Buying the right telescope can enhance your interest in astronomy.
How many times have I heard of someone being turned off from astronomy because they bought the wrong telescope? The store packaging may look enticing until they open it up and discover that it’s difficult to use or it’s wobbly.
As a rule, buy a telescope that you will use because astronomy is all about observing the night sky.
If you’re thinking about buying a telescope, you should attend Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Telescope Clinic Nov. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Spectator building, 44 Frid St., Hamilton. It’s free and there will be an optional food bank donation.
Learn before you buy about the different types of telescopes, recommendations, what to avoid, and the various equipment and accessories. The club will also have another telescope clinic in the spring to teach you how to use it.
Here are November stargazing events. Most are listed in the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar, which goes on sale shortly.
Mercury becomes visible in the southeast at the end of the month during morning twilight. Venus is also in the southeast during morning twilight. Mars sets in the southwest after sunset. Jupiter rises in the northeast after sunset and visible all night.
Nov. 9 – Hamilton Amateur Astronomers meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m., Spectator building, 44 Frid St., Hamilton. Don Pullen will talk about Amateur Radio Astronomy and how you can get involved. Free admission with door prizes and there will be an optional food bank donation. Everyone is welcome.
Nov. 10 – Just before sunrise there will be a pairing of the crescent moon and Venus, which are the brightest objects in the eastern sky.
Nov. 11 – The crescent moon is near Venus and Spica in the dawn sky.
Nov. 12 – The crescent moon is below Saturn low in the dawn sky.
Nov. 15 – The thin crescent moon is close to Mars low in the evening sky.
Nov. 17 – The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks. The best time to see it is after midnight in the east from a dark location. Expect to see up to 40 meteors per hour. It’s caused by debris from Comet 55P/Temple-Tuttle burning in the atmosphere. Some can be seen Nov. 13 – 20.
Nov. 26-27 – Venus and Saturn are close together in the eastern morning twilight sky.
Nov. 28 – The full moon called the Beaver Moon will be beside Jupiter. The full moon will also be the smallest for 2012 because it occurs when the moon is furthest from the Earth at 406,364 km.
For more information, please see the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers web site at www.amateurastronomy.org or call (905) 627-4323.
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