The are many resources, both printed and digital, that are excellent sources of information for the budding amateur astronomer. It is very common, however, for these to be illustrated with long exposure photographs of astronomical objects. These images are often very beautiful and inspiring, but they can also give a false impression of what you will see when you go outside at night and turn your binoculars or telescope to the night sky.

The purpose of this website is to show you what you can actually see yourself with modest optical equipment. I promise to include no long exposure photographs of anything. (With one exception below!) I use real-time video clips taken using very light-sensitive cameras. I compare these with my own observations through binoculars and telescopes and make adjustments to ensure that they are as close as I can get them to the real, live viewing experience.

All astronomical objects will appear orientated differently depending on the date and time. All of my videos show you the objects as they appeared at the time the recording was made. Perseus may be lying down in my video but standing up when you go to look at him!