Chasing Dark Skies on Dartmoor (Capturing the Milky Way and More under Pristine Skies)

In this article for the first time, I am chasing dark skies by doing astronomy in the wild, this allows you to see things that are not just possible to see from urban areas. So hopefully this article will inspire you to do the same. In today's world, seeing the night sky is increasingly difficult. Light pollution has been slowly getting worse reducing what we can see in the sky. In London where I am usually based the sky is orange and only the brightest stars are usually visible with the naked eye. So, I really need to go off the grid to find somewhere that is remote enough to be dark. In a country like the UK, where the cities and towns are quite close together, it will take quite some time to escape the light pollution. To do this I decided to go to the Dartmoor national park, in the south west of England. As far as Dartmoor is concerned, I decided to explore the northern section, as it would be dark since there are no other settlements nearby and the Exmoor national park is als

How to find the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) the brightest galaxy in the night sky

When people start with astronomy, they often want to see the planets and the moon and then, after a while, what they want to observe something more challenging, but still impressive. They often conclude that they want to see galaxies and what better galaxy to observe first than Andromeda galaxy?