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Originally posted by gortex
reply to post by CX
My advice would be if you have an android smart phone get Google sky map , its free , more educational than a Laser pointer and no danger to air traffic
If your on iphone you can get Star Walk app for a couple of pound .
Originally posted by cmdrkeenkid
Laser pointers are great for demonstrations in a large group, but if it's just the two of you, you should be able to get away with just using your pointer finger.
I wouldn't go with a phone or tablet app. While they are cool, there is sometimes error with how they're aligned. I've used Google Sky and seen it be off by over 20 degrees on multiple occasions. Plus the light is killer for your night vision. The best way to go is to purchase some star maps and use a red flashlight. The star maps would have the stars shown by magnitude, with a bigger star on paper correlating to a brighter star in the sky. Once you can identify them on paper and get your bearings it's relatively easy to find them in the sky.