General Astronomy Sites / Resources:
- The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
is a wonderful non-profit organization devoted to astronomical education. If you ever need
teaching aids (slide sets, for example), this is the place to go. The ASP also
sponsors Project Astro, a program in which volunteer amateur astronomers work with,
and teach in Bay Area schools.
- Sky and Telescope and Astronomy are good
magazines with very useful Webpages. Use these to find the latest astro-related
publications, your nearest astronomy club, or reviews of selected equipment, not to
mention extensive astro-links.
- Amateur Astronomy
is an even better magazine than the above two put together! Written by and
for amateur astronomers, this black and white quarterly periodical is in its fourth year
of publishing, and is subscription only. You will learn more from one issue of AA
than reading a complete years worth of the monthly commercial-laden rags.
- The ATM Journal ,
edited by Bill Cook, is another excellent quarterly catering to the varied interests of
the amateur telescope-maker.
Have questions? Need answers? Try these links out:
- If you are an AOL subscriber, drop by The Astronomy Club, specifically the
Observers' Outpost, where many helpful amateurs hang out
- Kevin Daly's Webpage is a
refreshing look at this hobby from someone new to this passion: Full of valuable
information and advice for the beginner.
How about taking an astronomy course online?
- A class
for Middle/High school level students.
- For a one week live class, see "Deep Sky Observing"
For excellent information on our own solar system, check out:
- Check out George Rosenberg's Lure of
Lunar Domes page for an idea of what can be done with an eight-inch Dob.
Perhaps you are interested in images of our universe.
- The ATM home page is a good place to link
up with other "TN's" (telescope nuts) and their ideas.
- We are all indebted to The Springfield Telescope Makers (Stellafane), where amateur telescope
making began, and still thrives--check out their excellent Homepage.
- For information on building larger Dobsonians, specifically those that are
truss-designed, check my vanity
page ...here you will also find links to what I call "the
equatorial platform approach."
- Crazy Ed Optical is a wonderful source for Ebony
Star plastic laminate, Teflon, tube rings, and
other hard to find "stuff" that the average ATM is always hunting for.
- Mel Bartels has a
number of very good ATM pages, including two very good ones on collimating your Newtonian.
- Bob Fies, a local hero, does aluminum
coating, or recoating, on your precious primary mirror. SA's have been going to him for
- Willmann-Bell publishes an extensive collection
of astronomy titles. They also offer astro-software, including my favorite: MegaStar.
Telescope and Binocular Center stock a good selection of books, including one of
my favorites: an old early 60's book originally published by Edmund Scientific written by
Sam Brown, All About Telescopes.
- If you are looking for a hard to find, possibly out of print book, like Paul Hickson's Atlas
of Compact Galaxy Groups, give www.amazon.com
- If shopping is your thing, you should know about Astromart, an online, free classified service for astro equipment of all
shapes and colors.
- Stargazer Steve makes very affordable small
- K. Barry Peckham makes the finest, most compact medium and large truss-Dobs on the
market today: Litebox Telescopes.
Deep Sky Observing
- Visit my latest, and most personal Webpage; one devoted to my pursuits in Deep-Sky Observing.
- Adventures in Deep Space is a page
maintained by observing buddy Jim Shields. Full of great articles, and still growing.
- While you are at Jim's page above check out The San Francisco State University Sierra
Nevada Field Campus. Jim, Steve Gottlieb, and myself are teachers' aids at a one week
Astronomy Lab class held here every Summer. The setting is idyllic; the class is
inexpensive and open to all. Jim has a good summary to entice you, and the
SNFC has a Webpage of their own, complete with
wonderful photos. Plan your astronomy vacation now!
Finally, a few all
inclusive astro links (I assume you already know about search engines like Yahoo!):
- Akkana Peck has
a very thorough list of astronomy sites, many with short descriptions.
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