Astronomy Clubs

Astronomy Clubs are voluntary groups of people with a shared interest in astronomy.  Astronomy clubs can be found in almost all major towns and cities across the world.  With the internet, there are numerous groups on social networking sites which work together to further their hobby.

You can join one of these in your town.  It is great to meet and socialise with people who share your interest.

Astronomy Clubs have their calendar of activities.  They also arrange for activities based on special astronomical events like a comet shower or an eclipse.

Setting up your Origami Business

Origami can be more than just a pastime.  There is a great demand for elegant and well made origami products around the world.  Origami can be used to decorate a show case and in interior decorating. 

Origami Wall hangings command good value in the market.

If you are an Origami enthusiast who wants to launch their product, the following steps would be helpful.

Approach Gift Shops and business near your locality

Gift Shops may give you shelf space for your products so that customers may buy them.  Origami can be very appealing gifts.  Business may be in need for gifts to their customers and employees.  

Approach Interior Decoration Companies
Interior Decoration companies are always on the look out for wall hangings and mountings for their projects.  They may be interested in your products.

Get a Website.  
You need a website to showcase your product.  A website also gives you credibility and helps in branding

Get good photographs of your products
Engage a professional photographer specializing in product photography to take pictures of your products. You will need good quality photographs to show your online customers.

Get an online store
An online store helps customer buy your products and pay through paypal or through their credit cards.  Set up an online store on your website or through website like amazon.com or ebay.com

Be more innovative 
Think of new designs and patterns to increase your range and to stay ahead of the competition.

Identifying celestial objects with the naked eye

The first and easiest step into the hobby of Astronomy is to identify the stars with the naked eye. There are many stars which can be identified with the naked eye.

Find a quiet place without any lighting. Look up at the night sky. It may take some time for you to get used to the darkness. The sky may become gradually clearer after a few seconds.

Planets such as Venus and Mars are also visible to the naked eye. Looking up and identifying the easy stars
such as the pole star (Polaris) and constellations such as Orion and the Great Bear can be a good start.

Get Started with Fellow amateur astronomers in your locality.

Get Astronomy Guides which have detailed maps and steps to locate the common stars and planets.

Astronomy Magazines

There are many astronomy magazines.  It is good to subscribe to them.  Astronomy Magazines help you keep abreast of the latest news in the field of Astronomy and new viewing techniques such as new telescopes, popular mobile apps. etc.

There are many magazines which your can subscribe to

We have compiled a list for you

www.astronomy.com

www.astronomynow.com

www.skyandtelescope.com

skynews.ca

Use Mobile Apps

With the advent of the smartphone, astronomy has become easier than ever.  Special software which can be
downloaded to your phone identifies your location through GPS and generates the nightsky for your location for the current date.

Such apps also name the object and makes it easy for the amateur astronomer to identify them.  They also specify objects which can be seen with the naked eye and with binoculars and with the telescopes.

Just point your smartphone at the sky and the app generates the map for you.  Just look-up and try to identify the objects.

Here is a link to the most popular apps


Getting your Sky Chart

A sky chart is a map of the night sky over a period of time.  Most sky maps are dated over months. Astronomical magazines and websites publish maps of the night sky every month.  

Sky charts are different for different places on the earth.  There are charts on the Northern Hemisphere, the 
Southern Hemisphere and the Equatorial Regions.  

Sky charts also list down the different objects which can be seen with the naked eye, with binoculars and with telescopes.  

Skycharts today are available for free download at many internet sites.

Following are some of the sites which publish free monthly sky charts.



Visit a Planetarium

Visiting a Planetarium can be an educational and an enjoyable experience.  As an amateur astronomer, getting to know the motion of the stars and planets will help you track the celestial objects over a time period.

A Planetarium can also help the amateur astronomer understand the location of the stars and planet with respect to other objects in the night sky.

The International Planetarium Society
http://www.ips-planetarium.org