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It's out there calling you. You wouldn't be reading this page if you didn't feel it: The universe is pleading to be seen and understood. If you can get away from city lights on a moonless night, you'll get much closer to the cosmos. But looking up — whenever you can, from wherever you are, even for a moment — can make a huge difference in how you think about things. Experienced stargazers have found what works for them, often through expensive trial and error. Let's save you some time and money. This guide was updated Nov.
Amateur astronomy is a hobby where participants enjoy observing or imaging celestial objects in the sky using the unaided eye , binoculars , or telescopes. Even though scientific research may not be their primary goal, some amateur astronomers make contributions in doing citizen science , such as by monitoring variable stars ,  double stars  sunspots ,  or occultations of stars by the Moon  or asteroids ,  or by discovering transient astronomical events , such as comets ,  galactic novae  or supernovae in other galaxies. Amateur astronomers do not use the field of astronomy as their primary source of income or support, and usually have no professional degree in astrophysics or advanced academic training in the subject.
Skywatch is written by members of the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers. Heavens Above provides satellite predictions and can be set up to give predictions for any location. For most satellites, the nearest location on this list will be sufficient. The Inquiring Skeptics of Upper New York is no longer active, but there are some interesting articles and links on their web page.