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Backyard astronomy

Stargaze with the right equipment

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Backyard astronomy is a hobby that's fun for the whole family and uniquely suited to the needs of rural residents. Since you don't have to deal with tall buildings and the glare of city lights, you probably have a great view of the stars from your own backyard! Using a pair of 7x50 or 10x50 binoculars is an easy way to begin spotting interesting things in the sky. Once you're ready to take things to the next level, check out astronomy Web sites and magazines for reviews of the latest telescopes and calendars showing the dates of upcoming comets and meteor showers.

Radio Interview Source: Paul Mortfield, Backyard Astronomer

For additional information about backyard astronomy, we recommend these helpful Web sites:

Stargazing: Advice for beginning astronomers.

Backyard Astronomer: Paul Mortfield's tips on getting started with this fun and exciting hobby.

Ask an Astronomer: A collection fun astronomy facts you can share with your children.

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