Getting Started in Astronomy

Many people think astronomy is complicated, but it doesn't have to be. At least not with e-astronomy. We will guide you through astronomy on-line from having no equipment whatsoever; to using binoculars and telescopes to find planets, galaxies and much more.

Welcome to e-astronomy, the easy place to learn astronomy online through a series of informative videos by AstroPioneer.

To get started in astronomy doesn't require any expensive equipment, but what it does require is some knowledge of the night sky. Thankfully you can get started learning the night's sky with very little cost and a handy planisphere.

In this video, we will try to teach you how to recognize constellations which will help you to identify where the targets you want to see are in the nights sky. This will take the pressure off you when you come on to do binocular and telescope astronomy later on, which will be covered in later episodes.

What equipment do you need to get started in Astronomy?

You need very little equipment to get started in astronomy other than a planisphere and a red light torch, which will allow you to learn the night's sky.

This is usually a good idea before spending a large amount of money on a telescope. As it will help you determine if you like being out in the cold late at night. Once you have learned the night's sky this will come in very useful in the future, if you do decide to buy a pair of binoculars or a telescope.

A planisphere is a simple, inexpensive, hand-held device which shows the stars that are visible in the night sky at any particular time. Making it a great way of learning the night's sky.

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Using a red light torch allows you to read in the dark without ruining your night vision.

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