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Arcturus or Alpha Bootis

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Joel Hall:
For someone Studying the Skies, is it better to Find star Titles (e.g Arcturus) or the naming convention that is Greek letter for relative brightness and Constellation (e.g. Alpha Bootis)
On one hand, it would seem easier to remember 100 star names.  On the other hand using all the Greek letter / constellation system you understand the constellations, their places and their celebrities.

Omar Manning:
<p>Star Names.</p>

afelfillia:
Agreed. More commonly known and accepted.

dextcinthrervest:
Perhaps it pays to learn the 20 or 30 most common star names and then Bayer?

ruesonecrai:

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Agreed.
You should know at least the proper names of each of the 1st magnitude stars, but remembering names for the 2nd magnitude stars is a waste of time.
Much better to remember the Bayer letters. Easier to find on charts, in computer catalogs, on-line databases, and no alternate spellings around.

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