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Three Useful Tips for New Stargazers

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Three Useful Tips for New Stargazers

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Three Useful Tips for New Stargazers

  1. 1. Three Useful Tips for New Stargazers By: Valerie Varnuska
  2. 2. Three Useful Tips for New Stargazers Westbury, NY, resident Valerie Varnuska has a deep thirst for knowledge and constantly engages in a wide variety of mentally challenging activities, particularly those from which she can learn more about the universe. Valerie Varnuska particularly enjoys stargazing and learning more about the celestial bodies that populate the night sky. Here are some useful tips for those wishing to take up stargazing.
  3. 3. Three Useful Tips for New Stargazers 1. Altitude and darkness. Find a high spot, such as the peak of a hill, to avoid pollution that can obstruct your view of the night sky. Further, try to get as far away from any light sources as possible, as Jason Kendall, an astronomer at William Paterson University, notes that unnatural light prevents your eyes from adapting to the darkness for approximately 20 minutes.
  4. 4. Three Useful Tips for New Stargazers 2. Find charts. Plenty of online resources exist for those looking for charts of the stars, such as Google’s Sky app. Use these to figure out what you’re looking at and how the stars will shift in the sky over the course of a night.
  5. 5. Three Useful Tips for New Stargazers 3. Use binoculars. Avoid purchasing a telescope until you develop a greater understanding of stargazing, as telescopes are technical instruments that can frustrate new stargazers. Instead, use a pair of binoculars, which should provide enough magnification for observing the craters of the moon and examining constellations in more detail.

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