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Old 06-02-2013, 21:11
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I didn't see it as a problem having the amateurs there, remember we all started off that way and it's easy to get a bit arrogant over things you think people SHOULD know.
Not so, most people start with an interest, read books etc, start off with a pair of binoculars - which Patrick Moore always said was the best way - and eventually buy a serious instrument when you've worked out more or less what you are going to be interested in seeing.

In any case, The Sky at Night was generally a programme about the subject itself. In the recent past they featured technically competent amateurs at star parties and so on, which is one thing, but as for complete beginners, I don't see the point.
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