Useful Links

Below are links to various astronomy websites and other resources. Special thanks to Jim Brown of the Asheville Astronomy Club for organizing these.

Great Web Sites for the Amateur Astronomer

 TOP FAVORITES 

Link Comments
 http://www.astroasheville.org  Official website of the Astronomy Club of Asheville.
http://www.heavens-above.com  Gives times and coordinates for when the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, satellites & other space objects will be visible from your backyard.
 http://www.skymaps.com/  Monthly star charts listing naked eye objects, binocular objects, telescope objects & astronomical events for the month. Links to Astronomy merchandise.
 http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html  NASA"s Astronomy “Picture of the Day.” Really great images.
 http://www.backyardastronomy.com/ Primer for the book Backyard Astronomers Guide by Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer. Excellent beginner’s site.
 http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/  View today’s sunspots &other solar data.  
http://www.spaceweather.com/  Science news & information about the Sun-Earth environment. As well as fascinating images from Sun orbiting satellites. (Sign up to get a call when auroras appear over your home town.)  
 http://www.nineplanets.org/  OK, so there are eight planets. The site was named a while ago. Interesting tour of the Solar System.  
http://www.darksky.org/  International Dark Sky Association. Learn how to protect our night skies & set up safe, effective outside lighting.   
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/  Lively, fascinating, myth destroying site dedicated to accurate astronomy.
http://www.seds.org/Messier/  The Messier Catalog of deep sky objects.
http://www.davidpaulgreen.com/books.html  Great books for the amateur. 

ORGANIZATIONS 

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 http://www.astroleague.org/index.html  Astronomical League. Excellent general information site.  
http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/  Night Sky Network, a partnershipof amateur astronomy clubs.
 http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html NASA's main website. Information on manned and robotic missions; images from the Hubble Space Telescope; and much more.
http://www.astrosociety.org/ Astronomical Society of the Pacific provide materials & support to astronomy clubs for out reach projects. 

EQUIPMENT VENDORS 

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 http://www.optcorp.com/default.aspx  Oceanside Photo &Telescope, a major vendor of astronomy gear.
 http://www.buytelescopes.com/  Anacortes. Astronomy& birding scopes & accessories.
 http://www.celestron.com/mainf.htm  Celestron telescopes &binoculars.
 http://www.meade.com/  Meade telescopes.
 http://www.astronomics.com/main/  Astronomics. Telescopes & accessories.
 http://www.astromart.com/  Ebay-type site for astronomical equipment.
http://www.telescope.com/  Orion telescopes & accessories.Good site for beginner information. 

ASTRONOMY MAGAZINES & NEWSLETTERS 

Link Comments  
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/  Excellent all-purpose magazine and website. Good for beginners.  
http://www.astronomy.com/ Another good magazine and website.  
http://www.universetoday.com/  Online newsletter. 
  

FREE ASTRONOMY SOFTWARE 

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http://www.davidpaulgreen.com/tumol.html  Computer software for keeping & organizing your observations & locating objects.
 http://www.astrosurf.com/avl/UK_index.html  Virtual moon atlas. Best you will find at any price & it’s free 
http://www.stargazing.net/astropc/index.html – Planetarium program. As good as or better than most you will find. 
  

OBSERVING LISTS & TOOLS 

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http://pages.sbcglobal.net/raycash/dm600.htm  Objects from the Orion 600 Sky map.  
http://www.virtualcolony.com/sac/  Saguaro Astronomy Club’s Deep Sky Database. Online observing list generator(10,000 records).
 http://www.fourmilab.to/yoursky/  Online interactive planetarium.Print your own night sky maps. 
  

TELESCOPE REVIEWS 

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http://www.scopereviews.com/   By Ed Ting. Reviews & advice for buying your first telescope.  
http://www.cloudynights.com/  A place for astronomy buffs to go on cloudy nights! Reviews & advice on telescopes & other equipment. 

 ASTRONOMY DICTIONARIES – Places to go to understand new or obscure terms.

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http://users.skynet.be/sky03361/dictionary/dictionary.html Standard astronomy dictionary.  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/dictionary.htm#a  Children’s astronomy dictionary. 

MISCELLANEOUS 

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http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/mcdonald.html McDonald Observatory Fort Davis, TX. Lots of good news and educational information.  
http://www.inconstantmoon.com/inconstant.htm  Multimedia tours of the lunar surface. Cool site.   
http://www.weatherman.com/  Home page of Boston Weatherman Todd Gross. Great links, reviews & images.  
http://www.seti-inst.edu/  Looking for life “Out There.”
http://www.die.net/earth/   Neat  site showing Earth with real cloud patterns and computer-simulated night and day.
http://exoplanet.eu/catalog.php  Great site for information on newly-discovered Extra solar Planets.