Navigating the Rotating Spherical Sky
The new amateur astronomer doesn’t need to use detailed star charts and “star-hop” his or her way around the sky any more. The ability to recognize a dozen stars and the funds to purchase a modern “Go To” telescope is probably enough to get you to any object above the horizon (trees permitting). However, a basic understanding of just what we are seeing when we walk outside is of fundamental importance, whether you’re using a high-tech scope or a Dobsonian. So before we come to the high-tech toys of the next chapter, let’s have a quick grounding in what the night sky is all about.
KeywordsPolar Axis Bright Star Rotating Spherical Amateur Astronomer Celestial Equator
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