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    Hi i like astronomy but haven't followed it for a while, I have stellarium on my computer, should i vlearn the constellations and messier objects by finding them using stellarium. I don't own a telescope anymore.

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    When I got started a few years back, I bought a good pair of 10×50 binoculars. Using these in conjunction with Stellarium on my laptop, I learned my way around the sky well enough. I even located 46 Messier objects during that summer.

    That experience and knowledge has stuck with as I acquired my scopes.

    And on cloudy nights, Stellarium on the computer makes for a wonderful guide and a great roadmap to learn the sky. So a good plan, I say.

    I also recommend adding a pair of binoculars to the mix. You will have a blast with them, and be amazed at what these can show you.
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    Great advice from Bryan! And if/when you do get a scope you will be miles ahead in locating objects and appreciating the night sky!!

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    You do not need a telescope to enjoy the night skies, all that you need, you already have. But now I have to say BINOCULARS, BINOCULARS, BINOCULARS!!!

    I own many scopes, but the VAST majority of my observing is done with binoculars and most things can be observed very well with them.

    Stellarium is a great tool that I highly recommend using.
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    Also vote for a pair of binoculars and stellarium. A great combination.
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    Binoculars, YES!
    Stellarium, YES!
    Binoculars, YES!...
    I have had great fun with even my diminutive 8x43 biniculars.

    Another app I use with great success on my cell phone (I do not have a laptop) is SkySifari. It enables my to identify many serendipitous observations while in the field. And when I have no cell phone I use paper charts. I recommend a good set of Paper charts as well.

    With the resources you already have you really ARE set. But you DO need some binoculars st least. :-)

    You ask if you should "learn" the constilations, and messier's and such by "finding them with stellarium". According to my understand of your question my opinion on that is as follows

    If you are familiar with celestial navigation then with stellarium you can build a list and work your observing plans, starhopping to each target. If this is the case don't bother reading any further. :-)

    On the other hand if you are unfamiliar with celestial navigation, as I was, you may get frustrated with that. I did. I quickly learned to "starhop" but in the beginning I would just go out and wander around with both eyes till I stumble on something I found interesting, then I'd go to the program or star charts and backward engineer to identify what you had seen. Thats hillbilly astronomy. :-)

    I learned the sky that way by hook and by crook. As I learned, the stellarium or skysafari programs became more and more useful. But in the beginning these programs baffled me. The other simple tool I used in the beginning, and still use, is a planisphere.

    I may have misunderstood the nature of your question. If that is so, please forgive my long winded answer here.
    And clear skies to you.

    I almost forgot.
    If you do need help learning celestial navigation, etc. there are wonderful online courses and many are free. I think there is even a group in this forum specifically addressing online astronomy courses.
    Clear skies to you.
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