The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Astronomy

This Premium Online Astronomy Course Shows You How to See Planets and Galaxies... Even if You Have ZERO Telescope Experience

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Learn How to Go From Frustrated Telescope Owner to Accomplished Backyard Astronomer

Have you owned a telescope for a while but never managed to see Saturn with it, let alone a stunning Galaxy?

Did you just get your telescope and haven't the first clue where to start?

Well, first of all, you are not alone!

It is perfectly normal for novice telescope owners to feel confused and frustrated. In fact, the the biggest reason people give up on astronomy altogether is they have no success in finding night sky objects they had hoped to see.

This Beginner's Guide to Backyard Astronomy course is designed specifically to take you every step of the way from setting up your telescope and choosing the best place to do astronomy, to seeing your first views of planets and deep space objects.

Every Astronomer Should Enjoy Seeing Beautiful Nebulae and Awesome Galaxies

Following this course you will see detailed views of the five brightest planets in our solar system, six different galaxies, plus another six different nebulae.

On the way you'll also discover the best way of choosing eyepieces, how to measure distances with your hands, how to plan your own astronomical evenings and the star-hopping method all astronomers use to find those glorious but faint deep space objects we all enjoy seeing.


The step-by-step backyard astronomy course that shows you how to enjoy your telescope tonight... and for years to come.

What's Included in The Course?

The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Astronomy includes all the simple guidance and instruction you need to take away the mystery of using a telescope properly.

The videos, simple star charts and detailed (but easy to follow) 'how to' guides across more than 40 sections will transform you into a star hopping, galaxy glimpsing, Saturn spying, backyard astronomer.

I guarantee (literally) that you'll love what this course teaches you!

All of this is included in the price - and you get to keep all of it forever

- More than 40 detailed, easy to understand astronomy guides - and NO jargon!

- Five Modules that walk you through every step of astronomy from telescope setup to seeing your first galaxies

- 14 different videos to make the hardest topics even simpler to understand

- Loads of annotated night sky maps show you exactly where to find amazing objects

- Over 15 guides to the brightest constellations overhead

- Downloadable PDFs to help with your own backyard astronomy planning

- 2018 month-by-month planet guides

- 2019 update included at no extra cost

Once you own this course, you can refer back to any section at any time, and we're even going to include the 2019 update on where to find the planets.

Keep reading to see exactly what each of the five modules in this course cover.


Andromeda Galaxy is the brightest galaxy in the northern hemisphere. It is 2 million light years away, contains over one trillion stars, and YOU can see it with your telescope.

Module Five shows you how.

What Does the Course Cover?

There are over 40 detailed guides in this course. Each one is written so you can easily follow along, even if you have zero experience using a telescope.

These are the five core modules and what they cover...

The Five Modules

Each of the five core modules are designed to walk you through every aspect of backyard astronomy.

You'll start off learning the essentials that every astronomer needs in Module 1: How to Get Ready for Backyard Astronomy. It covers magnification, eyepieces, fields of view and picking an observing location. Don't worry though, it's done in a way that's easy to understand and will help you throughout your time as an astronomer.

Next, in Module 2: Getting Hooked. Seeing Your First Amazing Sight we break off from theory and have a rewarding look at the moon. Because, let's face it, what all of us as astronomers want to do the most is see glorious views through a telescope.

After that, we go to Module 3: How to DO Backyard Astronomy. This module is all about helping you find your way around the night sky. There's guides on where and how to find the planets, how to do star hopping, the constellations that are visible all the time and it covers a dozen seasonal constellations too.

Oh, and you'll also learn in module three how to plan your own night sky sight-seeing expeditions and the essential backyard astronomer skill of star hopping.

The last two modules are the most exciting. Everything from here on in is about getting outside, under the stars and using your telescope to see jaw-dropping views.

In Module 4: The Bright Planets you'll enjoy detailed guides to seeing Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Each planet's guide tells you exactly when to look for it, including a pdf calendar for easy reference. You also get seeing challenges for each planet, ranging from easy to tough so you can improve your astronomy skills over time.

Finally, you'll leave the solar system and travel off into deep space. Module 5: A Year of Deep Space Objects is all about helping you see galaxies, nebulae and star clusters.

There are 12 guides covering 15 objects in total. Each guide has detailed finder maps that come with detailed, step-by-step instructions for tracking down those tricky, faint deep space objects.

Amongst others, you'll get to see The Cat's Eye Galaxy, The Ring Nebula, The Leo Triplet of Galaxies (yes, there are three to see!), The Swan Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, The Dumbbell Nebula, The Whirlpool Galaxy and the Trifid Nebula.

As well as these five modules there is an introduction section to help you get started and a sixth module which is packed with helpful astronomy resources.

To help you make a decision on whether this is the right course for you, here are some free preview sections. Click the links below to see them (they'll open in a new tab, so you won't lose this page):

In the section below, you can see the complete list of guides you'll have access to once you own this comprehensive course.

After that, I'd love to share with you a bit about who I am and why I'm so passionate about helping you discover the joys of the night sky.

Course Curriculum

  Module 2: Getting Hooked - See Your First Amazing Sight!
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  Module 6: Resources Every Backyard Astronomer Needs (from time to time)
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This is the spectacular Ring Nebula as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. See it through your own telescope using the dedicated guide inside The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Astronomy.

Your Instructor

Adam Kirk
Adam Kirk

I've been a backyard astronomer for many years now, and have been steadily improving for all of them! In 2015, I created the popular website which helps over one thousand astronomers every day.

I was motivated to create this course because so many people tell me that their biggest frustration with astronomy is finding the objects they're searching for.

My mission with The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Astronomy is to help every budding astronomer learn to enjoy using their telescope as much as I do.

So, in this course, I've shared with you dozens of tools, tricks and techniques that will help you go from a beginner to stargazing like the professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a telescope to take this course?
This course is designed to help you get the most from your telescope. As a minimum you should have a telescope with a 3" (75mm) aperture.
Is this course only for people in the US?
This course that can be used by everyone in the northern hemisphere, including the USA, Canada and all of Europe and Asia. I've included a dedicated guide within the introduction section to explain how to make sure you have the correct view for your exact location.
What if I live in a light polluted area?
Light pollution affects so many of us backyard astronomers that I have designed the course to work even for astronomers who live in all but the most severely affected city centers. If you are not sure, find your town on the map at This course is great for anyone EXCEPT if you live in a part of the world colored gray or white on the map.
What should I expect to see with my telescope?
Perhaps the biggest shock all new astronomers get is what planets, galaxies and nebulae look like through a telescope. We are used to being 'wowed' by glossy, color images from Hubble or astrophotographers. In reality nearly everything you see in your telescope will be a lot smaller and less detailed than in those pictures. The absolute joy of astronomy, for me, comes from tracking down the object to begin with, seeing as much detail as I can and then contemplating the fact that I am seeing an object which is so very far away.
What if I'm comfortable with using my telescope?
Firstly, that's great! This course is about finding your way around the night sky with a telescope. So, whilst there are detailed sections on setting up and using a telescope, over 80% of this course is about understanding how astronomy works and seeing hard to find night sky objects.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. I will update the monthly planet guides at least once per year so that you always know where to look for any planet in each month of the current year.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I'll give you a full refund, with no questions asked.
You Haven't Answered My Question - Can I Contact You?
Sure, I always reply to every personal email I receive. Just send your question to [email protected] and I'll be pleased to help out.

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One of the guides in The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Astronomy shows you how to see the Whirlpool Galaxy... which is 23 million light years away.

If You've Already Invested in a Telescope, but...'re having little success finding the wonders of the night sky with it, then this course is exactly what you need.

For the price of a good eyepiece, you'll get over 40 guides to keep forever. They explain all the basics of astronomy that we astronomers need to know and they show you where and how to enjoy seeing planets, galaxies and nebulae.

I hope I've answered every question you have about The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Astronomy, and that you've tried the free preview guides (see the 'Class Curriculum' section, above) to see if they feel like a good fit for you.

However, if you have any lingering questions that you'd like cleared up, please email me at [email protected].

I answer all email personally and would love to hear from you.

Clear skies, and happy star gazing!

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