Master the Basics
From setting up your telescope to seeing your first planets, our core sections have got you covered.
As a member of the VAC, you'll receive detailed monthly guides to the night sky and challenges for you to attempt.
Go Deeper Into Space
As you find your way around your telescope and constellations, we'll help you discover galaxies and nebulae.
Detailed Astronomy Lessons
We've got eight detailed courses with over 40 separate lessons. We're adding new courses each month for you to enjoy.
Monthly Night Sky Guides
As a member of the VAC, you get a comprehensive monthly guide to the night sky. Each one has full-screen star charts, printables, highlights and challenges to get the most from your scope every month.
Track Your Progress & Activity
Mark your progress through each of the courses so you can see what you've achieved
Each course and lesson is really easy to find and follow, step by step
We've covered everything you need in language a complete beginner will understand
Brand New Night Sky Guides & Challenges added Every Month
We add detailed pictures, guides and challenges to help you get the most from the night sky.
Setting Up Your Telescope & Astronomy Tips and Techniques
Nine lessons over two courses filled with all you need to go from novice to accomplished telescope user.
Simple guides to Finding & Observing The Brightest Planets
Seven lessons teaching you where to look for planets and detailed instructions for observing them all.
Discovering A Sky Full of Deep Space Objects
Thirteen lessons on locating and observing galaxies and nebulae.
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