Amateur astronomy/Initial experiences

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Initial experiences: A course learning project for beginning observers

Purpose[edit]

Develop solid skills at astronomical observation, learn the major constellations of the sky, and detail how useful the advice on the page stargazing is

Participants[edit]

  • user: JoliePA as an interested backyard amateur astronomer I know the constellations pretty well and authored much of the original advice in the page stargazing
  • user: Sid9611 is also an amateur astronomer who knows the constellations and the basics of astronomy.

Qualifications[edit]

Everyone is welcome to try the procedure ,although to be fair, I am located in the Northeastern United States and thus I am unable to guide someone whom is located in the southern hemisphere. while the learning experience might be similar, the stars (and constellations) in the southern hemisphere are very different.

A prospective observer should have access to an open area with a low North horizon. He/she should also remember to dress warmly, get or make a redlight and buy or download a good star chart. The information in stargazing is meant to be a resource for the course.

I would also point out that this is not the only possible way to begin an astronomy. In this page are some other ways that people have become interested in observers: alternative ways to become an observer.

Lasly I would ask that as you perform each step you take go to the attached link and tell me about your experience. tell me whether the information I have given was clear enough and tell me whether the step seemed hard or not.

Course Activities[edit]

  • comment on the talk page on whether you find the page helpful and confusing
  • Prepare for an initial experience