It is a common misconception that astronomical observations can only be carried out from extensively large observatories with extremely expensive telescopes and complicated control systems.
Although such professional setups are indeed best equipped, observations from amateur astronomers all over the globe are never to be discounted. Smaller telescopes can be successfully used for scientific measurements accordingly.
Indeed, amateur astronomers’ observations are an invaluable asset for several professional astronomical observations.
This is because they provide observations from all around the globe, thus making the continuous observation of a target more likely – professional observatories might be clouded over during the observation time.
Even locally, Maltese astronomers have made important contributions to astronomy via their observations. Recently, a Maltese astronomer – Stephen Brincat – discovered a number of new variable stars from his own home.
Astronomy normally requires a basic knowledge of the targets that one would be imaging and a good grasp of how to use the equipment one owns, but anyone can make contributions to astronomy if they really want to.
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