ADC for Amateur Astronomers
Greenbelt, MD Specializes in archiving and distributing
collections of data that have been published by professional
astronomers. Most of these data sets are in the form
of computer-readable tables of numbers, rather than
images. Amateur astronomers can find these data collections
useful in looking up the properties and locations of
celestial objects. This can help amateurs plan for observing
sessions, and help them to better understand what they've
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
New York, NY Provides lectures, classes and
observing sessions to better enjoy astronomy, whether
intellectually, aesthetically, or both.
Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton
Princeton, NJ Promotes astronomy-related
activities for members and non-members, novice to expert.
A wide spectrum of astronomy interests are explored
at the AAAP through regular meetings, workshops, use
of the two club observatories, public outreach and regional
Amateur Astronomers' Inc (AAI)
908-276-2730 / Cranford, NJ Club info &
Amateur Astronomer's Notebook
Joint effort by two
amateur astronomers, Joe Roberts and Peter Chapin, includes
information on a variety of topics that may be of interest
to both casual star watchers as well as experienced
Amateur Astronomical Observatories
Large list of
links to observatories & observatory vendors.
Amateur Astronomy Observers Log
This site lets amateur astronomers
share their observations with each other.
Amateur Astronomy & Space Website
UK Amateur astronomer's
Amateur CCD Astronomy
This webpage is devoted to showing examples of astrophotography
that this author, an amateur astrophotographer, has
taken with the CCD - Richard Jacobs, M.D.
The American Association of Amateur Astronomers
Dallas, TX Bringing Amateur Astronomy
to the World.
Ames Area Amateur Astronomers
Ames, IA Club information &
Astronomes Amateurs du Luxembourg
Luxembourg Club information & links.
New Hampshire Resources & tutorials for amateur
Links to planetarium and sky simulation software.
The Astronomy Store
859-225-7986 / Lexington, KY Astronomy books, telescopes,
space toys, calendars, posters, prints, etc.
Backyard Astronomy for Amateur Astronomers
The Netherlands Introduction to
Cedar Amateur Astronomers, Inc
Cedar Rapids, IA Promotes the
study and interest in astronomical topics within the
membership and among the public via dissemination of
knowledge and ideas through lectures, meetings, presentations,
displays, discussions, and outdoor activities, are a
member society of the Astronomical League & operates
Palisades-Dows Observatory in cooperation with the Linn
County Conservation Department.
Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club
Charlotte, NC Club news &
Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews
Our goal at Cloudy Nights is to
assist amateur astronomers in better understanding the
equipment that goes with the hobby. We strive to accomplish
this goal in three ways: by providing a forum for reviews
of telescopes and accessories, by providing a forum
for commentary articles on the many facets of the hobby
that touch equipment, by encouraging and sponsoring
events and contests to get kids and beginners interested
in the hobby.
Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers
Club info & links.
Edward R. Zane Planetarium
Greensboro, NC 87-seat hall in Natural Science Center
Estimating Limiting Magnitude
An easy method of
determining how clear your sky is by Veikko Makela.
Hamilton Amateur Astronomers
Canada A group of individuals
dedicated to the enjoyment and advancement of astronomy.
Ford Amateur Astronomy Club
Dearborn, MI Club info & links.
FotoSearch Astronomy Image Library
WI A massive collection of astronomy images from, galaxies
to planets to NASA images and much more. View world-class
photography and art free of charge. It is the digital,
online equivalent of a massive image library. Browsing
through the library is free, and there are no access
charges, registration requirements, or usage limits.
Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association
616-897-7065 / Lowell, MI Participates
in public education activities, comet watches, meteor
observing, as well as opening the observatory to the
public two nights per month. Besides the public education
programs, members involve themselves in many other pursuits
from observing programs to astrophotography and CCD
The Isle of Man Astronomical Society
Isle of Man Promotes amateur astronomy.
Kennedy Space Center Amateur Astronomers
Florida Dedicated to the Understanding and Knowledge
of the Heavens God Made for Us to Observe.
Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society
610-797-3476 / Allentown PA The LVAAS is
a public-oriented nonprofit educational organization
dedicated to serving the interests of the community
in astronomy and related fields. For both professionals
and amateurs alike, LVAAS has much to offer through
our many programs and observing facilities.
Images from the Digitized Sky Survey as posted on alt.binaries.pictures.astro
by Richard Bright.
NASA's World Wind Satellite Imagery
World Wind lets you zoom from
satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging
Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography
Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain
in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there.
Virtually visit any place in the world. Look across
the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps, or
along the African Sahara.
The Nine Planets
A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System: describes the
history, mythology and current scientific knowledge
of each of the planets and moons and other objects in
our solar system. In addition to the usual pictures,
there are also sounds, an occasional movie and many
links to other net resources. The text is written for
a general audience not necessarily knowledgeable in
astronomy; technical terms are linked to an extensive
glossary by Bill Arnett.
NGC Images Archive
From the Grove Creek Observatory.
North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club
Massachusetts Two of the principal goals
of the NSAAC are to promote a wider appreciation of
astronomy and to help people choose the most appropriate
telescope or binocular for their interest and budget.
Piedmont Amateur Astronomers
Statesville, NC A
group of individuals who meet to share an interest in
astronomy and to promote astronomy education.
Prairie Astronomy Club
Lincoln, NE Dedicated to encouraging the study of Astronomy
and related subjects for the benefit of its members
and the general public.
Bill Arnett's backyard observatory.
Ptolemy's Supper Club
A group of avid amateur astronomers.
Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association
Holland, MI A not-for-profit organization
created for the purpose of furthering the enjoyment
of amateur astronomy.
South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association
Sunrise, FL A registered non-profit educational
amateur astronomy society.
Spitzer Space Telescope
818-354-4200 / Pasadena, CA
The Spitzer Space Telescope
(formerly SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility)
was launched into space by a Delta rocket from Cape
Canaveral on 25 August 2003. Spitzer will obtain images
and spectra by detecting the infrared energy, or heat,
radiated by objects in space between wavelengths of
3 and 180 microns (1 micron is one-millionth of a meter).
Consisting of a 0.85-meter telescope and three cryogenically-cooled
science instruments, Spitzer is the largest infrared
telescope ever launched into space.
Ecliptic Finder Design Plans is a design plan that shows
how to build the Ecliptic Finder. This simple instrument
is a variation on the sundial. AstroCalculator© is a
calculator program for general time and astronomical
calculations, conversions and corrections and much more. OptiCalculator©
is an optics and imaging calculator. This just released
tool is a full featured function set for astrophotography,
whether using CCDs or Film. It also covers basic optics
for telescopes and more. Featured in "Sky and Telescope"
February 2005. Binocular Mount Design Plans is a design
plan booklet to help you build your own for $60 to $120
instead of the purchase prices ranging from $200-$300.
Easy to build and use. Fully articulated and balanced
arm for all position viewing. Sundial Calculator© is
based on AstroCalculator but is focused on just the
sundial calculation, time and solar system calculations
at a lower cost for the dialist community.
Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA)
A leading centre for astrophysical
research in Australia, at The University of Sydney.
Transit of Venus
A brief report on our viewing of the 2004 transit of
Venus from Bill Arnett.
Tri-Valley Stargazers (TVS) is a registered non-profit
astronomy club serving the areas in and around Livermore,
Pleasanton, Dublin, Fremont, and Tracy, California.
Public outreach and astronomy education are promoted
collectively by the club and individually by members
who present public programs and monthly meetings. Membership
is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy. Amateurs
and professionals are equally welcome.
Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association
Tucson, AZ A resource for anyone
interested in Astronomy. Our mission is to nurture a
person's natural curiosity about the night sky. By giving
people a knowledge and understanding of Astronomy, we
enhance their enjoyment of the solar system beyond.
Through our public activities and school evening observing
sessions, we bring Astronomy to persons of all ages.
Our regular meetings and observing sessions offer members
a forum to meet others with similar interests and experiences
and to learn from one another.
Twin City Amateur Astronomers
309-438-2496 / Normal,
IL Club info & links.
The Web Nebulae
Pictures and a bit of explanation of a couple dozen
of the more spectacular nebulae in the night sky.
A full report on
a trip to the 1998 solar eclipse in the Caribbean.
Westchester Amateur Astronomers
Valhalla, NY A not-for-profit organization open to people
of all ages with the desire to learn more about astronomy
and who share an interest in viewing the universe. We
range from enthusiastic amateurs and educators to casual
stargazers and families.
Wollongong Amateur Astronomy Club
Australia Club info &
World's Largest Optical Telescopes
Lists all the
major optical observatories in the world today.