is astronomy difficult to learn and time consuming?

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Canopus Lim
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"its difficult......to beat the clouds"

That is why it trains patience and not to have too high expectations! :P
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Re: whats your motivation behind astronomy??

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huang_qingyuan wrote:often wonder why ppl take up astronomy..
whats yours??
I think its more than just appreciating the beauty of the night sky.
i think it has more to do with wanting to know the relationship btw human beings and the universe and our place in it..
its like close to religious feeling..
we wont get any answer by taking up astronomy..
but at least we are doing sth actively to explore our world and understand it..
You're absolutely right! I second this...

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Re: whats your motivation behind astronomy??

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huang_qingyuan wrote:often wonder why ppl take up astronomy..
whats yours??
I think its more than just appreciating the beauty of the night sky.
i think it has more to do with wanting to know the relationship btw human beings and the universe and our place in it..
its like close to religious feeling..
we wont get any answer by taking up astronomy..
but at least we are doing sth actively to explore our world and understand it..
Have looking up into the skies for stars when i was very young... it was for comfort initially... then curiousity took over... but din really step into it until recently... then came a question: So... What's next after seeing the stars, planets..etc through scopes?


Your post was the exact answer to my question in words :!: . Stars makes pple feel comfortable. Doesn't it? :wink:
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If you have 30 million dollars, fly out of orbit to the International Space Station for a vacation and look at Earth from above! :P
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human beings in a lonely universe...

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I guess different ppl have different views when watching the night sky..
Christians or Muslims may think of the omnipotent God of purpose who created this universe and human beings out of good will and love.
But the night sky is scary for the aethiest.. human beings thrown into one corner of the universe and left on our own and with no purpose.. like some disowned orphan..
how do you feel about it?? filled with wonder or dread??

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Hi,
Christians or Muslims may think of the omnipotent God of purpose who created this universe and human beings out of good will and love.
Just in case this lead into another religious discussion... please note that discussions on any religious matter are not allow and will be deleted according. Please read the forum rules ( http://www.singastro.org/viewtopic.php?t=650 ).

Also, please try to stay in the topic... create a new one if you want to discuss about something that's not related to the current topic.

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okayz..

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okayz.. i didnt take note of that. thanks for the reminder..

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As someone who is still a newbie after all these years, I can safely say its a hobby that you must enjoy. If that is so, then naturally, you will read all articles you can find, read any magazine available and each time you go out, you will look up to see if the sky is clear. If you have that "foundation", the rest is easier. Scopes are abound in singastro. there's always our vendors and of course, the science centre astro shop.
there are plentiful obs sessions for you to join in and learn in practice.
Observers have all developed a habit of talking shop when the sky is cloudy. For those trips in mersing when cloudy cover is bad, everyone would be in their foldable chairs talking about all things astronomy...heh heh

btw, if learning is still a pain, there's always the goto scope! :lol:
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