Imaging Software • Observation Help • Star Charts & Atlases • Look-up Tools
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All of the websites are free, of course. The "FREE" below refers to software downloads.
CAP Journal (Communicating Astronomy with the Public) This is a free journal, print or online, for those who do astronomy education for the public. http://www.capjournal.org/index.php
Information about converting a webcam for astronomical imaging
Messier45 and Deep Sky Browser Browser gives starmaps and data about selected objects http://www.messier45.com
Cloudy Nights Telescope reviews, telescope
building, and observing notes
Also check out Tom Trusock's Small Wonders on this site. Nice guide to small telescope objects http://www.telescopereviews.com/category.php?category_id=170
Sky Insight Keep in touch with others (our just eavesdrop) with newsgroups. Check on the latest space news. http://skyinsight.net/index800.html This site has not been updated since 2008.
Night Sky Network NASA/JPL Astronomy club network http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/
NJ Night Sky
Astronomers resource. Lots of information for the beginner and a place for
veterans to share. http://njnightsky.com/nuke/html/index.php
Newtonian Telescope design software FREE Software to help you design your Newtonian telescope. http://home.att.net/~dale.keller/atm/newtonians/newtsoft/newtsoft.htm
Telescope Designer software
from NOVA Optical Systems. FREE
Software to analyze your telescope design.
mirrors for your telescope building project. Cosmic Voyage http://members.aol.com/billferris/index.html
A general site for amateur astronomers by Bill Ferris.
Bill Ferris has discovered many NEO's, Comets and an Asteroid.
American Association of Amateur Astronomers http://www.astromax.com
Amateur Astronomer Magazine http://www.amateurastronomy.com/
Spectroscopy, CCD and Astronomy http://www.astrosurf.com/buil/ Everything about CCD imaging and how to do it.
for the Amateur http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/astro/astrowhat.html
Film photography may be on the way out (too
bad). Here's a place for information if you want to try it. Astrophotography
Information on astrophotography all on one page.
QuickCam astrophotography http://www.vub.ac.be/STER/www.astro/AstroCCD/AstroQC.htm One amateurs attempts at astrophotography with an inexpensive webcam. Learn from another's experience.
Astronomy Basics from Sky & Telescope magazine http://skyandtelescope.com/howto/basics/
Basics from Celestron http://www.celestron.com/education/tel4ast.htm
Good, overall information about telescopes.
Astronomical Data Center http://adswww.harvard.edu/ Find all your data here.
Amateur Radio Astronomers http://www.qsl.net/SARA/ Take you hobby to a new level. (or is that wavelength?)
Setting Circles printout software http://www.startrak.co.uk/MakingSettingCircles.htm
Hobby Space http://www.hobbyspace.com/index.html Lots of links and information on how to get involved in space/astronomy as a hobby from science fiction to building your own satellite.
Simulator Spend a cloudy night
showing a newbe how the moon, or a selection of other objects, would look if you
could see it. Change eyepieces, aperture, etc. http://www.scopesim.com/
IRIS astronomical image processing software. FREE software. http://www.astrosurf.com/buil/us/iris/iris.htm
StellaImage astronomical image processing software FREE TRIAL VERSION http://www.sciencecenter.net/hutech/a-arts/
Astra Image astronomical image processing software. FREE http://www.phasespace.com.au/
AstroSnap Software for combining webcam images. FREE and PAY versions http://www.astrosnap.com/
AstroStack Software to stack video images into a still image. FREE http://www.astrostack.com/
R-Spec Software and grating for spectrography. Use with your CCD or webcam. Haven't tried it, but looks good. (Not free.) http://www.rspec-astro.com/
Tonight's Sky Website generates an observing list according to your criteria inputs. Nicely done. http://tonightssky.com/
GraphDark Software to create and print rise, transit, set charts for all planets, moon, and sun. Plus more. FREE http://home.clara.net/rfleet/graphdark/gdkindex.html
ACME Mapper find your lat and long. http://mapper.acme.com/
CalSky Produce your own personal calendar of sky events. FREE http://www.calsky.com/
Cartes du Ceil "Sky Charts" Sky Chart/Planetarium program. FREE http://www.stargazing.net/astropc/
CyberSky Sky Chart/Planetarium program. SHAREWARE http://www.cybersky.com/
Deep Sky Database Generates an observing list of the type of object selected. FREE http://www.virtualcolony.com/sac/
RTGUI "Real Time Astronomy" Observing planning with telescope control. FREE http://www.rtgui.com/
StarGaze Sky Chart/Planetarium program. FREE http://www.skymapper.co.uk/html/stargaze.html
Astronomy Lab "Astronomy Lab 2 is a comprehensive astronomy prediction, graphing, and simulation program"
Stig's Sky Calendar Rise - Set times for planets, the moon, etc. JAVA FREE http://www.skycalendar.com/skycal/index.html Offline version http://www.skycalendar.com/download/ (not win7 64 bit compatable)
Astro Helper Astronomical viewing planning help. FREE http://casazza.net/astrohelper/
Astro Planner Astronomical viewing planning help. FREE TRIAL VERSION http://www.ilangainc.com/astroplanner/index.html
SunTimes Sunrise/set calculator. FREE http://www.fv01.dial.pipex.com/suntimes.shtml
Star Date online sun rise and set calculator. Creates screen or print version for any month. http://www.stardate.org/nightsky/riseset/
Zipinfor.com Find your latitude and longitude by zip code. http://www.zipinfo.com/search/zipcode.htm
David Paul Green's Astro Software Helpful programs to help you keep track of your observing. FREE http://www.davidpaulgreen.com/software.html
Catskills Astronomy Club
A calculator to figure out your telescopes limiting
magnitude. NGC/IC Project
about NGC and IC galaxies. Database, Observing list generator. More.
Star Charts & Atlases
Binocular Sky http://www.wains.co.uk/ Free monthly pdf guide to binocular sky viewing. Other information on this site also.
US Navel Observatory http://aa.usno.navy.mil/ Create Sun and Moon rise and set time charts specific to your location.
"The SkyGX Project is the working group title for the
ongoing efforts of a small cadre of dedicated individuals to create and
ultimately publish the greatest general all-sky atlas ever: " Very nice star
Deep Sky Browser FREE http://www.messier45.com/cgi-bin/dsdb/dsb.pl
Charts from SFA Observatory
Equitorial star charts and polar charts
like the ones from Sky & Telescope FREE
Star chart viewer based on the SFA charts - nice!
Mag 7 Atlas Charts Very nice set of charts in color or Black & White (PDF) FREE http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=1052
Sky Maps (PDF) Printable monthly sky map. FREE http://www.skymaps.com/
AAVSO charts for variable star observing FREE http://www.aavso.org/charts/
Ultimate Messier Object Log & others. Sky maps, logbook. very versatile and useful. FREE http://www.davidpaulgreen.com/software.html
Clear Sky Clock Go here to find out what the next 24 hours will bring to your sky. Fairly reliable sky conditions forecast.
Time Zone Finder
(Also area codes, latitude/longitude, sunrise, other info)
City, Country, or Continent