Amateur astronomy is a hobby where participants enjoy observing or imaging celestial objects in the sky using the unaided eye , binoculars , or telescopes. Even though scientific research may not be their primary goal, some amateur astronomers make contributions in doing citizen science , such as by monitoring variable stars ,  double stars  sunspots ,  or occultations of stars by the Moon  or asteroids ,  or by discovering transient astronomical events , such as comets ,  galactic novae  or supernovae in other galaxies. Amateur astronomers do not use the field of astronomy as their primary source of income or support, and usually have no professional degree in astrophysics or advanced academic training in the subject. Most amateurs are hobbyists , while others have a high degree of experience in astronomy and may often assist and work alongside professional astronomers.
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Skip to main content. Astronomy Equipment. In Stock. The book is divided into two sections: the first one deals mostly with creating your own remote observatory, while the second is about using big remote telescopes.
Astronomy for Beginners: How to Get Started in Backyard Astronomy
This is the Section of the BAA for advice and discussion on telescopes, mounts, observatories, cameras, pencils, clocks, torches, eyepieces, spectroscopes, computers, wheels, wires, software, clothing The Section has a committee of acknowledged experts on instrumental and practical matters relevant to the amateur astronomer, including telescope-making, optics, automation, remote control, and image acquisition and processing. Our remit is to help all members, whatever their particular interests and level of expertise, from the beginner making their first studies of the sky with binoculars or a very small telescope to those who have better research-level observatories than most universities in their back gardens. Renew your membership. Website designed by Dominic Ford.
A person's first telescope can tilt one's eyes to the sky in a somewhat permanent fashion, if anecdotal evidence has any standing. Over the years many other amateur astronomers have said their interest in the sky can be traced back to receiving their first telescope over the holidays. With Christmas just behind us, perhaps you now fall into this category. If this were the case, you are now at a very important crossroad, one I can help you navigate. While it is true that many have become "hooked" for life by viewing the wonders of the sky through their first telescope , it is also true that many others have had their initial enthusiasm for astronomy severely dampened by their first telescope — especially if the pleasure-to-frustration ratio becomes too low.