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Will's star gazing guide part 2

Star GazinTips on what to look for -

In part one of my article on star gazing I gave you some tips on how to have an enjoyable session under a dark night sky. And in this part I will show you some of the specific (and beautiful) things that you can find and enjoy.


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The Constellations -

First let's take a look at some of the easier and more readily recognized constellations. I have broken this down by season for you but first let's take a look at the popular and easy constella tions around the north pole. There are also some other beautiful things you can find in this area of the sky.

Note: This part of the tutorial is incomplete. Will is working on it right now!



The Polar Constellations

If you are very new to star gazing a good place to start your adventure would be with the stars and constelations around the north star. These are called the polar constellations and they are easy to find. And some of them are very bright.

Let's focus on three of the polar constellations. They are Cassiopei, The Big Dipper and the little dipper. And remember the night sky revolves so they probably wont be in the orientation you see here. They are probably rotated.





Tips and ideas

  • Identifying constellations
  • Planets
  • Comets
  • Meteor showers
  • The Messier objects that are easy
  • Star Clusters
  • The moon and its phases
  • Double Stars
  • Identifying some of the named stars



Constellations - Identifying them serves two purposes. It is fun within itself, and fun to learn the story/names of them. But they also serve as identifying points so you can find other things.

Planets -can be surprisingly beautiful and easy to find. Touch on the things you can also see with a small telescope like jovian satellites, rings of saturn and the colors of them.

Comets -rare event but does happen

Meteor showers - Give the list of them and which ones are the best

Messier objects - There are a series of objects visible with the naked eye. Then there are others. that are very good with just a small telescope or binoculars.

Star Clusters - Can be very tight like M13 or loose like the Pleiades, or beehive cluster.

The Moon - phases, craters, seas, other identifying features

Double stars - can be fun, particulary when there is a color differential

Named Stars - The brighter stars have names. Identifying them can also be fun.