Here you can find helpful links to past presentations, including the BASIC basics, a four series presentation from the BAS of Chattanooga.


Part I – Beginning Observer Basics – You Don’t Need a Telescope to Start in Astronomy


Part II – Beginning Observing Basics – Telescope Basics


Part III – Beginning Observing Basics – Beginning Observing


Part IV- Beginning Observing Basics – Beginning Star-Hopping

Links from “A practical guide to visual astronomy”. You can find a recording of my presentation at the Astronomical Society here:

Enjoying your Time at the Eyepiece by Matt Harbison- BAS of Chattanooga Presentation, September 8, 2022

Links & Videos from “Enjoying Your Time at the Eyepiece”.

Settle Videos:

Choosing a Telescope Mount:

Visual Kit Suggestions:

A nice refractor to consider for VISUAL or PHOTOGRAPHIC use – Astro Tech 72mm ED w/ FPL 53:

Another nice refractor to consider for mostly visual and some Astro-Photography- Sky Watcher 72mm Evostar ED (non disclosed glass, but a lovely instrument) :

An affordable Alt/Az mount for Visual Use – ScopeTech Zero:

A Nice tripod to work with the above Alt/Az Mount (Visual Use) – LeoFoto LS-324C (comes with great ball head, and center column):

Imaging Kit Suggestions:

A Nice refractor for mostly PHOTOGRAPHIC and some VISUAL- Sharpstar 61 ED:

A Nice mount to start astrophotography/imaging with- iOptron 28 Gem:

Mentioned Accessories:

Astronomy Chair Vistil Ergonomic Work Seat:

Zebra Red Flood Light:

Portable Table/Music Stand:

The BASIC basics, a four series presenation from the BAS of Chattanooga.

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