To answer your question on the other thread... yes, recognizing some constellations would be a good start. You might try looking for Scorpius in the due south after it gets dark. Really does look like a scorpion, unlike many constellations which are hard to imagine. Just behind the tail are some bright star clusters. Behind the scorpion is Sagittarius, which looks like a teapot. Many interesting deep sky objects in that area, which is near the center of our galaxy.

There is no particular way that is best... with experience you'll find out what works for you.