So...you have formed an interest in the wonderful world of astronomy! You wish to delve deep into this dark and mysterious subject and want to commit and learn all about the world outside of your own. You want to take up stargazing, observe our phenomenal solar system in action and be the next intergalactic explorer to keep their feet on the ground whilst discovering the next unidentified planet. Sounds Fantastic!
After the recent events of the disastrous pandemic, you want to do something that brings a little happiness into your life, filling you with motivation and providing you with the opportunity to escape those limiting restrictions that keep you trapped in the vicinity of your home. Yes, it’s decided! You want to study religiously and recognize each object that populates the sky. You wish to gain the ultimate knowledge that transforms you into a top astronomer. Your ambition is to familiarize yourself with the stars, the planets, and all things celestial to achieve expert status. You are knowledgeable on the basics however want to grow your intelligence and take it to the next level.
Where Do I Start?
So…. you know the basics, there are eight planets in the galaxy, the stars are those things that twinkle in the sky and asteroids, well if a large one of those hits us, we’re screwed! However, what about the rest of the phenomenal objects that exist in space? You are adamant about learning the secrets of the galaxy but let’s face it have no idea where to start. Well, future astronomers, here are 6 steps to get you started on exploring the galaxy!
Point Your Eyes Up!
Yes, I know it is the obvious first step, but it’s true! To succeed in astronomy, the first thing you need to do is get looking up and observing the night sky with the naked eye. You need to familiarize yourself with the objects that populate it, get into the garden at least once a night, and recognize the patterns that appear. Even if you live in an area with masses of light pollution, it will still be possible to pick out prominent objects such as the moon, Venus, Orion, and the north star. All these members of the galaxy family may not be visible all at once; however, dedicate enough time, and you certainly will witness their magnificence throughout the year as they change their position in the sky. You can even venture out to where the light is less invasive and witness more obscure sightings.
Get Yourself a Pair of Binoculars
Binoculars are the ideal tool for the beginner. Binoculars provide you with an extremely wide view, making it simple to find your way around the sky. They also provide you with a direct view of where you are actually pointing and are a fantastic way to familiarize yourself with the objects up above. Binoculars are also very cost-efficient and easy to store; also extremely light and portable when venturing out to other places.
Upgrade to a Telescope
When you feel you have exhausted the use of your binoculars, then it may be time to give yourself an upgrade to a top-quality telescope. A telescope will allow you to get a better view of the objects you behold, providing you with a much clearer and detailed image of what is before you, lighting up the sky. You can get many different models of telescopes, each designed for a person’s specific need, which doesn’t need to cost a fortune. The Orion telescope, for instance, is a great scope for anyone, whether you are a beginner or more experienced. The Orion telescope obtains many useful and crucial features when stepping out in the world of astronomy. More details on this scope can be found by visiting the founders of the American Eclipse site, where also many affordable telescopes are available.
Do Your Research
The delights of astronomy do not just come from the physical aspects of spotting those phenomenal sights; you will also find a lot of joy and satisfaction from the intellectual side of things by getting yourself down to the local library or doing extensive research on the web. Seek out basic knowledge about the secrets of astronomy that you need to know and guide books that give you an insight into just what you can see out there in the realms of the galaxy. Read about your own experiences you have achieved with the naked eye, objects you have already spotted, and seek knowledge on information about how the stars change throughout the year!
Keep a Diary
Choosing to keep a diary of your discoveries can help you keep track of what you have achieved so far and enable you to get more out of your precious hobby. Maintaining a record of your past sightings will focus your mind and allow you to look back on past experiences in the future. This way, you can pass down your knowledge to other fans of astronomy, who knows, maybe even your children and theirs!
Search For Other Amateur Astronomers
How fantastic would it be to find other avid fans of astronomy who share the exact same interests that you do? It would be great to gain knowledge from others whilst sharing your own thoughts on the subject. You could even plan to take trips or attend events that revolve around the astronomical world, improving on your skills and picking up any useful advice along the way! There are many clubs that exist around the globe, including those which are virtual and welcome new members, so check them out!
Joining the world of astronomy can be such an exciting world to be part of, and it can provide you with mental motivation and a much-needed escape from the reality of the world today. Learning the secrets of the galaxy and discovering new knowledge about what goes on in space can be a fascinating experience that can last a lifetime. It can turn out to be the ultimate savior of feeling free once again during these harrowing times.
WRITTEN BYDaria Brown