Interest in the cosmos and a fascination with both the sights and secrets it can reveal have grown in popularity more and more recently, with the amount of people purchasing telescopes and researching astronomy increasing. And they will not be disappointed with what they discover. For years, the night sky has fascinated many, and even your first look through astronomical telescopes will show you just why our vast universe amazes so many people.

Of course, until you know what you are looking for, the night sky can seem overwhelming, and you may be missing out on the best views out there. The best way to get into astronomy is to research thoroughly, making sure you read books and websites to know exactly where to be looking, and when.

There are also many astronomy groups out there, which can help you with everything from which telescopes are best to buy to finding the perfect spots to sit out and see the night sky in all its glory. Find out if your local area has one to offer, and if not, why not start one up?

If you live in a city getting full benefit of your astronomical telescopes can be hard, as the city light pollution often dulls all but the brightest of stars. However, this isn’t to say your gazing will be fruitless and there are often still some brilliant sights to be seen even through the light pollution.

Finding out the best spots in your area is often simply a case of a little research, and a lot of trial and error. Have a wander round all of the areas you think may be suitable, and try them out. Make sure you remember a torch and a warm sleeping bag though if you want to enjoy the night without getting stranded.Our night sky has many wonderful and amazing sights to offer, and it takes very little to appreciate it all the more.