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    Default Getting startd



    I have a questions. As a newbie,is using an app for learning the sky good,bad or just st a different way?

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    Default Re: Getting startd

    Hi Benny! Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining us!

    Nothing wrong with using an app to learn the sky! I started out using Stellarium on my PC and learned the sky fairly well, and I am still learning the sky.

    I was able to easily correlate what I'd become familiar with in the software with the actual night sky well enough. Use the app and enjoy.

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    Default Re: Getting startd

    Welcome to a great forum! There are apps for phones and PC's. As Bryan stated, Stellarium is well regarded and I use it all the time for object selection in AP.
    Last night I did an outreach program for kids at our local 4H. Everyone got a kick from seeing me select an object in Stellarium on my laptop and then watch the scope automatically slew to that object.
    Many kids also had star apps, on their phones and used them to identify and ask questions.

    Personally, I have a few in my tablet and I use SkyEye on my Android.

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    Default Re: Getting startd

    Hello Benny.
    Welcome to this fine forum.
    Clear skies.
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    Default Re: Getting startd

    I started off 45 years ago using one of the very first apps- A PLANISPHERE!
    Doesn't need batteries, works on no bars on reception antenna, doesn't ruin your dark adaption, screen won't crack and at most will cost you $20 with no further charges.
    It's all I will ever need, (and binos)
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    Default Re: Getting startd

    Welcome to the forum and the hobby, Benny.

    In addition to Bryan's Stellarium recommendation above, let me put you on a couple of things regarding the observing conditions on a given night... Seeing and Transparency.

    Do a Google search of "Seeing and Transparency" and you'll find several articles regarding these two critical parts of the observation process. Here's one:

    https://www.astroleague.org/content/...sparency-guide

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    Default Re: Getting startd

    I use star walk2, sky map, and startracker on my phone.
    They use the phone's gyroscope and location to show what is in the sky. You can also move it around manually.

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    Default Re: Getting startd

    Hi Benny and welcome to our fantastic forum. You've already received some good tips but I'll give you mine anyway. A planisphere as recommended by goldstar and Stellarium, both the PC and mobile versions. Latch onto an obvious object like Sirius to orientate yourself and take it from there.

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