What is Amateur Astronomy

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What are the Basics of Amateur Astronomy?


Amateur astronomy is a remarkable pastime and can be an involve a number of practical and beneficial technologies. Instruments used in amateur astronomy varies from the naked-eye, to a common camera, to large computer-controlled telescopes using adaptive optics. The hard part is finding dark skies that are easy to access. If it’s cool out, be sure to bring a comfortable black NASA Sweater. Although we can’t provide dark skies, we can help with warm hoodies and sweaters! Just bring your passion for observing celestial objects in the sky and we’ll provide the apparel.  

Amateur Astronomy Starting Point?

Amateur astronomy is a hobby in celestial observation and exploration. The excitement comes from intellectual discovery and also expertise of the mysterious night skies. Although the point of a hobby like amateur astronomy is that you will want to make the discoveries, and also obtain the knowledge, on your own. Most amateur astronomers are self taught. That’s where-in lies the real passion and excitement. 

The public library is the best knowledge base on astronomy for newbies. Sift through the astronomy sections for books concerning the fundamental knowledge of space science. Also look for guidebooks with specific coordinances for known celestial objects in the vast universe. Review locations for stars and constellations that you can first locate with the naked eye, and about how the stars move through the night and the seasons. If the library’s resources aren’t enough, browse your neighborhood bookstores and online bookstores as well. There are plenty of magazine subscriptions to choose from.  Magazines provide new discoveries and records on frontline research. Obviously the Web is an incredible resource. However, the Internet is a hodgepodge of information and misformation There are outstanding beginner’s websites, however what you really need, at the beginning of your journey, is a systematic, well-organized framework. In other words, you will need books. Most likely a small collection of them.

Learning Hands-on Astronomy

Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to see and use many types of telescopes, and talk to various other amateur astronomers, is to visit a “star event”! See the calendar at Sky and Telescope. Month-to-month subscription to prominent magazines such as Astronomy Magazine and Skies and also Telescope will certainly keep you informed of upcoming holy events. A pocket sized “guidebook” or a star atlas is additionally an indispensable tool. 

Astronomy Groups and Organizations

Although there are many specialized observatories scattered throughout the globe, equipped by a host of satellites devoted to space science, many observatories exist in areas where it’s optimal to view a wide spectrum of the cosmos.

There should be observatories near you, or worse case, not much more than a few hours away. Some offer equipment that can be rented out at reduced rates. Occasions such as major celestial events, meteor showers, and even brilliant comets like Hale-Bopp, can be viewed and recorded on common camera or film.

Go and Make Discoveries

Hopefully with this article, you have enough information for a decent start to your amateur astronomy journey. Collect plenty of star guides, astronomy fundamental books, maps, and book mark valuable websites to keep information at your fingertips at all times. It’s not always necessary to purchase expensive equipment to begin. Many amateur astronomers started out with just a passion for the universe and the knowledge they got from researching and studying. Don’t anyone tell you differently. You don’t need a lot of money to get started. God speed.