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Guides to Astronomy


Dr. Carl J. Wenning, an esteemed member of the TCAA, has generously shared these guides to our hobby.

Guide #1 – INTRODUCTION TO AMATEUR ASTRONOMY
This guide addresses the basics that everyone needs to know in order to become an amateur astronomer. It deals with the use of eyes, binoculars, and telescopes to view the night sky. It should not be mistaken for a textbook in astronomy.

Guide #2 – MEMBERSHIP AND BENEFITS
Even long-time members do not knew everything they need to know about membership in this club. Many benefits are overlooked and this publication does what it can to clearly illustrate the benefits of membership.

Guide #3 – ASTRONOMY AS A HOBBY
Why is it that we don’t attract as many amateur astronomers as we would like? Our club has lots of great benefits, and it’s more the just lack of knowledge of benefits. Part of the problem today stems from the fact that many people don’t understand the meaning of a hobby and the benefits derived from it.

Guide #4 – THE ART OF SKY INTERPRETATION
Interpreting the sky requires more than just standing in front of a group of people and talking. If it were that easy, there would be many more speakers in our club! There is an art of sky interpretation, and this guide describes it. Even if one doesn't intend to give public talks, this guide provides a wealth of information about what can be seen in the sky with the unaided eye.

Guide #5 – COORDINATING OBSERVING SESSIONS
While coordinating observing sessions might appear to be an easy task to those who attend them, there is considerable background work associated with both public and members-only sessions. Consider hosting an observing session and use this guide to assist.