Astronomy & Stargazing
For many years I have been an amateur astronomer
interested in the heavens and enjoy star-gazing,
observing the constellations, and even dabbled
in a little bit of astrology for fun too.
Recently I purchased a decent quality telescope, and have built a web site dedicated to it:-
Orion Skyquest XT10i Dobsonian Telescope Reviews
The Orion XT10 telescope is a Newtonian Reflector, with a computer database which enables you to point the scope directly at stars and planets. It is called the Orion Skyquest IntelliScope Computer Object Locator.
of the simple pleasures you can enjoy is going
out into your garden at night with a set
of binoculars and just sitting back on a reclining chair, letting
your eyes adjust to the darkness.
You do not need a big expensive telescope to
be able to enjoy the heavens.
the stars become brighter and after about 5-10
minutes you are able to see so much more than
when you first came out.
When you first look up, everything looks static
and lifeless, but you will be surprised how much
activity you can see.
keep your eyes gazing up, and within the space
of 10-30 minutes you
can almost be guaranteed to see communications
and weather satellites. They are easy to
the motionless background
You will see a tiny pinprick of light, which
will probably appear to be flickering as it revolves
reflecting the sunlight as it moves across the
night sky, until it passes into the
shadow of the earth and vanishes from sight.
Meteorite showers are quite
common in the summer, and again are quite fascinating
amazes me is the incredible speed of
a meteorite as it enters the earths atmosphere.
just look upward and not focus on any particular
part of the sky, just try to take in the whole
field of view. Be patient, and after a
while very suddenly you will see a bright point
light shoot incredibly
a section of the sky.
It burns up and is gone
within a half of a second! And yet it traversed
maybe 30 degrees of sky - Amazing!
If you are watching
with someone else you both have to see it
at exactly the same time, because it is gone too
quickly to be able to point it out to each
Those hunks of rock have travelled millions
of miles across the infinite boundaries of
who knows from where they came. And you were
probably the only person to have just
witnessed its final dying moments, as our protective
cushioning atmosphere saved earth from the
meteor's destructive mass, and it exhausted
its kinetic energy in a fiery display, which
for a brief moment looks more like a white
laser beam has scratched the black sky.
||If you would like to explore the heavens
and get a more intimate knowledge of the
planets, our solar system, the moon, constellations,
and galaxies and be able to track man-made
satellites too, I highly recommend the software
It is probably the best and most realistic
astronomy software you can find, and it has
an excellent range of astronomy
software products for junior astronomers,
astronomy software that integrates with telescope
tracking modules. Prices range from just
$25 to about $250. It is incredibly easy
and fun to use, and allows you to explore
deep space and travel through time, view
distant galaxies or close ups of the moon,
and naturally it shows in real-time the current
positions of the objects in the sky so you
can look them up on your computer, then go
outside and view them with your eyes, binoculars