how to stargaze like a pro

How to stargaze like a pro

By Jake Riley, SR Senior Editor

Stargazing on a Saturday night is a unique way to create memories with your friends and loved ones. You can have a fun night outside on a budget and even learn new things about the universe. Luckily, exploring the night sky requires very little equipment and by following our tips, you are sure to have a wonderful stargazing trip!

Planning the time of your trip

Timing is key. Understanding the time and place of your destination is key to your stargazing experience. Different stars are visible at different times of the year, and their visibility depends on their location. Things to consider are:

The celestial object (star, planet, constellation) that you are wanting to view from your location.
The time of year the object is visible from your location.
The time of night the object is visible from your location.
The weather on the day you plan to visit.
The phase of the moon at your location.

It’s best to conduct stargazing during a full moon. Furthermore, take a look at the weather before you embark on your adventure. You want to view the stars on a clear night with little cloud cover blocking your view.

Many apps can help you research what is visible at your location throughout the year. With the help of modern technology, you can ensure that your trip will be a success.

What to pack

Though this is entirely up to you, packing the following items can help ensure a fun and successful trip!

A telescope or binoculars if you would like a closer look at the galaxy!
Be comfortable. Bring something to lie on. A blanket or a camping mat.
Good food and drinks. Snacks, hot drinks, such as hot chocolate, anything that can be enjoyed or prepared outside
Extra clothes just in case you get cold. are always great ways to keep everyone happy whilst out stargazing.
A compass to help you locate constellations or specific stars.
A camera, so you can photograph the stars and memories.

What to look for

The Sun: It’s the nearest star in our galaxy and the most visible star in the sky. While it can be fun to examine the sun up close, avoid looking directly at the sun as it causes eye damage. Use a simple pinhole viewer to ensure your safety.
The Moon: Only 12 people have ever set foot on it, and we can see it every day. Bring a telescope and but we can see it every day. It controls our tides and orbits the sun with the Earth. On a clear night, it can be viewed in detail by using binoculars which make it possible to see the craters and bumpy edges.
The Stars and Constellations: Depending on the time of year, your location, and the weather, you’ll be able to spot specific stars and their corresponding constellations in the night sky. It’s fun to remember that as you gaze into the galaxy you are getting a glimpse of the past as it takes light much longer to travel to get to our eyes.

Naming a star in the night sky

Wouldn’t it be great to show off a special star on your stargazing trip? You can make your trip extra memorable by naming a star after someone you love! Even better, you can ensure that your star is visible from your location by buying your star name on our website. No star on the Star Register is named twice. Surprise your friends or family and check out our gift selections.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I really name a star?

Yes, you can! Each order is unique to the Star Register and is recorded in the official Official register of Stars. We are one of the few legitimate Registries using advanced mapping software to assign your order.

What happens when I place my order:

Place your order on our order page and one of our experienced employees will handle everything else for you, this includes:
-Preparing relevant paperwork and electronic transmission of all necessary data to the Star register Database.
-Receipt of the response with the unique coordinates of your star
-Preparation of the star chart with the coordinates
-Preparation of the certificate and the gift Kit.

What's the difference between your different products:

We currently offer three products: (1) Deluxe (2) Supernova and (3) Twin. Each of this has it's own benefits and they can be compared on our homepage comparison chart.

How does the star chart work?

You can use the coordinates listed on your star chart to locate the star in the night sky or by searching our Official register of Stars which shows you a real photo of the star in the night sky.

Can I choose the constellation myself?

Yes, this is possible on the order form.

I can't open my order:

As our orders are digitally delivered, you can either open the kit in your browser or through Adobe Reader.

Is my order unique?

Yes. Every star coordinate is only allocated once, to a unique registration.

Where is my gift pack?

If you haven’t received the digital star pack by email within 24 hours please contact orders@starregister.org

How long is the delivery time?

We deliver by PDF within 24 hours via email. If you have not received your certificate within that time, please email orders@starregister.org

Is the star visible?

Yes, the easiest way to find the star is through the Official register of Stars. By entering the name it is easy to view the star in the night sky. However, it is also possible to find the location of the star using a telescope.

I am looking for general information about the product (cost, shipping method, payment method).

Please see our gift kit page.

I can’t manage to place an order (technical problem)!

Please send an email to orders@starregister.org

Can i have the details of my certificate changed?

Once we send the gift kit pack we aren't able to change it.