Amateur Astronomy - Getting started

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 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.