The “Modern Day” Astronomer.
The video below shows how to get started.
Have you ever gone out at night to stargaze?
I promise you, it can be a very rewarding experience. As shown in the video you must collect certain items that help you get off to a good start. It takes roughly 45 minutes in darkness to get your best night vision. Adaptive night vision can be enhanced by using a red led flashlight for viewing star maps and setting up equipment.
Tips when observing the night sky:
- Set up instruments in an area where you have as much darkness as possible.
- Use a red led flashlight to help keep your night vision.
- Don’t return to white light areas or you will lose your night vision.
- When using cell phones or other devices turn down dimness.
- There is an app called ‘twilight’ that removes blue light from your phone/tablet screen.
- GoSkyWatch Planitarium app has good reviews
- Starwalk2 app allows screen to match backdrop of sky
- Skyview is a cool app that show the sky; and its free
- Use binoculars for spotting stars, nebula, and satellites.
- Recommendation 10×50 seems to be the standard
- To find stars and planets use star atlas reference.
- Phillips night sky atlas
- Phillips Planisphere
- Of course an affordable telescope.
- Recommend lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks
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