Tips and Advice
|Too Cloudy? Too Windy?
For observations?? Check out these topics...
starting out with your new german equatorially-mounted telescope,
getting the telescope aligned, it may be challenging to get a
picture in your mind of how the alignment works. I've recently
Polar Alignment section with Q&A that I've had over the last
yourself with the info in this NASA link to scientifically address
the Star Party question that will be coming up more and more...
the world End in 2012?"
page with better explanation of why the Big Dipper looks like it does
from Earth and revised stellar distances for each component star. (Thank
you to Ray Hall, CSU, Fresno)
Why are there Time
Zones around the World? Information
on astronomical terms, sun calculators, solar energy information,
moon phases, etc.
Starhopper's Guide to the Herschel 400
An excellent tool for the deep sky
enthusiast and a must-have for those attempting the Astronomical
League's Herschel 400 Observe Program. Click
Here for Ordering info. James was at RTMC as a vendor.
Great to meet you face-to-face James!
The "Intro to Amateur Astronomy
Classes" now contain 6 videos on amateur astronomy subjects
from Planispheres to Which Telescope to Buy. Enjoy! Check
them out here.
These are links where I
have found amateur astronomy related items. I'm not recommending site one over
Binocular Parallelogram Mount
Rick Miseroy's famous binomount has added
new features. Check them
Do you have binoculars? Here's
a website dedicated to observing the night sky with regular
binoculars. You'll be surprised how much you can see! Give
it a try! There are also three dedicated binocular observing clubs
offered by the Astronomical
Open Invitation to astro-tom.com users
If you find yourself in the vicinity of Los
Angeles or the Mojave "High Desert" around Lancaster, CA, please consider dropping by and observing the stars with the
Antelope Valley Astronomy Club. If you're traveling light, we'll
have FREE equipment you can use at our star parties (if you'll call ahead of
time, we can reserve a 6", 8" or 10" Dobsonian telescope,
10" Schmitt-Cassegrain telescope, and more for you, with
eyepieces!) Our dark sky parties are a blast and are social as
well as astronomical experiences. You'll never feel like an
"outsider" at one of our star parties! It's a great
group of people who would like to meet you and exchange ideas, observing
techniques, or just help you pick out the Andromeda Galaxy for the first
time. Visit the Antelope Valley
Astronomy Club's website
for the current calendar and telephone contact info, or you may e-mail me with your
questions! Be sure to tell them "astro-tom" invited you!
and a date correction have been added to the Christiaan Huygens history
of the Huygens eyepiece.
would like to thank Ashley
from Brighter Futures Charter School for recommending a great
astronomy link page:
a good student means being willing to do extra credit work like Ashley
has done, finding new information and sharing it with others!
you were reasonably new to amateur astronomy, had gone to a few star
parties and already had a pair of binoculars, how would you spend $500
USD on astronomy gear to get the best "all around" setup for
viewing the Moon, planets, and deep-sky? Assume you have no
telescope, eyepieces, filters, red light flashlights, etc.
your list of equipment and estimated prices to me and we'll assemble a
recommendations list for the other users of the site. Thanks!
Please E-mail me
you're already involved in amateur astronomy community outreach at
schools, showing children the sky with your telescope, are you
interested in a simple way to "give back" to the to the less
fortunate throughout the world?
on this link:
think that you'll be impressed with the vision of this
Q&A Page: Ask
Please E-mail me with your
Would you consider yourself an
"advanced beginner"? If so, there are many
other astro-tom.com users who share your level of interest in
the night sky and wonder how to use their own eyes to see what
they've seen in pictures. Here are several helpful
tips to vastly improve your evening under the stars.
Can I See Through A Telescope? A great article by Donald Waid
on his website.
Astrophotos by fellow AVAC
member Tom Varden See
Tom Varden's Latest Astrophoto's!
Deep Sky Observing
an Astronomer There are answers to many, many
amateur astronomy questions here. Check it out!
Send your site suggestions to:
Thank you to
Hodges, for the Astro-Tom.com site
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|| What you should know - This is a great way to spend a cloudy
evening. If it's clear outside, turn off your computer, go outside, and
just look up to get started!
about them, from how to buy your first one to how to use one effectively.
|Advanced Amateur Astronomy
Formulas, specifications, filters, coordinate systems, manufacturer
listings, star lists, orbital calculation, deep sky observing, imaging, etc.
A repository of advanced amateur information.
|| Free software downloads, observing lists, etc. - Also several biographies of famous astronomers.
astronomy web links. These are updated regularly.
Astronomy Club (AVAC)
||nfo on the club and a resource of all
information handout sheets, club calendar, presentations and the online, "Introduction
to the Night Sky" amateur astronomy course.
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