12May2019

Astronomy Makes For A Rewarding Hobby During Retirement

Make no mistakes; astronomy may be one of the oldest sciences, but it’s also the easiest.

Astronomy is known to be the oldest form of space science, so it’s only natural that it has become a hobby that individuals enjoy taking part in all across the world.

It’s becoming even more popular with retirees and travelers with the percentage going up 60% from 2017 to 2018 for travelers booking vacation spots that involve some type of star-gazing activity. With the number consistently growing, it makes one wonder how to begin getting involved with astronomy in retirement, even if they have no experience.

Astronomy as a Retirement Hobby

There are many hobbies that retirees take up to fill their free time with so that they can enjoy the rest of their lives, such as golf, birdwatching, traveling, and more. However, a hobby in astronomy offers more than just a relaxing hobby, it gives you the opportunity to spend time with others as well as yourself while challenging your mind.

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Preparing for retirement requires more than saving money – you’re going to want to take up a hobby that offers a fulfilling experience. While you are an amateur astronomer, you can begin preparing at any age by joining clubs and learning from the experience of others. However, eventually, you will need to put your life skills to the test and utilize them to enjoy the full experience of astronomy.

Skills Needed to Enjoy Astronomy

While you don’t have to have a high degree to enjoy astronomy as a hobby, there are still some primary skills that you need to possess for you to enjoy this specific hobby. If you don’t enjoy reading, learning, or communicating with people, then this may not be the best hobby for you to attempt. Astronomy is a learning activity that requires you to study and practice way before you can become sufficient at it.

You won’t be able to look up at the sky and start your new astronomy journey overnight, however, you will get better with more practice. Because of the number of calculations involved in this hobby, it would be good if you had a sufficient amount of math skills to make your journey easier. Make no mistakes; astronomy may be one of the oldest sciences, but it’s not the easiest. Astronomy skills take time to develop and you will need a lot of practice depending on whether or not you have background knowledge in any of these subjects.

Do You Need Any Background Knowledge?

Anyone will a passion can take up astronomy as a hobby without extensive background knowledge, but only those with a strong dedication to it will benefit the most from it. Since astronomy is a learning hobby, you will gain both knowledge and pleasure through the discovery of the night sky. While it helps to have some type of skills and understanding of astronomy, it’s not entirely required, as you can learn the basics by studying astronomy books or by joining clubs in your area.

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The best way to begin your astronomy hobby as a beginner is to learn about the sky using your naked eye before bringing out a telescope. In fact, you won’t want to purchase a telescope for quite some time. After using the naked eye to learn the sky, your next piece of equipment should be a pair of binoculars. When it finally comes time to invest in a telescope, make sure it’s one that is well-equipped for the hobby. Advanced equipment will not be cheap, but it’s worth it, in the end, to make a big investment for the proper equipment.

Astronomy is a rewarding hobby for any age, especially for those that are in their retirement years. It can add to a fulfilling lifestyle by gaining experience and learning through the discovery of the night sky. Joining astronomy clubs in your community will also help you stay connected to like-minded individuals and support your learning as you go. No matter how old you are, the hobby of astronomy will become an exciting part of your life and offer you much satisfaction and delight.

Contributor: Sally – Contact her at sally@diamondmail.net

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