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Yuqing Ren
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How do amateur astronomers get spectral information about celestial bodies?

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Sai Charan
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There are a few ways amateur astronomers can get spectral information about celestial bodies. One way is to use a spectrograph, a tool that helps to spread the light from a celestial body into its different colors. By looking at the colors, astronomers can learn about the object's chemical makeup. Another way is to use a filter, which allows astronomers only to see a specific color of light. This can also be used to learn about the chemical makeup of an object. Here2 is a guide on capturing the spectra of stars using a DSLR or a small telescope.

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