be a bet­ter as­tronomer

The 15 tips and tricks you need to get even bet­ter night sky views

All About Space - - Contents - Writ­ten by Jamie Carter

The uni­verse is a big place. While you may have learned to nav­i­gate the night sky on a ba­sic level, are you get­ting as much as you can from your ob­serv­ing? You may be a ca­sual stargazer, or you may have more se­ri­ous am­bi­tions; ei­ther way there are some tried-and-tested ways of do­ing things bet­ter. Many things can de­ter­mine when you should step out­side, from the phase of the Moon to how well pre­pared you are. Are you dark adapted? Are you dressed for the oc­ca­sion? Are you look­ing at the star clus­ters and neb­u­lae prop­erly? From un­der­stand­ing your eyes to push­ing your­self to learn more, these tips will help you im­prove your night un­der the stars and get bet­ter re­sults. As al­ways with stargaz­ing and as­tron­omy, there’s al­ways some­thing new to learn.

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