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Amatuer Astronomy and Backyard Stargazing

Amateur Astronomy and Backyard Stargazing Advice

Most people who live in cities and suburbs do not realize how many stars there really are. Street lights wash out many of the smaller stars. I remember as a teenager after moving from New Jersey to rural Missouri looking at the night sky and marvelling at the Milky Way and all that the heavens held.

Most gold prospecting trips will take you to fairly undeveloped areas. Take the opportunity to explore the darkened sky. Take along a book about the constellations, so you can find them. Use a pair of binoculars to look at the moon. If you want, you can buy an inexpensive telescope to look at the planets and the surface of the moon.

Just because it is dark, do not think that your prospecting adventure is on hold until the morning. Look up. You may find more treasure than you can imagine.

Amateur Astronomy and Backyard Stargazing Links

http://www.tucsonastronomy.org/
http://www.edu-observatory.org/eo/astronomy_clubs.html
http://www.iolaks.com/softech/astro/astro.htm
http://www.folksonline.com/folks/hh/tours/astro.htm

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Amateur Astronomy and Backyard Stargazing Books

Astronomy for Dummies
Astronomy for Dummies

Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy
Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy

Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide
Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide

365 Starry Nights: An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year
365 Starry Nights: An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year

Secrets of the Night Sky: The Most Amazing Things in the Universe You Can See with Naked Eye
Secrets of the Night Sky: The Most Amazing Things in the Universe You Can See with Naked Eye

An Instant Guide to Stars and Planets
An Instant Guide to Stars and Planets

Peterson First Guide to Astronomy
Peterson First Guide to Astronomy

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky

Star Maps for Beginners
Star Maps for Beginners

The Backyard Astronomer: A Guide to Stargazing Stargazing: Astronomy Without a Telescope Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril
The Night Sky 30-40 (Large) Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope--and How to Find Them Find the Constellations A Walk through the Heavens : A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends

Amateur Astronomy and Backyard Stargazing Equipment

Tasco 625x50 mm Novice Telescope Tasco 625x50 mm Novice Telescope

Reliable 50 mm refractor telescopes are easy to operate, with high-quality glass optics for sharp, clear images. Rack and pinion focusing and alt-azimuth mounts make this the ideal starter telescope line for budding astronomers of all ages. Easy portability and rugged construction make Novice an excellent traveling companion to the stars. Telescope Type: Refractor Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm Focal Length: 625 mm Focal Ratio: 13 Mount: Alt-azimuth Barlow: 2X Interchangeable Eyepieces: (1.25') H25MM (25X), H12.5 MM (50X), SR4MM (175X) Finderscope: 5x20 Finish: Metallic Turquoise Weight: 8 lbs. Additional Features: Aluminum Tripod Accessories Included: Diagonal, Moon Filter Barlow Lens: A lens placed before the eyepiece to increase power of the eyepiece. 2x Barlow doubles, 3x triplets, etc. Erecting Eyepiece: An erecting prism or lens system inserted between the objective and eyepiece lenses to invert upside-down images for terrestrial viewing. Eyepiece or Ocular Lens: The lens closet to the eye. The eyepiece forms the light transmitted form the objective lens into a visible image. Objective Lens: The primary light-gathering element of a telescope, located at the opposite end of the eyepiece. May be a mirror or a lens.


Tasco 900x60 mm Luminova Telescope Tasco 900x60 mm Luminova Telescope

Slow motion controls work with either an alt-azimuth or an equatorial mount to make the Luminova an even better observing experience. And the 1.25' eyepieces deliver sharper images and a wider field of view along with better eye relief. Lightweight and portable, Luminova puts the universe within easy reach. Telescope Type: Refractor Objective Lens Diameter: 60 mm Focal Length: 900 mm Focal Ratio: 15 Mount: Equatorial 1 Barlow: 3X Interchangeable Eyepieces: (1.25') H25MM (36X), H12.5MM (72X), SR4MM (225X) Finderscope: 6 x 24 Finish: Metallic Champagne Weight: 18.5 lbs. Additional Features: Aluminum Tripod Accessories Included: Tasco SkyWatch CD-ROM with 10,000 Object Database, Diagonal, Moon filter, Solar Projection Screen


Deep Space 675x4.5' Reflector Telescope from Bushnell Deep Space 675x4.5' Reflector Telescope from Bushnell

Bushnell® Deep Space Telescopes are a great value for both the beginner and intermediate astronomer. Fully featured for night after night of fun and excitement exploring deep into space. Include all-metal optical tube assembly, high-quality glass optic objectives for crisp clear views, full-length variable height tripods, metal equatorial and metal yoke mounting systems, all-metal accessory trays, rack and pinion focusing mechanisms and patented universal coding system. For in-depth information on how to choose which Telescope is right for you and for detailed technical information, please click here .


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