During summer most lovers of nature and the outdoors mostly take the opportunity to go stargazing. Due to the fact that most people grew up stargazing during vacations by staying out and watching the skies at night, many of them understand and love watching the stars even when they are older.
Skywatching during summer gives a clear sight of the skies and astronomical nature of the stars. Filling the skies with a dazzling look of a long stretch of stars across the sky, are numerous constellations and asterisms that form an alluring pattern.
Check the timings
Pick out a good stargazing place and take note of the best time to stargaze. The best time to stargaze is when there is no moon or during or the gibbous or crescent phase of the moon. This is because the moon produces bright light which blocks you from clearly seeing the skies.
For those that don’t mind the cold weather, clear winter nights provide a wonderful time since there is no humidity in the air. In the evenings during summertime, there is a lot of blurry views making it difficult to sky watch.
Carry a spray and binoculars
The nearest star is around 93 million miles away and it keeps on changing, making it essential to have binoculars for a closer look. Binoculars with large objective lenses are the best to use since they are comfortable enough for kids to use and also magnify perfectly. Alternatively, you can mount the binoculars on a tripod for extra support. Some areas have lots of bugs and it is wise to carry along a bug spray or repellant to reduce chances of getting bug bites.
Carry a sunblock
Skywatching involves more than just watching the stars at night. It can also include watching the sun. The sun tends to release strong rays which can be harmful to your eyes, especially when viewing it from a higher location such as on top of a mountain. Wear protective eyewear such as goggles for protection against the sun’s UV rays.
Carry backup, wear
While it doesn’t always rain during summer, sometimes it might. Carry some protection in case it rains to avoid getting wet as well as dampening your sky watching gear. Purchase a protective cover for your equipment to protect it from dust. You can also carry extra clothes in case it gets cold at night which includes a pant, jacket, and a blanket. The blanket can be spread on the ground when lying on your back to get a clear view of the sky.
Stargaze while on the water
Summertime involves relaxation and a lot of time is normally spent on the water. Whether it’s on a boat or cruise ship, you can carry binoculars with you and stargaze from aboard the boat. Do not at any point carry a telescope since it will not balance on a boat and it also doesn’t give a clear view. Alongside the water’s reflection stargazing will give you a brilliant look.
With just a few equipment and astronomy protective gears, your summer vacations can be turned into the most brilliant and unforgettable moments. Have fun and enjoy every minute you spend stargazing.