Hello, I am Astronomy Moon; I am new both to this forum and astrononomy in general. I am interested in star gazing, but am registered blind. I was recently given a basic refractor telescope (I obviously can't see which particular type) and I am visiting this site primarily for general star gazing tips for the blind and also to get some recommendations of good introductory astronomy books for beginners (written in brail obviously).
I live in London (in the UK), so there is quite a lot of ambient light which makes it difficult to see all the little dots in the sky (stars and planets etc). Fortunetly as I am blind I can't see this light pollution so this shouldn't get in the way of star gazing. Can anyone reccomend;
1. Best places in UK for star gazing.
2. Best time for star gazing (presumably night time?)
3. What is the best way to configure the telescope that enables the blind to see the stars. Please give quite clear instructions as I am not particularly well versed with the lay out of telescopes and obviously I can't see what I am doing.
4. My friend (also blind) advised me of a trick which involved poking a pin hole in a sheet of paper and having the outline of the image projected on the another piece, he said you don't need to be able to directly see to able to do this? I have poor listening skills so if anyone could expand on this it would be very appreciated.
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to your posts and to getting involved with this exciting new hobby.
Thank you, Astronomy Moon.