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  Observer Observer: Astronomy: Observer - Sky-RECORDING THE SKY

RECORDING THE SKY

Some amateur astronomers specialize in particular kinds of observations: perhaps mapping storm features on Jupiter, tracking down an asteroid, or estimating the brightness of a variable star. Submitting formal reports of these observations to (organizations can provide a great sense of accomplishment.

 
 
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  Observer Observer: Astronomy: Observer - Site-CHOOSING A SITE

CHOOSING A SITE

Your observing site will have a greater effect on your sky-watching than any piece of equipment. Of course, a dark site far from city lights is ideal, but few of us have that luxury. City-bound observers may not be able to find faint galaxies, but the Moon and planets can still look splendid.

 
 
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  Observer Observer: Astronomy: Observer - GOOD SEEING

GOOD SEEING

Memorable nights of viewing can, however, come with many kinds of weather. For the Moon and planets, humid nights with stagnant haze or fog can actually bring the sharpest views. Even though little else is visible in the sky, planet disks appear rock steady, revealing astonishing detail.

 
 
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  Observer Observer: Astronomy: Observer - CLEAR SKIES

CLEAR SKIES

Amateur astronomers are also weather-watchers, paying close attention to daytime cloud patterns and TV weather maps. They soon learn that a summer sky filled with puffy cumulus clouds during the day often heralds a clear night sky.

 
 
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  Observer Observer: Astronomy: Observer - BECOMING A BETTER OBSERVER

BECOMING A BETTER OBSERVER

Skywatchers can spend a fortune on elaborate equipment, but the sky comes free of charge.

 
 
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