By Steve Ringwood
In the course of greater than 4 many years of involvement in beginner astronomy, i've got loved the privilege of rubbing shoulders with numberless novice astr- omers. In so doing i've got encountered firstly, moment, and 3rd hand some of the joys and pitfalls that sky watchers can adventure in pursuit of the universe’s wonders. i've got usually howled at tall stories that will now not shame a pirate’s tavern. a lot of those superb tales became the kernels of my expensive Steve column goods. studying how you can function the know-how for looking at and imaging the universe is figure adequate for any aspiring astronomer; even though, many have difficulties in their personal making. not just do they proportion those issues with different astronomers, they're at the receiving finish of fellow workers and associates doing a similar. With most of these agonized communications flying approximately, it's tough to appreciate how a person will get any actual paintings performed! For the entertainment of my friends i've got lengthy fondly parodied those imagined literary exchanges. those myth ‘‘Agony Aunt’’ questions started to appear within the pages of the Loughton Astronomical Society’s per month (and Christmas particular) journals approximately 30 years in the past, within the guise of The astronomer’s challenge web page. This was once through the sort indulgence of the then editor, specifically myself. fortunately, even if the journal of the LAS advanced into anything far better, below the soft and loving care of these who got here after me, those challenge letters have been nonetheless favourite or even now sometimes look.
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