Look I know it's hard to get motivated to go outside in the Winter to look up at the sky.
Do you ever find that you really want to go out, but just can't seem to get motivated when it's
so fricking cold?
No excuse to wimp out any longer, because I am going to share a few Easy Winter stargazing
tricks used by yours truly.
Don't forget some of the best night sky objects are visible during the Winter time. If you try to find them
in the Summer or fall, you might be out of luck.
Here are a few of my own tricks:
Get a dog: When Fido has to go out do his biz, you grab a pair of binoculars,
and you spend a few minutes looking up at the night sky. (note: In my case
I live under dark skies so it's a tad easier, it's a bit tougherdo do in the suburbs, but you can
still see brighter objects like Messier M42 (Orion Nebulae) and M45 (Pleaides).
Locate the position of the Planets for that evening, Use a cell phone app, or a simple
Star & Planet locator. Right now I can see Venus, most evening's when it's clear and
it's become like an "old friend" every time I look at it. (Not much to see, but it's bright
and often mistaken by as a UFO by those who drink to excess.
Pick just one night sky object to observe and spend just 10 minutes just studying that one
object. The benefit to you is that you will slowly see more details from that object over
time as your eyes pay attention to minor details that you may have overlooked previously.
Winter is a great time to observe Planets. Even for just 5 minutes. That includes, Venus,
Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mars and the Moon, (From early evening to early morning).
If you own a larger instrument, then consider
buying a smaller inexpensive scope that can be grabbed and use for a few minutesanddoes not require time to set it up. On mine, I have three eyepieces ready to go on the on the accessory tray, plus a moon filter. (Here are two of my favourites) 1) Meade 102mm refractor or the /Celestron 102 az.
- Don't underestimate the value of observing the Lunar surface, Yes, it's often taken for granted by many amateur
astronomers. That's a huge mistake. Buy a Moon Map, and pick one crater to observe and check it out. Takes
about 10 minutes.
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