The other disappointment was that I saw nothing .... out of the ordinary. Everything I saw was essentially a white dot of varying degree in the sky. Nothing I could say was anything other than a star aside from the obvious Moon and the possible satellites/planes.
Yep. I don't know about everybody else but my first 10 or so attempts were similarly confusing and frustrating. If I was less hard headed I'd have likely poo-pooed the whole concept and taken up another hobby, saying amateur astronomy had more in common with astrology than science.
But I kept looking and reading (this was well before discovering Cloudy Nights) and seeing better and then one night I started spotting objects and here we are today where extragalactic objects are familiar and the moon is a source of infinite detail and shading. So I think the key is to keep looking. And keep researching. And pretty soon something will pop in the field you're observing and you'll be off and running.
Try the belt of Orion area, for instance. Nothing but three aligned, evenly spaced stars until you drill down a bit and maybe see that 2 of 'em are doubles and isn't that big S-shaped formation winding between and perpendicular to the 2 right hand stars pretty and do I see shading around some of the left hand stars and is that a triple star just below and inside that left end star... or is it FOUR stars..? All of a sudden those three simple stars have a lot going on and become fascinating. Hang in there. You'll see.
Edited by havasman, 15 February 2020 - 11:30 AM.