Hi I have had a casual interest in astronomy for a while, watching astronomy programmes when they were on tv, falling in love just a little bit with Brian Cox, getting excited about eclipses etc. At the museum on Sunday I was delighted to find that there was an Irish Astronomical Association, I'd never even considered astronomy as a hobby. After talking to Terry Moseley, my interest was certainly piqued, and I've got a babysitter sorted in order to come to Wednesday night's lecture. However, as someone who has only ever watched the odd documentary, I feel my knowledge is severely lacking. Google brings up many, many hits for 'astronomy for beginners.' Can anyone recommend a good starting place? Thanks, Theresa.
Thank you ever so much for your reply. I'd love to come to the observing session, but I doubt I'll have a babysitter for this weekend.
I'm not really sure what I want to see, I'll need to read up and see what's out there, but the moon seems like a good start. I don't plan on buying a telescope just yet as I'm sure they're £££ and I'd like to make sure it's an interest I can sustain first.
I've just bought Stargazing for Dummies, and I've the other one in my basket for when I've finished reading the first one. I've sent a request to join the FB group too.
astrom32, I've been looking at binoculars on Ebay, there are some pretty cheap ones, will they do the job as well as the dearer ones?
I have the feeling this could be a lifetime hobby for me, the more I read, and the more photos I look at, the more I want to read and look. I'm in awe of the magnitude of the universe, so the moon sounds like a good place to start.
Hi Colin, I have managed to persuade my mum to take them for me, so if it's still on I'll be there! I'm ridiculously excited I doubt I'll be able to stay awake till 3am, never mind drive home afterwards, but I'll give it a go.