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A Little Advice

Postby Maedhros » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:49 pm

Hi

I find myself looking to get back into something I was interested in as a teenager easy guess Astronomy

Tricky thing is I find myself living in A City Centre, with few resources and was considering trying to fnd a way to 'Skywatch' for the most part online

Does anyone know of a place to start?

Online information on the Solar System to start (apart from Wikipedia that is) ;)
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Re: A Little Advice

Postby Aratus » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:04 am

Visiting a local astronomical society would be a good place to start. Look out for a 'Star Party' which is designed to promote astronomy, and have plenty of people around to talk to, along with their telescopes to look through. A city centre society would probably have a favourable location that they use.

Web pages have their place, but I've yet to see one that has the right depth and scope. On the other hand their are plenty of books on the planets.
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Re: A Little Advice

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:04 pm

City centres are not the best places for astronomy but you can still see the Sun and Moon. Click here for a short guide on viewing the Sun: http://www.philippughastronomer.com/HowToSeeTheSun.pdf

You can see lunar craters, even through small binoculars. Galaxies are all but impossible from urban locations but the bright planets and even some bright open star clusters are possible. If you are able to observe (safely!) from parks after dark, you can see quite a lot. I live in suburbia but still manage to see and photograph quite a lot. See my website and blog for details.
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