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So i kinda just really wanted to do astronomy since i rather enjoy physics. If i did i would go to it after school every wednesday for 1 hour where i would ask questions. I would teach myself it at home during the summer hols as i would have alot of free time. However im at the end of year 10 so i only have like 9/10 months untill gcse's is this enough time?? If it is can you reccomend any books that would be useful?
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Is this for a qualification or just as an interest?

anyway this is an screaming bargain at 50p http://www.theworks.co.uk/p/science/.../9780007918485
you could teach yourself a lot just looking things up in there.
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Yeah, it's basically just looking at the pretty lights in the sky. In all seriousness, though, it is very interesting. I picked up a pretty powerful telescope a couple of years back (300mm computerised/goto) and I've seen some amazing things through it. Now I mainly use the stars for navigation (training airline pilot), calculating paths, etc. but astronomy can be a diverse and exciting field. Just don't get it confused with astrology or I won't forgive you.
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(Original post by Namenious)
So i kinda just really wanted to do astronomy since i rather enjoy physics. If i did i would go to it after school every wednesday for 1 hour where i would ask questions. I would teach myself it at home during the summer hols as i would have alot of free time. However im at the end of year 10 so i only have like 9/10 months untill gcse's is this enough time?? If it is can you reccomend any books that would be useful?
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Astronomy is not Physics. Anyone, even a amateur, can be an astronomer. All you need a telescope and a clear sky.
Only someone with at least a Bachelor's/Master's in the respective subjects can call themselves a physicist, biologist or chemist.
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Yes, I did it myself!

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FWIW I know there's one school doing edexcel GCSE astronomy as evening classes (open to pupils and adult learners) http://hccs.info/neiltest/wp-content...Flyer-2012.pdf
the format there is 2 years of 2 hours per week of which (I'm told) they do 1hr classroom and 1hr practical typical.

IMO you could self teach the exam material in the timescale you suggest if you're good at maths* but you'd have to keep an eye on the controlled assessment which could require logging data over a period of time - and some times of year are better than others for making different types of observations. Probably getting some guidance off a teacher or someone familiar with the controlled assessments would help.

There are Mooc courses in astronomy e.g. https://www.coursera.org/course/introastro and a lot of online resources at the right level
If you're getting any books look for ones which contain graphs and diagrams, i.e. you will need to know about the Herzprung-Russell diagram, rather than books with lots of colour photographs.

There is free planetarium software http://www.stellarium.org

* see recommended background on that mooc page above
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