If you were inspired by the fantastic BBC Stargazing LIVE program and events being held across the country then this competition could be just for you!
Getting involved in Astronomy has never been easier. Modern telescopes offer exceptional value for money and are a window to the amazing universe we live in. The key point to avoid disappointment is to stick to reputable brands such as Sky-Watcher and Celestron.
Finding the right telescope for you with so many choices can be a daunting task for a beginner but help is at hand. Our first recommendation is to contact your local Astronomy Society. Most societies welcome beginners with open arms and are very happy to share many years of experience. You will get a chance to see and try a huge variety of telescopes and receive excellent advice to get you on your way.
Secondly there is a huge range of free resources on the internet including blogs, twitter users, facebook groups and a whole host of astronomy related websites. To get you started we have listed some of our favourites;
The BBC Sky at Night - The original!
BBC Stargazing LIVE - A huge collection of resources
The Astronomers Den – A superbly written and often thought provoking Astro Blog
Astronomy Wise – A free Monthly E-Zine written by enthusiastic amateur (and expert) Astronomers.
Wycombe Astronomical Society – Our Locals!
Getting Started Guides – Our own section of helpful tips and advice
This is just a tiny selection, and once you start to engage with them it will lead you to many more!
Our last recommendation is to go to an Astro Camp for the ultimate mix of viewing, astronomy talks and friendly socialising. Our favourite by far is the Astro Camp in Wales. Now a twice yearly event held under the lovely dark skies of the Breacon Beacons. They make you feel very welcome with or without a telescope!
So how can you enter to win a Sky-Watcher Heritage 76 Mini Dobsonian Telescope?
1) By following @KidzOutdoors and Re-Tweeting any of the following messages on twitter;
Win a Sky-Watcher Telescope in the @kidzoutdoors #stargazinglive #giveaway RT & Follow to ENTER – http://ow.ly/gXZeF
Stargazing Rocks! See @kidzoutdoors blog for a chance to #win a Sky-Watcher Telescope RT& Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/gXZeF
2) By liking our facebook page (link) and leaving a comment telling us what inspires you the most about Astronomy or Stargazing. You must confirm your entry by also telling us on this blog post.
3) Like on facebook or follow on twitter at least one Astro Society or Astronomy Resource! Below are just some of our personal recommendations but please feel free to follow any you choose and just leave us a comment telling us so we can count it as an entry.
@Wycombe_Astro @Astro_Den @AstronomyWise @BBCStargazing @ActiveAstro @TheAstroCamp @skyatnightmag or check out our full list of favourite Astro Tweeters at twitter.com/KidzOutdoors/stargazers-astronomy
4) Joining Our Mailing List using the sign up on the upper right side of this blog or via this link
5) Following our blog using the Network Blog Link on the right hand column of this blog.
Each Step gains you an entry into the draw. If you are already a member of our Mailing list and or are following our Blog thank you! Please just lease a message to that effect so we can make sure you receive your extra entries into the draw!
The winner will receive a Sky-Watcher Heritage 76 Telescope. This competition closes at 8pm on Thursday 14th February 2013. We will draw one lucky winner from all the entries received by that time and date. Our decision is final and there are no cash alternatives. The prizewinner will be announced on this page and will be notified via the email used to post on this site or via direct message on twitter.
Finally please note that this draw is for UK RESIDENTS ONLY.