Author Topic: Learning a new Father/Son Hobby  (Read 1284 times)

safrioheartli

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Re: Learning a new Father/Son Hobby
« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2018, 12:59:34 PM »
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hello all, I know I have a lot of questions but the vast amount of information y'all have shared I truly appreciate. Just an update. I took my planisphere outside tonight. I had trouble looking north for some reason so i decided to face south. I found my first star. It was Sirius. I had to utilize YouTube in order to find out how to use my planisphere though.

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Also, I looked a bit West and found orion's belt


You are now on the same path I followed. But I started learning the sky in June, so what was up there at that time was different.

I found Vega. Then I identified Epsilon Lyre. Then I started to build out from Vega. Each night I started at Vega. I did my research around Vega. What was around Vega? I found Wikipedia to be a HUGE help.

I learned about the Summer Triangle which gave me Altair and Deneb. The planisphere started to make sense.

I reread the instructions and realized how I was to hold it up to the sky, not flat in front of me. The sky started to make sense.

Then I learned about the Northern Cross. Then about Albireo, the coat hanger, then Cassiopeia and the Great Square in Pegasus. As you learn each one you gain confidence.

SkEye is an app that you can put on your android phone.  You point it at a bright star and it will give you the star's name. Just learn the names of the 5 or 6 of brightest stars.  On any given evening there are only about 8 bright stars I can identify by name, but they are my sign posts.

I built one star and one asterism at a time until the sky outside my front door became familiar.  I added Taurus, which included the Pleiades and the Haydes cluster. Then Orion became my obsession and I studied Orion.  And each month I spent a little time studying the moon.

Like a new driver I learned once street, then another, then how to get to the mall, then what was near the mall until I knew my area.

You are on such an exciting path of discovery. Don't try to learn it all, learn it one star and one asterism and one constellation at a time. And you can do it all with binoculars. After you get your telescope, you advance one star, one asterism, one constellation at a time.

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Re: Learning a new Father/Son Hobby
« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2018, 11:35:39 AM »
My son likes the Night Sky app on our iPad. It's a little easier to carry around than using Stellariam on our laptop for quick backyard peeking, and screen is big enough to give you a decent field of view compared to a phone.