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Enjoying astronomy as a hobby is as easy as looking up at the stars! Astronomy can be a fun, rewarding, and educational hobby involving the whole family. Getting started with the hobby is easier than you may think. Orion is here year-round to help you along every step of the way. Here are a few simple tips we recommend to make astronomy come alive for you:

Read Up On Astronomy

1. Read Up On Astronomy

Browse a few books on astronomy, then gaze at the sparkling night sky and imagine what beautiful views await you.

Join a Local Astronomy Club

2. Join a Local Astronomy Club

Visiting or joining a local astronomy club in your area is a great introduction to the hobby. Look for star parties in your area to attend to learn more about telescopes, binoculars, and other gear.

Start With a Star Chart

3. Start With a Star Chart

Starting with a humble star chart or planisphere
will help you learn about the night sky. Finding and identifying constellations with a star chart is fun for the whole family.

Try Binoculars

4. Try Binoculars

A pair of 50mm or larger binoculars will open the
door to space exploration. Versatile and easy to use binoculars are a great way to familiarize yourself
with starry skies.

Check Out Online Forums

5. Check Out Online Forums

Look online for astronomy forums and message boards to see what other amateur astronomers are discussing. You can join a group or simply read about your favorite topics and upcoming astronomical events.

Visit Orion's Resource Center

6. Visit Orion Community

Our online Community has a galaxy's worth of information, articles, and helpful tools to keep you clued in to "what's up" in the night sky every month.

Watch Helpful Orion Videos

7. Watch Helpful Orion Videos

Orion's online video gallery is home to dozens of informative videos on telescopes, binoculars, accessories, and astronomy in general. Tune in today to learn more about astronomy and equipment!

Buy an Affordable Telescope

8. Buy an Affordable Telescope

Armed with all this information, you can choose the telescope that makes the most sense for you and your needs. There's an affordable Orion telescope for
every budget.

Set Up and Enjoy!

9. Set Up and Enjoy!

Enjoy your new hobby by setting up outside and enjoying the view! Explore the many wonders of the night sky with friends and family on every clear night.


These helpful Orion videos will teach you exactly what to look for while shopping, so you can make informed decisions on what astronomy gear is right for you!