Stars in the night sky have captured mankind’s imagination since the beginning of time. Humans were astronomers before they became farmers. And there are various wonders to be seen in the dark sky. The Andromeda galaxy can be observed with the naked eye from dark places. If you want to see craters on the moon, millions of stars in the constellation of Hercules, moons of Jupiter or perhaps nebulous areas of Orion, all you need is average binoculars.
You may be surprised by how much you can see using an average pair of binoculars. There’s more to space than you might imagine. Read on to find out exactly how to begin an amateur astronomy hobby!
What is Astronomy
Astronomy is clearly in vogue today like never before. After that, a range of astronomy equipment is available that can cause confusion and lead to pointless or wrong purchase decisions. When you begin your journey into astronomy, it is certain that you will have to invest thirty minutes to three-quarters of an hour to assemble the equipment to get you back to seeing repetitions from friends.
As mentioned, binoculars are enough to see plenty of wonderful things during the night. However, if your interest is truly genuine, there are plenty of inexpensive pieces of equipment you can use to see further. Astronomy involves the study of celestial bodies in general. Regardless of what celestial body you wish to study, it still falls under the astronomy branch of science.
How to Get Started
Begin bit by bit. Get yourself a planetarium application. It will allow you to orient yourself in the sky. Buy some astronomy books. These will organize your knowledge. Then get a pair of binoculars for astronomy. Binoculars are practical to move. They don’t take time to set up. Their low magnification results in a larger field of view for more comfortable orientation in the sky.
There’s no need to buy a full-size telescope. If you find your interest building after time with the binoculars, you could look into it. However, binoculars are far cheaper and easier to use.
Before you go out and buy your first telescope, get a tripod and binocular adapter suitable for it. If you repair the binoculars (if you have not used binoculars with image stabilization), you will have access to the whole new range of objects. And then, when you can point to a minimum of a dozen constellations, just name a few brighter stars, go ahead and buy your first telescope. Do so after extensive research, of course, without saying anything.
Do Some Research
Before you decide to pay your hard earned money for something else, buy some books. Nightwatch by Terence Dickinson is a wonderful starting point. It doesn’t make sense to spend money on a computerized telescope if you have no idea how to align it to show you celestial objects.
Next, you buy a planetarium program. The stelarium.org Stellarium is both free and easy to use. Navigate comfortably from home through the starry sky. Then go out and see if you can see anything above. You need to know what the stars look like to the naked eye. Otherwise, you would get completely lost when trying to look through binoculars.
Now That You Have Some Experience
After you are familiar with the stars and you can even identify most constellations, use the binoculars. If there is the moon outside, remember that this is a perfect first target. Suppose there is no moon, there is always an Andromeda galaxy, a large cluster in Hercules or Orion Nebula, to make the launch possible. They are relatively easy to find and quite bright. After years of amateur astronomy, these are the goals I keep returning to.
Astronomy isn’t something you can master in just a few years. In fact, no one can truly master it. Our scientists are still learning new things about astronomy every day. Still, space and the things in it are highly fascinating. Not a day goes by where I don’t spend an hour or more staring up at the night sky. If astronomy interests you as much as it does me, get out there and follow the advice I gave you. You won’t regret it!