Stargazing for Campers

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Stargazing and camping go hand in hand. Where else can you see the stars so clearly? City lights make seeing stars very difficult if not impossible. I must say that I have never managed to see the Milky Way before going out to the countryside. But what can be more beautiful than the summer sky filled with twinkling stars? August brings us meteor showers with shooting stars to wish upon. How romantic. But it is also an opportunity for some education.

If you are an amateur astronomer you can bring your telescope and astronomy books with you and enjoy finding constellations and planets visible on the night sky.

Perhaps you already have a budding astronomer in your family or your kids are asking you questions about stars. There are many books for kids describing how to find the most popular stars. A really popular one is A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations--and How You Can Find Them in the Sky.

But if you are like me and you think that you will never learn how to identify anything beyond Big Dipper then there is help. Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium is an electronic device and camera that with help of GPS and its own database can identify over 50,000 stars, planets and constellations with a click of a button. It also serves up stories and mythology related to what you are looking at. It is able to provide highlights of the night sky no matter where on earth you are.