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A quick and dirty guide to backyard astronomy

Elizabeth Fish | April 1, 2013
You might be put off by the cost of telescopes, or the amount of research you have to do to navigate the sky. But astronomy for beginners doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. We'll show you how to get started, and share some apps and gadgets that might be useful.

Better still, you'll get a chance to try out a variety of different telescopes, which is great if you're thinking of buying your own. Many clubs operate out of observatories with access to observatory-size telescopes for you to try. Organizers will be happy to show you how to use the telescope, its equipment, and the observatory properly.

To find your local club and its website, take a look at NASA's handy map.


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