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1.1. Hacks 1–10

Getting started in amateur astronomy seems simple enough. Buy a telescope, take it out at night, point it at the sky, and you're good to go. Or are you?

Many thousands of people follow just this route every Christmas, and nearly all of them are disappointed. They overpay for an inferior scope at the mall or a big-box store. Once they get it assembled, they discover they can't figure out how to use it properly. They soon find that being outdoors with a telescope in wintertime gets cold fast, and decide they'd really rather watch television instead.


  

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