posted on Nov, 29 2013 @ 03:30 AM
reply to post by JadeStar
Thank you for your contribution. It's always nice to run into like minded people.
This whole thing has inspired me beyond researching. I want to be one of those backyard astronomers that helps in the world wide effort to watch our
skies. I know it's not something that can just be magically picked up but anything can be learned if one is willing to put forth the time and effort.
Actually, its like anything else, if you put the time in you will become a very good backyard astronomer. I highly recommend it. If you need any tips
or just want to "talk shop" you can send me a private message here.
Basic astronomy can be done by anyone. It's not rocket science.
Beyond that you can get as complex as you want.
Think of it like complex needlepoint or salsa dancing (i've taken up both as hobbies and found it comparable to when i first got into astronomy).
For example there are amateur radio astronomers who have made radio maps of our Milky Way, monitor the solar cycle, even do SETI. There are other
amateur astronomers who have built their own spectrographs, or interferometers even adaptive optics systems
And everything in between. I encourage anyone who ever was fascinated by this subject to get a good reflector telescope and a couple of good backyard
astronomy books and download Stellarium.
In fact download it anyway and get familiar with the sky
then when you have a telescope with a motor control you can plug it in to your computer
and stellarium will guide it to whatever you want to see/photograph.
You don't even have to own a telescope of your own. There are robotic telescopes you can control and use online. There's also stuff like
which have many citizen science projects for everything from classifying galaxies to looking for extrasolar planets in the
Kepler data to marking potential SETI signals which one can participate in.
Planethunters.org people found two planets so far named PH-1 and PH-2 respectively, so this is serious science
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