If you can’t name that star, try asking your telescope


Longtime stargazers learned the basics of the night sky the hard way–with pencils, star charts and lots of patience with their telescopes, reports the New York Times. Now high-tech equipment and smartphone apps are making the task a lot less daunting for beginners. New point-and-shoot telescopes, for example, require only the push of a button to go into action: Plunk one down in the driveway and the device gets its own bearings, aligning itself with the stars above so it can tell you that the twinkling light in the eyepiece is Betelgeuse…

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