Amateur astronomy is a very interesting field and many people are trying to take up this hobby. However, in any case you need to know some things about the hobby before you start. Well if this is the case then we really appreciate you and also wish you good luck. As a beginner you may be trying to get some nice astronomical equipment for yourself and among these equipment binoculars will be your first choice for sure but you can find many more things. Before you start amateur astronomy you first need to know some things about starting and taking up amateur astronomy.
How To Start?
By gaining knowledge we mean that you need to study some stuff about astronomy and some amazing facts about the universe. Just looking at the sky in the night would not suffice for you at all. Thanks to the internet and libraries, loads of information about astronomical sciences can be gained by you without much of an effort. If you have a planetarium established in your locality then do visit it as from there you can get loads of knowledge and experience. There are many observatory and planetariums which allow the normal visitors to see the universe at night through their telescopes. Whatever you have learnt so far in your books will be seen physically by you through the telescope.
The star map is the key component of your astronomical studies. Though you may easily find such a map from your local library however our personal advice to you is that it is better if you purchase your own. Try to find a nice place for yourself where you can perform your amateur astronomy. You do not need any expensive equipment as a beginner. Try to go to a place like your state park, lie down on the grass at night and see the amazing universe from your naked eye. Do not underestimate the naked eye and remember that the ancient astronomers did not have any technological equipment at their disposal too.
Try to purchase good binoculars for yourself. You can find many affordable binoculars nowadays. 10×50 binoculars are mostly recommended. For more close observing you surely need the assistance of a telescope. Consider the aperture of the telescope when purchasing it. It is not a bad option if you become a member of an astronomical club.
These were a few things that you should know when you are looking forward to start being an amateur astronomer. Being an amateur astronomer is a great experience and if you like to discover new things then you should take up this hobby. Amateur astronomer does not possess any degree or professional diploma in the field of Astronomy. Such a person is nothing more than a hobbyist who likes to see the skies and its thousands of objects from a close distance. Though an amateur astronomer may not possess any educational degree in the field however loads of astronomical experience can make him/her qualified for working as assistants of professional astronomers.