Getting started in astronomy    without  breaking the     bank.
First Things FirstMake sure astronomy is really your thing. Go outside and look up. It’s free, and it’ll give you an idea ...
You neverknow what you might    see Red lights dont kill your night vision   Stretch a red   balloon over a   flashlight
Start finding your   way aroundGet a star chart or planisphere http://kepler.nasa.gov/education/starwheel/ http://www.skym...
Start finding your   way aroundGet some planetarium software Free and good: http://www.stellarium.org/ Free with more feat...
Digging DeeperGet a basic book Timothy Ferriss Seeing in the Dark Nightwatch by Terence Dickinson 365 Starry Nights by Che...
Digging DeeperSubscribe to a magazine or other publication Astronomy Sky and Telescope http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/SkyCal...
Digging DeeperJoin an Astronomy Club Astronomy Club at Eastern Michigan University University Lowbrow Astronomers Student ...
When you’re ready to spend some money…
Consider binocularsPros                     Cons Easy to use             Limited aperture Upright images          No expan...
About BinocularsNumbers are Magnification X Aperture Bigger magnification = bigger image ¥   Also magnifies the shakes! Bi...
Ready For More?If you can find the Orion Nebula, binocularsarent cutting it anymore, and getting up at 4AM for a meteor sh...
TelescopesAperture is important Bigger = brighter Too big and youll never use itMagnification is not Get a few good eyepie...
TelescopesTry it before you buy it! Star Parties like Astronomy at the Beach Local Observatories
Other resourcesSky&Tel Starting Right in Astronomy http://www.skyandtelescope.com/howto/b asics/3308331.htmlAstronomy Maga...
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Getting Started in Amateur Astronomy

  1. 1. Getting started in astronomy without breaking the bank.
  2. 2. First Things FirstMake sure astronomy is really your thing. Go outside and look up. It’s free, and it’ll give you an idea of whether or not you’re really interested in astronomy enough to spend some real money. If you’re bored after 5 minutes, observational astronomy may not be for you!
  3. 3. You neverknow what you might see Red lights dont kill your night vision Stretch a red balloon over a flashlight
  4. 4. Start finding your way aroundGet a star chart or planisphere http://kepler.nasa.gov/education/starwheel/ http://www.skymaps.com/ http://www.vcas.org/star-wheels.html
  5. 5. Start finding your way aroundGet some planetarium software Free and good: http://www.stellarium.org/ Free with more features but not as pretty http://www.shatters.net/celestia/ Not free but excellent: Starry Night http://www.starrynight.com/
  6. 6. Digging DeeperGet a basic book Timothy Ferriss Seeing in the Dark Nightwatch by Terence Dickinson 365 Starry Nights by Chet Reymo HA Rey’s the Stars
  7. 7. Digging DeeperSubscribe to a magazine or other publication Astronomy Sky and Telescope http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/SkyCalendar/ Guy Ottewells Astronomical Calendar ¥ An annual publication
  8. 8. Digging DeeperJoin an Astronomy Club Astronomy Club at Eastern Michigan University University Lowbrow Astronomers Student Astronomical Society at the University of Michigan (primarily undergrads) Ford Amateur Astronomy Club More at http://astrosociety.org/resources/linkclubs3.html
  9. 9. When you’re ready to spend some money…
  10. 10. Consider binocularsPros Cons Easy to use Limited aperture Upright images No expansion Good for other things May still want a tripod Inexpensive (relative to a telescope)
  11. 11. About BinocularsNumbers are Magnification X Aperture Bigger magnification = bigger image ¥ Also magnifies the shakes! Bigger aperature = BRIGHTER image ¥ For astronomy, brighter is importantConsider all uses Giant binoculars arent great at the football game
  12. 12. Ready For More?If you can find the Orion Nebula, binocularsarent cutting it anymore, and getting up at 4AM for a meteor shower doesnt sound crazy,you might be ready for a telescope
  13. 13. TelescopesAperture is important Bigger = brighter Too big and youll never use itMagnification is not Get a few good eyepieces
  14. 14. TelescopesTry it before you buy it! Star Parties like Astronomy at the Beach Local Observatories
  15. 15. Other resourcesSky&Tel Starting Right in Astronomy http://www.skyandtelescope.com/howto/b asics/3308331.htmlAstronomy Magazine website http://www.astronomy.com/en/News- Observing/Intro%20Sky.aspxASP resources http://astrosociety.org/resources/linkobserve.html
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