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Ten thousand stars bedazzle the eye on a dark night. Wait, how many?
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Watch S&T senior editor Alan MacRobert show and explain how to use star charts and planispheres (star wheels).
Would you like to be able to navigate your way around the night sky with confidence? Using this simple, easy-to-make Star Wheel, you can "dial the sky" for any time or date.
Astronomy doesn't deserve its reputation as a tough, expensive hobby. You just need to begin with the right advice.
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Here's what you need to know to navigate the heavens with a telescope and star atlas.