Looking up into the night sky is our oldest recorded hobby. Thousands of years ago, people around the globe began recording their star gazing experiences. Many of these early journals are now found in museums, in caves or in protected wild places. Today, what I find most fascinating when I look up is the wide variety of objects in the night sky and realizing that they’ve been there for a very long time. Here are a few simple tips and techniques to use when star gazing. Use them and you too will enjoy the views right outside your door.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to put yourself in the best possible viewing position. This can be very difficult if you’re in a metropolitan area, such as Phoenix, where our man made lights obscure the natural ones. You should be able to find suitable sites for night viewing within 30 minutes of most cities. A good way to learn about viewing places in your area is to contact a local astronomy club and you can learn about these clubs at email@example.com