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    Default Beginner (a young beginner :D )



    Well to introduce myself, i am 15 and coming from Serbia. I recently watched Interstellar and since then i can't get space out of my head. I really want to get into astronomy. But there is a problem since Serbia isn't the most developed country...I cannot really afford a telescope.. I tried using binoculars but the sky pollution is bad.. I started reading a pretty basic book about space and planets. Im planning on ordering the book "Hyperspace"..
    I also want to start some type of journal about space.. But i don't have any ides what to write about. Should i start saving up for a telescope? How can i deal with the pollution? Well those were my questions and introduction.. Any tips suggestions are welcome!

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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Hi and welcome to the forums!

    A great way to get started is with a set of binoculars.
    They will help you get familiar with the night skies until you can afford a scope!
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    Hello Vexyls! Welcome to the forum!

    You can most certainly keep a journal and write about anything you wish. I keep a log and journal of the things I observe in the night sky, and write a report of each observing session, like this: Telescopiis Quatuor In Nocte

    Yes, start saving up for a telescope, or even a good pair of binoculars. There are many things to explore and see in the night sky even with binoculars.

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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Hi Vexyls, and welcome to the Forum!

    I think the binoculars would be the best to start. They're very portable, so if you travel away from home, they're easy to carry with you to keep up with observing at night.

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    Hello and welcome Vexyls, enjoy going out and learning what you can find.
    A set of binoculars is a great way to start out and will keep you observing for a very long time even long after you get a telescope
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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Welcome to the forum!

    What type/size of binoculars did you try? You might have better luck with a better set of binos. Some decent ones would be a lot cheaper than a scope so, might be easier to save up for. For your journal about space, how about starting with the constellations? Maybe start writing about them and what astronomical objects are located in each. It would definitely prepare you very well for observing.

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    Well i have pretty basic 20x50 binoculars. The thing is i live in a pretty big city (not capital) and i have a problem with light pollution, as of now i can't see any stars..
    Should i go further from city? Would that solve my problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vexyls View Post
    Well i have pretty basic 20x50 binoculars. The thing is i live in a pretty big city (not capital) and i have a problem with light pollution, as of now i can't see any stars..
    Should i go further from city? Would that solve my problem?
    Yes. If you are able to travel to a site that has darker sky, that would help considerably.

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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Quote Originally Posted by Vexyls View Post
    Well i have pretty basic 20x50 binoculars. The thing is i live in a pretty big city (not capital) and i have a problem with light pollution, as of now i can't see any stars..
    Should i go further from city? Would that solve my problem?
    Definitely! Getting away from the light pollution will really help!

    Also, a 20x50 will be tough to use when handheld. You'll experience a lot of shakiness with these. If you have a tripod, a monopod, or even a "Swiffer" style mop handle to rest the binoculars on will help tremendously with mitigating the shakiness.

    A 10x50 size or smaller is much better for hand held use.
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    Default Re: Beginner (a young beginner :D )

    Hi Vexls. It's always exciting to have a new member aboard with us. And, I too recommend the binoculars as a starting point. And, hang on to those binoculars even after you have purchased a telescope later, as they still come in handy. Now, light pollution is something that most all of us have to deal with, so a few trips out to a dark sky site, armed with a planisphere or sky atlas should get you started. I hope this helps Vexls, and a big welcome to the forum.
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