When reporting eclipsing binary photometry data to the BAA or AAVSO, the simplest way is using ASTAP. This is a practical guide showing how to do it.
Andrew Farrow describes how he built a simple breeze-block garden pier to stop having to carry his tripod and mount into the garden and going through the alignment process every time.
As well as taking impressive pictures, why not use your imaging skills to record some real science data and work out what's going on in an eclipsing binary star system.
Surely the Moon is boring because nothing ever changes on it? Not at all - it changes its appearance daily. The angle of Sun hitting the surface varies and casts strange and beautiful shadows across its landscape.
As winter approaches we look forward to seeing the likes of Orion, Gemini and Taurus, but in late autumn Auriga is worth a look and it's already getting high in the eastern sky.