Astro Masters: Astronomy For Beginners


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Astro Masters Summary

PART 1

First Steps In Astronomy

Introduction to Astronomy

Understand the Celestial Sphere

How to measure distances in the sky

Naked eye astronomy

Basic equipment

PART 2

Get ready For Stargazing

How to choose a telescope
– Refractors
– Reflectors
– Dobson
– Schmidt-Cassegrain

How to choose and set up your telescope mount
– Dobsonian mount
– Equatorial mount 

Focus on telescope eyepieces

How to choose binoculars for astronomy

How to choose a spotting scope for astronomy

PART 3

The Essentials Of Astronomy

Learn how to use a Star Map

Celestial coordinates (right ascension, declination)

Measure and use magnitudes

Your first night of stargazing
– How to observe the Moon
– How to observe the Milky Way
– How to observe galaxies

How to deal with light pollution

Daylight astronomy

How to observe the Sun

PART 4

Star Maps Of The Year

12 star maps with illustrated highlights of the month!

PART 5

Start A Space Safari!

How to see planets
– Mercury
– Venus
– Mars
– Jupiter
– Saturn
– Uranus
– Neptune

How to observe stars
– Double stars
– Variable stars

How to observe the galilean moons

How to observe meteor showers (shooting stars)

How to find constellations

How to use the Big Dipper in Astronomy

How to see a supernova

PART 6

Want More Astronomy?

Join a citizen science project

Control a remote telescope

How to begin in astrophotography

Join an astronomy club

Keep an astronomy log book

Amateur astronomy

Best astronomy apps

PART 7

Resources

Astronomy FAQ / Q&A

Astronomy terms explained

Directory of astronomy clubs in the U.S.A.

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Images credits : NASA/ESO/Vadim Sadovski