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    Hi im Ashley, I'm 41 from North Wales. I like astronomy but I find using a telescope and binoculars difficult as I'm disabled and have limited movement , there's also too much light pollution and cloudy skies where i live. I like reading astronomy books and I know a little of what's up in the night sky. I'm not really interested in using optics to stargaze, im happy just using my eyes. I'm always at my computer at home being online, is there something i could do in the world of astronomy via the computer? Can i use a planetarium to stargaze instead of going out to stargaze and learn the constellations while using the planetarium?
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    Hi and welcome to the forums!
    Yes absolutely there is!

    Try Stellarium, it's free and will mimic your night skies, remember to input your location and time.
    If you don't mind paying for a app you can get SkySafari for your IOS or Andriod device, it is one of the best in my opinion.

    SkySafari

    Stellarium.
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    Some people don't understand why I love astronomy so much! I cannot understand why they don't!

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    Cartes du Ciel is another good free program as well as Calsky.
    Enjoy the skies
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    Give NASA Eyes a try
    https://eyes.nasa.gov/
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    You may be interested in a citizen scientist project at Zooniverse:

    https://www.zooniverse.org/projects?...=1&status=live

    There are several astronomy related, and you can contribute real data to scientists.
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