posted on Feb, 12 2012 @ 10:36 AM
reply to post by sarra1833
There is a bit of a learning curve involved, but worth every minute. I found myself fascinated when looking up at the sky while I was learning, and
identifying different stars. Now, a quick visual scan yields Orion, Sirius, Polaris, and Vegas. Those a few of the really easy to spot ones.
Of course, if you ask questions, you always get answers. I'd recommend spending some time reading on Sky and
. The hardest part is orienting your self in the sky, and understanding Ascension and Declination. Also, it'd be helpful to print
out one of those sky wheels they have there for free download, and use it as your major tool to learn the heavens. The disk rotates per time of day,
and shows you what should be in your field of view. I keep two in my observatory logbook in the back flap at all times. They are invaluable in your
viewings of the sky.
There's no reason not to ask questions. Once you learn it, you'll never forget it, and before long you'll consider yourself an amateur astronomer.
Feel free to ask about anything.
BTW, good choice in priorities. Learn the sky and scope first, then move on to digitizing it.