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Amateur Astronomy


The Hobby

Amateur Astronomy
Detailed article in Wikipedia on Amateur Astronomy and an introducton to the hobby of backyard astronomy.

Sky & Telescope
Great locus of general info on skywatching, space science, and amateur astronomy. News, info on observing, equipment reviews and DIY articles, local clubs, etc.

Amateur Astronomers Magazine
Awesome magazine for the serious astronomy hobbyist. Once you’re hooked as a sky watcher, this is the site for you.
Fascinating site devoted to all things space. News, tech, telescope and gear reviews, search for ETLife, skywatching, much more.

Best Sources of Astronomical Images on the Web
Nearly two dozen links to top image sites and astronomical photo galleries on the web. Curated by well-known astronomical educator, Andrew Fraknoi.

ISDA Dark Sky Finder
IDSA's dark sky finder, searchable by zip code. Click
here for a U.S. dark sky finder with addresses and notes on dark sky locations throughout the country.



How to Choose Binoculars for Astronomy and Skywatching
A great way to start is with a pair of high-grade binoculars and stable tripod; this useful guide investigates pros and cons and helps you invest in the right pair.

Buying a First Telescope
General guide in Popular Mechanics explores buying a first telescope. Various types of telescopes are discussed. Includes editors' current recommendations.

Best Telescopes (2017)
A quick look at good telescopes of various kinds to give would-be backyard astronomers a sense of the what all this will cost. Click
here for another good list.



Astronomical Society of the Pacific
The oldest national astronomical society in the U.S., founded in 1889, now one of the largest astronomical education organizations in the world.

Sidewalk Astronomers
Great group based in San Francisco founded by John Dobson (with whom I studied as a boy). Star parties with gigantic telescopes, telescope making classes, more.

Astronomers Without Borders
“We all share the same sky.” AWB strives to unite humanity through a shared passion for astronomy and observation of the wonders of the Universe.

International Dark Sky Association
Worldwide organization dedicated to preserving the Dark Sky, controlling/reversing light pollution, and keeping visible the tableau of the wide, wonderful Universe.

Your tax dollars at work! Check out general space news, missions (A-Z), awesome photo galleries, downloads, space exploration history, internships, more.


Skywatching and Space Apps

Point your device skyward, get info on: constellations, planets, satelites. AR view, daily object sightings (see the space station orbiting in real time!)

Planetarium app that takes SkyView, adds bells and whistles, then goes beyond. For the serious hobbyist. Pro version interfaces with telescopes.

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