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    Hello!
    I've been into astronomy for a couple of years now and through my experience online I've noticed how local astronomy clubs actually help nurture and teach you so much more than going solo.
    People talk about how they make new acquaintances, test new products, get a first hand idea of how expensive equipment work, etc.
    There aren't any astronomy clubs in my city which are knee deep in star parties or meetings. The number of hobby astronomers is very very low in India and thus I have no way to see other telescopes and see how they work firsthand. Now whenever I want to buy new equipment, Its just me extensively using google to imagine how the equipment will work.

    My question is, how much has your local astronomy club helped you and how could I substitute the same?
    Like when it comes to selecting a new telescope, or an eyepiece; how can I choose properly without getting to actually try one and get firsthand data? My city does not have any telescope dealer neither and Mumbai (the closest large city to my town) houses only small dealers with very very limited stock and rather reluctant staff.


    Any input you may have will be highly appreciated! The online community is all I have
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    You do have a astronomy club nearby, if fact the largest in the world. You are a member of it. Welcome to the best club in all the world. We are here to answer questions and give as well receive knowledge. I know that it is not like walking up and seeing the scopes as well as putting your hands on them. All questions are welcome. So thanks for coming in and joining us.
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    Default Re: Astronomy clubs

    We recently went to a local club's public Star Watch. We are very new to this hobby and the club members went out of their way to make us feel welcome and helped us to find objects to view. They allowed us to try their scopes and took time to gaze through ours.

    My son and I are joining the club the next time they meet.

    We have also learned much from this forum, the members here are friendly and knowledgeable.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is, being a part of this awesome forum and joining the local club are both important to us.

    Maybe you should consider trying to get a local club going in your area.

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