Web Resources Guide
St. Louis Astronomical Society: slasonline.org; an excellent online resource for the SLAS
membership and public alike.
Astronomical League: astroleague.org;
the world's largest federation of amateur astronomers.
Sky & Telescope magazine's web site: skyandtelescope.com;
Very good for getting updates on astronomical events, , also has links
to various email lists you can subscribe to that will alert you to various
classes of astronomical events at : http://skyandtelescope.com/resources/internet/article_331_1.asp
- Features S&T's excellent introductory-level how-to guide
that covers the full gamut of astronomical topics: skyandtelescope.com/howto
generate predictions of such things as the positions of Jupiter and Saturn’s
moons and what side of Mars is visible at http://skyandtelescope.com/observing/article_1193_1.asp
Astronomy Magazine: http://www.astronomy.com/home.asp
Tthe world's largest circulation astronomy magazine site.
Astronomy Link Compendiums:
- astronomylinks.com; the granddaddy
of them all, with 1300+ sites broken down into dozens of topics like Astrophotography,
Organizations & Clubs, Education, Telescope Making, etc.
- dir.yahoo.com/Science/Astronomy; another huge resource for Yahoo with thousands of
listings broken down into 40+ topics.
the Open Directory's public domain alternative to Yahoo; with
3,841 astronomy links and growing.
astronomy & astrophysics on the web.
Astronomy Picture of the Day's educational links.
Recommendations for Beginning Amateur Astronomers: observers.org/beginner
Cloudy Nights: cloudynights.com/; A huge collection of equipment reviews, tips for
beginners (and others) and observational astronomy articles.
Space Weather: spaceweather.com;
for aurora updates and other near-earth space phenomena such as close passing
Heavens Above: heavens-above.com; observing Earth Satellites and spacecraft. Especially handy
for keeping track of Iridium flares.
Eclipse Information: sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.
The Nine Planets: seds.org/nineplanets/nineplanets/nineplanets.html;
a Multimedia Tour of the Solar system (planets, comets, asteroids, sun).
The Shallow Sky: shallowsky.com; information on observing planets.
SEDS (Students for Exploration and Development of Space): seds.org; a great site for more
technical information on deep sky objects.
Visual Deep Sky Learning:
andreas-domenico.de/astro/links.html; many good links and information
for those that really want to dive into deep sky observing with a telescope.
Bill Ferris' "Cosmic Voyage": hometown.aol.com/billferris/index.html;
an excellent site for an
introduction to amateur astronomy
a list of binocular objects organized by constellation.
"Best Bet" list
of astronomical objects for binoculars.
Astro League's Messier Binocular List: astroleague.org/al/obsclubs/binomess/binomess.html
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Astronomical Web Sites of Interest
Free Monthly Skymaps can be downloaded at
Tips for beginners: http://observers.org/beginner/j.r.f.beginner.html
Equipment reviews & tips for beginners (and others): http://www.cloudynights.com/
Space Weather site (for aurora updates and other near-earth space phenomena
such as close passing asteroids, comets): http://spaceweather.com/
Observing Earth Satellites and spacecraft: http://www.heavens-above.com/
What Time Is It? http://www.time.gov/ Or tune to WWV at 2.5, 5,10,15,or
20 Mhz..; CHU at 3.330, 7.335, 14.670 Mhz. or 900-410-8463 (there is
Official US Time at http://www.time.gov/
Where to buy used equipment:
Observing the Moon?
See http://www.inconstantmoon.com/index.htm and
Lunar and Solar Eclipse information: http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html
Labeled images of the moon’s appearance every night of
the lunar month at
Solar system (planets, comets, asteroids, sun) information can be found
Information on observing planets can be found at http://www.shallowsky.com
The Constellations and Their Stars: : http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/
Great site for more technical information on deep sky objects: http://www.seds.org/
Deep Sky Website, many good links and information for those that really want to dive into
deep sky observing with a telescope.
Bill Ferris’ web site “Cosmic Voyage” is an
excellent site for an introduction to amateur astronomy: http://hometown.aol.com/billferris/index.html
http://webpages.charter.net/darksky25/Astronomy/Articles/Getstarted.html How to get started in Astronomy for under $200!
Binocular Astronomy websites:
Sky & Telescope’s
online introduction to binocular astronomy article
“ Best Bet” astronomical
objects for binoculars. Includes online maps.
The Recreational Astronomer
- short tip sheet for binocular users
League’s Messier Binocular List
http://dmoz.org/Science/Astronomy/Amateur/Binocular_Astronomy/faq.html Binocular Astronomy FAQ