Keeping in mind that I am ignorant to astronomy, but learning, I am a bit dis-enchanted and im not sure if im even making sence of this.
What I am learning by reading and reading is that astronomy is ALOT about the stars. Now I am sure that the stars hold a ton of excitement for me down the road, but my first interest is in our planets. I thought that I would go out with a telescope and see Saturn plain as day, but in reality it aint what you see in pictures. I thought it was my telescope so I returned it(it was a walmart cheapy), but I STILL want to experience some of our planets, are my expectations to high and also can someone please explain to me the interest of the stars for you as a backyard astronomer.
I have read alot about stars etc. and I am educated somewhat, but it doesnt hold the thrill for me that seeing the planets would. Am I a fake wannabe astronomer?
To show you how newbie I am, I want to also know why the moon seems to change its shape thru its cycle. Is this because of earths rotation, i mean revolutions? Where does the rest of the moon hide when its not a full moon?
PLEASE bear with me, I am a newbie here with loads of interest & ambition