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Book of stargazing

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Using a telescope or binoculars

Using a telescope or binoculars will greatly enhance your viewing of the sky. When you are using a telescope or pair of binoculars it is important that you keep a steady hand and you remain comfortable. Leaning against a tree or building will steady our hands and keep your arms from fatiguing too easily. Reclining in a lounge chair is also a good way to stay relaxed during your observing session.

The moon is probably the first thing you want to look at. It is best to observe the moon when it is in a quarter stage and not full. When the moon is full there are no shadows on its surface which makes it not as interesting and difficult to discern any real detail. Craters are easy to see when they cast shadows. The closer the moonis to a new moon the longer the shadows and the more interesting its surface will be to look at.

A small telescope will allow you to see the rings of saturn and jupiter will also reveal some of its secrets to you. You may even be able to see Jupiter's moons They will appear as small stars close to its side. Over the course of a few hours you may even notice that they will change position moving closer to it or further from it.

The Milky Way is also a good subject for viewing with a telescope or binoculars. Simply scanning it in different areas will reveal all types of gaseous areas and clusters of stars not visible to the naked eye.

The chapter in this booklet on objects of special interest details how to find three distinctlyl different things: A Galaxy, A Nebula, and a Star Cluster. You can see all three of these things with the naked eye when viewing conditions are good burt using a telescope or binoculars reveals them to be absolute little wonders.

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