However, if you can’t wait until then to get your fix of astronomical action, you might want to think about investing in some quality optics. This doesn’t just mean telescopes though. With the right pair of binoculars, or even a spotting scope, astronomers of all levels can get great results.
For the total beginner, there are some powerful computerised options available, like Celestron’s AstroMaster 130EQ-MD, SkyProdigy 102 and SkyProdigy 130 that can automatically map the night sky and track stars, planets and more with the push of a button.
If you’re more of a traditionalist however, then the AstroMaster 70EQ refractor telescope will work well for everyday and deep space viewing. The kit even packs a tripod and comes with SkyX astronomy software to help you brush up on your knowledge of the sky. Its classic reflector-based cousins, the AstroMaster LT 60AZ is ideal for those craving power with portability (essential for getting to dark sky sites in out-of-the-way areas). The TravelScope C21035 is an even smaller travel-friendly choice and comes with a backpack to keep everything in top condition.
So just what is going on above our heads in 2013? There’s quite a lot actually, with a major comet sighting, meteor showers and a penumbral eclipse among other things.