" Amateur astronomy (Star-Gazing ) is a hobby whose participants enjoy observing or imaging celestial objects in the sky using the unaided eye, binoculars, or telescopes. Even though scientific research may not be their primary goal, some amateur astronomers make contributions to the science of astronomy... Most amateurs are beginners or hobbyists, while others have a high degree of experience in astronomy and may often assist and work alongside professional astronomers. Many astronomers have studied the sky throughout history in an amateur framework... Some just look at the sky using nothing more than their eyes or binoculars, but more dedicated amateurs often use portable telescopes or telescopes situated in their private or club observatories"
The night-sky mysteries
From the dawn of time people were looking at the night sky with amazement and awe. The beauty and mystery of the night-sky on its' many stars, had fascinated people for generation on generations, pushing them into speculating, making stories and investigating the stars. Story tellers laid a rich ground for myths and legends and stargazing laid the basis for the science of astronomy. The night-sky often gives us a perspective of how small we are in the vast universe surrounding us. We look above asking ourselves what is out there, which and what is every shining star we see, and are there life outside our comfortable planet Earth. Science with the help of amateur astronomy (stargazing) gave us answers to some of these questions.