Spotting comets may be one of the best ways to help you learn to find objects in the sky, even if you use a beginner telescope. Learning how to track comets will help you practice skills that will elevate you from amateur astronomy to experienced sky gazing, with new skills you ll learn along the way.

Spotting comets may be one of the best ways to help you learn to find objects in the sky, even if you use a beginner telescope. Learning how to track comets will help you practice skills that will elevate you from amateur astronomy to experienced sky gazing, with new skills you ll learn along the way.

There are new comets being discovered all the time, and certain times of the night they will be visible with your telescope, if you know where to point it and when the comet will be showing. Utilizing the internet and the astronomy community will help you figure out what comets are visible during what times of the night.

There is one site in particular, cometchasing.skyhound.com, that lists not only the dates and times that comets will be visible, but also what aperture your telescope will need if you want to look at certain comets. Some are visible to the naked eye and are even more interesting to look at under a telescope s vision, but others will need a telescope advanced enough to spot them.

Familiarizing yourself with the best ways to use your telescope to view comets is just as important as knowing what comets are out there. Pointing your telescope directly at certain objects might yield good results, but averted vision, which is when you point your telescope so that the comet is slightly along the sidelines of the telescope s vision, will give you a clearer picture of the comet.

Weather and light will also affect how well you can see comets. A clear, cloudless sky is the best possible circumstance for viewing comets and almost anything else, but light can be a little more complicated. Telescopes are certainly portable and easy to store, but if you live in an urban location and do not have the time to make an excursion to a place with less light, you might have some trouble seeing comets. Light pollution is probably one of the wrenches most likely to get thrown into your plans, so be careful and choose a spot where you think you ll have the best light quality.

Even with all the computerized technology available for telescopes, understanding latitude and longitude, and how to determine them, will help you immensely when you try to view comets. There are certain points at which comets will be far more visible than others, and some of the best spots may be near you. If you don t own a computerized telescope, then determining longitude and latitude will be an even better skill to have under your belt.

Comets are fascinating to look at, and rare for a lot of people. Following them and figuring out how to spot them will open your eyes to new ways of using your telescope to see more in the sky.. Learning how to time and position your telescope for comets might intimidate you at first, but set the bar high and you ll find some pretty fascinating things flying through the sky.

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