophotography Using – A Handbook” is a great resource for a beginner in astronomy. You’ll learn how to use eight telescopes located in two hemispheres to take amazing pictures of the night sky. You’ll understand how to find objects to photograph, learn about when they’re up in the sky. You’ll learn about how to compose your shots for the best possible result and learn about how to use the images you take.

I designed “Remote Astrophotography Using – A Handbook” with the beginner in astronomy in mind. I assume all you have is your computer, a connection to the internet, and are curious about the night sky (you might even be curious about the daytime sky too – offers something for you as well!).

I get you up to speed quickly, showing you how to use a telescope located a great observing site with dark and clear skies. I explain not only what you need to do, I also explain why you’re doing it, giving you a great foundation to build on for your hobby in astronomy.

Check out some of the images you can take with, then download the sample chapters from the book. “Remote Astrophotography Using – A Handbook” is available for purchase exclusively at!