Amateur astronomy/Initial experiences
Initial experiences: A course learning project for beginning observers
Develop solid skills at astronomical observation, learn the major constellations of the sky, and detail how useful the advice on the page stargazing is
- 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.
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.
- read the page, stargazing
- comment on the talk page on whether you find the page helpful and confusing
- Prepare for an initial experience
- peform the activity Activity:Cassiopeia and Ursa Major and comment on its talk page