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Decalogue
2003-May-15, 02:00 AM
im new here and well im 15 and just getting in astronomy i have the book bad astronomy and want to really get into astronomy. only problem is i really dont know THAT much about astronomy :oops: but hopefully one day ill be better than all of you! :lol:

Pinemarten
2003-May-15, 02:04 AM
Welcome to the board.

I remember finding a few when I was searching for something else.
Try tucows or download.com. I think I found them in the science or educational programs.

Decalogue
2003-May-15, 02:05 AM
why thank you
Do you know the exact name of the program?

dgruss23
2003-May-15, 02:05 AM
Welcome Decalogue!

A good place to start is to pick up a copy of Sky&Telescope or Astronomy magazine. They have monthly sky charts that can help you learn the constellations - as well as lots of other great tips. You can also print out a copy of the sky each month from the Orion Telescope website:

http://www.telescope.com/content/inthesky/content6main.jsp?chart=true

Good luck! Whenever you have a question just ask. You'll find lots of help here.

kilopi
2003-May-15, 02:50 AM
I am not an employee or owner (in fact, I think that there is only one guy) but I have used demo versions of SkyMap (http://www.skymap.com), and the website has had download versions in the past. Pretty good.

Fourmilab (http://www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky/) has an onliine service that's OK, too.

David Hall
2003-May-15, 07:57 PM
Here ya go. A boatload of planetarium software. Try a few and see which ones work best for you.

http://www.seds.org/billa/astrosoftware.html

But the best thing to do as a beginner is just to get a few good sky maps, a red flashlight, and a dark viewing site. Binoculars don't hurt either, but aren't strictly necessary. Familiarize yourself with the sky first. The rest will follow.