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Top Five Tips To Begin Stargazing As A Hobby

By Glen Lowe

In an era when life is evolving, we have become captives of our cell phones. Hooked to the device from day to night, we have forgotten the importance of establishing a connection with nature. Smartphones, smart cards, smart boards, when technology is becoming smarter day by day, are we getting depressed and anxious?

Due to a rapid lifestyle, staying on a grid 24/7 has let us lose ties with nature. Much research has proven the positive impacts of nature on physiological and emotional health. Viewing nature produces a cascade of calming emotions within the nervous system. It helps us cultivate greater resilience, creativity, and generosity.

Exposure to nature soothens our souls, smoothens our lives, and helps us cope up. Did you know in a study it was reported looking at natural beauty helps reduce stress, recovery from illness, and increases better physical health? Not only this, it improves mood and general well-being.

A walk in a park or site seeing the beach, anything that doesn't involve worldly affairs comes under nature. As the world progresses, getting ourselves to explore these activities seems impossible. In today's culture, things like this don't exist.

We have now realized the connection with nature. But what should you do? How about you go stargazing this weekend? If you live in a city, take a trip to a park and look up. But, it's even better if you can travel to the countryside.

In recent scientific research, it was seen that the people who stargazed had more positive moods, less stress, and good mental health. Stargazing is known as a new form of medication or therapy. It helps people cope up with stress and find mental silence.

Benefits of stargazing

  • Stargazing relieve stress
  • It makes you kinder
  • It will provide you a sense of peace and distract you from your thoughts.
  • It boosts your creativity.

Top Five Tips To Begin Stargazing As A Hobby

Because you are here reading this blog, we assume you are one of those people who like to look at the proper picture, the kind of person who reads between those lines, or people who enjoy being outside at night. If that's you, and if you are a beginner, here is what you must know.

Following are a few tips and tricks that will be helpful to make the most of your stargazing session.

We understand stargazing can sound fancy and expensive. But, this isn't the case. A huge misconception is why most people don't consider stargazing as a hobby because they think having solid CCD cameras or telescopes is necessary. Well, the good news is, this is all false! You don't need to invest in anything other than your time. You need to take out a couple of hours and step outside and lookup.

Without further ado, let us have a look at the top five tips and tricks that helps in a stargazing session.

#1. Be prepared

Before going outside, check the forecast and see the weather updates. You might need to take a jacket, scarf, or a pair of thick socks as it might get cold at night.

#2.Plan ahead of your observing site

Planning saves your time. It is always a good idea to Google the best spots within your locality for stargazing. Moreover, Stargazing sessions wouldn't be possible from your home or your backyard garden. Street lights and buildings will cause a hindrance in your view.

You need to step out of your zone and seek a peaceful place.

#3.The right supplies

Take a notebook to jot down your quotes, install a stargazing application on your phone and take a filtered touch – it’s also advisable to use a star finder. A hard copy of the star chart collection will be helpful as it's easier to spot faraway planets and star clusters—a pair of binoculars. And a chair or a blanket. Also, keep some snacks with you.

#4.Dark adaption

An interesting trick to a perfect stargazing session is to use dark adaption. This process takes about half an hour. Astronomers recommend it. You just need to follow the instructions below.

  • Once you are on your observing site, lay down or sit back on the chair.
  • Keep your eyes closed and take a deep breath.
  • Once your eyes are relaxed, open them.
  • The reduced light levels cause the pupils to release chemicals that enhance their sensitivity.
  • You will be amazed to look at how many stars there are.
Also, here's a quick tip, please put your phone on silent and lower the brightness. It's best if you keep your smartphone away when stargazing.

#5. Use a chart

It's fair to say smartphones or technology shouldn't be your companion during the stargazing sessions. Although the internet is excellent, going old school is better for a change. Use a chart and notice the pattern amongst the sky. Learn constellations and patterns built outward. It's interesting how stars change their color when their temperature changes. Observe the different colors of the stars. How many stars are white? Also, learn about the different phases of the moon. Note down which phase it is today.

Look Up

Can't wait to get started? Well, there is no need to spend a fortune to enjoy stargazing sessions as a hobby. The main thing is to find a clear night sky and a peaceful environment. One of the appealing things is after a couple of stargazing sessions. You realize you have found a faithful friend; the sky itself. The atmosphere is a lifelong friend that stays by your side to listen to your heart every night. It changes in subtle ways from day to day, waiting for you to reach out and acknowledge it.

Now, you can't learn about a friend in a day. It takes time, so will the sky. Watch the sky and stargaze.

Bundle up warmly and sit comfortably. Let your eyelids rest for a while. With that being said, the best time to stargaze is when there's no moon in the sky. This phase is called the new moon. As the moon reflects a lot of light, it gets harder to find stars easily.

Go out and have fun!

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