Tips and Tricks for
novices - beginners - newbies - astro dummies

(or whatever you want to be called)

I regularly receive questions from people who want to take up amateur astronomy as a hobby, but don't know how or where to start. I will try to give some tips and provide some useful resources for the beginning astronomer. The information is divided into four sections.

1. How to start with the basics of (theoretical) astronomy.
2. How to start with the basics of observing.
3. You want to learn more about astro-equipment.
4. You want to ask a (beginners) question about the basics of astronomy, observing, equipment etc.

Use the navigation bar above to go to the section(s) of your interest.

If you want to know more about a certain book mentioned in one of the sections, just click on the name, and it will take you to Amazon. There you will find more info on the book such as sample pages, book descriptions and reviews etc.

Before you dive into the different pages I would like to give a few general tips for novice astronomers.

Have fun browsing through The Beginner pages!

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