|MadSci Network: Astronomy|
i have been interested in astronomy for some time. i have a fairly strong set of binoculars and i love to look at the stars. i recently aquired a telescope and have found looking at the stars very interesting. However, despite having numerous maps and a planisphere i have a lot of trouble locating stars and especially planets. i live in London and as you can imagin the light pollution is very bad. i recognise only one constalation and that is Ursa Major. i believe, in the sky it should be very clear but because of the light pollution you can hardly see it with the nacked eye. lastnight i saw a very bright unflickering body i looked at it through my binoculars and it was distinguishingly large and round. i thought it may have been a planet however it was near Ursa Major so i thought it may have been Polaris. I know that stars flicker and planets dont but i am still unsure. Please tell me how i can be sure about what i'm looking at.
Re: How to recognise the stars
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