Tuesday, June 17 2003 @ 08:26 pm EDT
Contributed by: Admin
So the best way to start out, is to get a star chart. A star chart can be found in the latest issues of Sky & Telescope and Astronomy. Since you're just starting, you might want to pick up Astronomy first. Then go out and learn the constellations and stars.
Go to a star party! This is a good way to learn about the hobby. At star parties, you will find knowledgeable astronomers who know the difference between a star and a planet. Not only will they give you tips, but they may also let you look through their telescopes or binoculars. Sometimes there are even refreshments, and if you are a college student like me, almost anything is a good excuse for free food and drink.
Once you've learned some constellations, watched some meteors, and looked through a telescope or two at a star party, then you're ready to decide if you want to invest in a telescope. Below is a list of articles that might be helpful:
- "Choosing a Low-Cost Telescope" Sky & Telescope December 1993
- "Three 6-inch Dobsonian Reflectors" Sky & Telescope December 1996
- "Buying the Best Telescope" Sky & Telescope December 1997
Originally contributed by former AOAS member Jodin Dunbar