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    Hello. A big welcome to the forum. Enjoy. Clear skies.
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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Welcome to the forum!

    If you are in the middle of big city and can't even see bright stars then it will be difficult to observe even with telescope.

    If you can get away from the city to get to the darker sky 15x20 binoculars will show you a lot. But do it safely!
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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    I would recommend 3 things.

    1. A book on what to look for, like Turn Left At Orion (buy used) or
    Turn Left At Orion | Cambridge University Press

    2. Stellarium (free software on a computer). This lets you plan on
    what to see and how to find it.

    3. A tripod/monopod combo (cheap ones as low as $30-$40). Bigger binos are hard to hold steady.
    A monopod will steady it enough to watch, and still let you pan easily.
    Otherwise try the broom/mop solution.

    If you cannot get out of the city, try to find a building with an accesible roof/balcony which is above
    the street light level.

    Good luck !
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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Maybe not a bad idea to start with easy naked eye objects and learn the orientation of earth vs objects and how it all moves?

    - follow and log the movement of the moon and it's cycles to understand how earth rotates and how the moon spins around the earth.
    - follow and log the movement and position of the sun to understand earth's rotation around the sun, plus the tilt in earth's axis and how it effects seasons throughout the year.
    -follow and log constellations throughout the year to understand orientation of our planet and our journey around the sun.
    -follow and log the easy visible planets between earth and sun to understand earth's position in relation to the sun and those planets (Venus and Mercury)
    - follow and Log the outer planets' movement and position throughout the year.

    - LEARN how the earth rotates and moves and it's orientation with regard to Solar system objects and constellations. Learn How latitude and Longitude works and where the polar axis runs!

    You are still very young and key to remember that you have PLENTY of time to observe and learn. The heavenly objects will not go away. Very basic observations with only pen and paper and perhaps a compass, protractor and spirit level could account for some great projects!
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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    A book I usually recommend is: "The Stars, A New Way To See Them" by H.A.Rey.

    Inexpensively available on Amazon.

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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Welcome! I started in astronomy by using a pair of binoculars as well. You may find enjoyment in investing in a sketch pad and pencil to draw some of the constellations and stars you observe. You may find you enjoy looking back on your sketches as you get older and more advanced in the hobby.
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    Thanks everyone for the amazing tips, i know a pretty tall building with accesible roof! As for the books, i am looking for something simple (at least for the beggining) As for the lights i can only see 10-15 stars at most. How should i keep my diary? What else should i write and draw besides constellations? Also i saw a 10x50 Bushnell Falcon Binoculars. Are they good for for night time observation? And final question

    How much could i see with binoculars?

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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Quote Originally Posted by Vexyls View Post
    As for the books, i am looking for something simple (at least for the beggining)
    As for the books, I think the most "simple" would be "The Stars, A New Way To See Them" by H.A.Rey."

    You will be surprised at how much you will see with your binoculars. Their light gathering power is so much more than your naked eye that you will see a lot. Given the light pollution, you will be able to see planets and the moon, but if you can achieve some darkness, you should be able to see many of the "faint fuzzies" that folks here talk about.

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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Hi Vexyls, welcome! I too know about light pollution. Even a non-lit park would be of help, has worked for me. As suggested, maybe a better set of bino's... Could you let us all know what your equipment is?

    All the best,

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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Hi there, Welcome to the forums!
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