Astronomy has grown in popularity over the last twenty years or so, and amateur groups have sprung up all over the country. It’s a great way to look at the stars and other heavenly constellations. If you are thinking about joining an astronomy group but you don’t have any experience other than looking at the stars through binoculars or telescopes at home, don’t worry that you will feel intimidated by the expertise as these astronomy groups always welcome new members, but you might have to be prepared to travel some distance from your home if you live in an urban area.
One of the problems astronomers face, whether they are amateurs or professionals, is light pollution from towns and cities. This is why those who use astronomical telescopes will often travel many miles from their home to rural locations in order to make the most of the night sky. Taken to the extreme example, this is the reason why Mauna Kea in Hawaii was chosen as the location for the Keck Astronomical telescopes. Hawaii is in the middle of the pacific ocean, and as the Astronomical telescopes of Keck are situated at the summit of Mauna Kea, there is little or no light pollution there.
You don’t have to travel to Hawaii to enjoy the night sky, but it may be worth your while to look at Sherwood Photographics website. They have a great range of telescopes and other optical equipment such as binoculars at prices that will surprise you.