I found my way to this thread via the really excellent review of 80mm refractors posted by the author. I am one of those “re-kindling a boyhood interest” types. With slightly deeper adult-sized pockets I have plunged in, acquiring scopes and goto mounts and apps and even a nebulae filter.
But as my wife and I prepare to head to the dark sky location of Big Bend National Park for a stargazing quarantine, I am reminded that my best astronomical tool may be the physical planisphere and the binoculars that god gave me. And maybe a comfy chair that I can lay back in .
You can read more about my journey here. As you’ll see, my beginner’s imagination is struggling to help me “see” the objects of the night sky for the majesty and wonder that they are. I wonder out loud if the big pull to astrophotography, or at least EAA, isn’t driven in part by a collective —I hesitate to use the word lazy, but perhaps—impatience with the process of teaching the mind how to interpret visual observation.
As you can see in my Second Light post, I have purchased several books to help me to slow down and train my mind. I am wondering whether Patrick Moore’s book should be among them. Or have I identified the modern equivalent. In the book Stars, for example, they supplement a discussion of the various stars in each constellation with a diagram that shows their distance from one-another, and their spatial relationship to our solar system. Initially I was drawn to exploring the night sky purely along these spatial lines. But while I still see the value in that approach, threads like this one also convince me of the merit of comprehending the patterns of Earth’s night sky.
So, thank you.
Edited by Escape Pod, 20 November 2020 - 10:15 AM.