Just Looking
by Charlie Williams

For anyone who has dared to look up and wonder at the splendor of a starry sky, the appeal of astronomy may be beckoning. Submit to it in the slightest and you may be hooked.

Once you do, the universe, and your place in it, will never look the same. And the more you learn, the more the picture changes. Astronomy is a hobby that allows you to pace yourself, so take heart. You can go as slowly or as quickly as you like. The universe is a patient place. One that doesnít mind waiting while you take the first steps toward understanding.

The Milky Way in all itís glory, shows itself best to the naked eye. To experience the full impact of a meteor shower, the best optics in town are still two eyeballs.

Through a pair of binoculars, hundreds of stars are suddenly where only darkness was a moment ago. And it gets better. The bigger the telescope, the more light it gathers, allowing you to see even deeper into space.

Astronomy is truly an enjoyable hobby. Itís a backyard event, or a trek to a dark sky site for an extended stay. Itís for a long quiet hours alone, or gathering with family and friends. So go ahead and take a look. You have nothing to lose, and literally a universe to gain...Bill

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