How do I start learning astronomy?
- Get comfortable using a star chart.
- Memorize major constellations.
- Learn the major asterisms.
- Learn astronomical distance and coordinate systems.
- Study up on telescope & binocular design.
- Keep a diary.
- Visit your local library.
- Learn & share with other hobbyists.
How do amateurs start astronomy?
- Use the monthly naked-eye star charts in Sky & Telescope magazine.
- Download our free Getting Started in Astronomy flyer (with bimonthly maps)
What is the best book on astronomy for beginners?
- Astronomy: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe by Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan.
- The Astronomy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK.
- The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking.
- The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene.
Can I study astronomy as a hobby? Amateur astronomy is a fascinating hobby and can be an introduction to several practical and useful technologies. Instruments used in ground-based astronomy range from the unaided eye, to common video cameras, to large computer-controlled telescopes using adaptive optics.