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Choosing Your First Telescope

Choosing a telescope can be a daunting task for a budding amateur astronomer. There are so many designs available across such a large spectrum of cost and quality that even experienced amateur astronomers feel bewildered sometimes. This article attempts to give an overall description of the telescopes and main accessories available in the hobby today, and also some very general advice on choosing a telescope. 

 

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6 Benefits of doing Amateur Astronomy in the Caribbean

Astronomy is usually seen as the domain of the developed world. However, many people would be surprised to know that, for the purposes of amateur astronomy, the Caribbean region has several distinct advantages over Europe and North America. In fact, noted astrophotographer Damian Peach has said that “The Caribbean is probably the finest site at sea level I have ever observed from with regard to the Astronomical seeing conditions, and Iʼve been able to obtain many very detailed images of the Planets that otherwise would not have been possible.”

 

In this article, I would like to outline 6 benefits that amateur astronomers in the Caribbean enjoy, on average, in comparison to their counterparts in North America and Europe.

 

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Life in the Universe
Before we discuss the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe, we should first define what is meant by life, and see how it may have arisen here on earth.
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Astronomy in Islam

“We have not created the heaven and the earth and all that is between them in mere idle play. None of this have We created without an inner truth: but most of them understand it not.” (44: 38-39)

 

“In the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and day, and the ships which sail the seas to people's benefit, and the water which Allah sends down from the sky -- by which He brings the earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every kind -- and the varying direction of the winds, and the clouds subservient between heaven and earth, there are signs for people who use their intellect.” (2:164)

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Astronomy in Schools
The following is a draft resolution on why Astronomy should be taught in schools put forward for comment by the International Astronomical Union:
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