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Astronomy is the study of the universe, stars, galaxies, nebulas and many other exotic phenomenon. It is possible to study the heavens from as little as a 50 pence light box to look at the Sun safely to telescopes worth millions of pounds. Please remember that you should never look at the Sun through anything with a lens as you will blind yourself instantly!
One of the greatest tools to study the night sky with is a pair of binoculars. With this relatively accessible modern device the Moon and constellations really are impressive. Beware though, the man in the moon is not visible through binoculars. Objects such as the Seven Sisters really look impressive in binoculars.
If you have a camera with a bulb option you could take long exposure photographs. These create incredible star trails with the colour of each star easily seen. This should always be the first type of astrophotography you try as it gives you an idea of how amazing the universe is.
If you have more funds and have really thought about the next stage of astronomy then you will be looking for the next stage which is a telescope. Galaxies, planets and nebula really start to be observable to amateurs with details visible. Saturns rings was the first view I had through a telescope and it blew me away.
How ever you plan to do your astronomy you should be able to find a level that fulfills your nights with wonder.
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Author: Jonathan Sayles, my google+ page