Thursday, May 28, 2009

Our small world

How to Buy a Telescope : Telescope Buying Guide: Refracting Telescopes

Lunar Earthside, Farside, and Polar Charts (LMP) Series

Deepsky Observer's Companion

The complete "Deepsky Observer's Companion" observing guide can now also be downloaded as a 640K PDF file.

The names of the moon

January: Old Moon, or Moon After Yule
February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, or Wolf Moon
March: Sap Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon
April: Grass Moon, or Egg Moon
May: Planting Moon, or Milk Moon
June: Rose Moon, Flower Moon, or Strawberry Moon
July: Thunder Moon, or Hay Moon
August: Green Corn Moon, or Grain Moon
September: Fruit Moon, or Harvest Moon
October: Harvest Moon, or Hunter’s Moon
November: Hunter’s Moon, Frosty Moon, or Beaver Moon
December: Moon Before Yule, or Long Night Moon

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Planisphere v2.0

Make your own planisphere. Download a free program from Jan Tosovsky website. (link..)

SAC'S 110 Best of the NGC Guide Book

NAVY Data Services

Rise/Set/Transit/Twilight Data

Phases of the Moon

Eclipses and Transits

Positions of Selected Celestial Objects

Synthetic Views of the Earth and Solar System Bodies


Celestial Navigation


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Telrad Messier object charts


Astro Helper

Free software to help the Dob users find DSOs in seconds not hours.

Tonight's Sky

This site will help you plan you observing sessions by helping you find objects of interest in your sky.


The "Juplet" Java applet shows the positions of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter, their shadows, and the great red spot

Cool IPhone App


The Caldwell Catalogue Telrad® Finder Charts

Caldwell Catalogue Telrad Charts

Make your own planisphere

make your own planisphere This is cool

Observing list generator for amateur astronomers

Observing list generator for amateur astronomers

Galaxies and Galaxy Clusters
Open and Globular Clusters
Bright and Dark Nebulae
Planetary Nebulae
All objects within a Constellation
The Herschel 2500 Objects by Constellation
Double Stars by Constellation

New search tool

Wolfram Alpha
a powerful new search tool geared at science, math and other data searches

another visual search engine currently in beta, is quietly emerging

a lesser known but ambitious project to organize data, also continues to grow

a visual search engine with really promising features continues to get better

Meade Telescope Serial Command Protocol

Meade Telescope Serial Command Protocol PDF

How to Build a Dobsonian Telescope

How to Build a Dobsonian Telescope

Cartes du Ciel Sky Charts

This program enables you to draw sky charts, making use of the data in 16 catalogs of stars and nebulae.
In addition the position of planets, asteroids and comets are shown.

Deep Sky catalogs

Historical Deep Sky Object List
ARVAL Catalog of Guide Stars
ARVAL Catalog of Bright Open Clusters
The ARVAL Catalog of Bright Globular Clusters
The ARVAL Catalog of Bright Galaxies
The ARVAL Catalog of Bright Nebulae
The ARVAL Catalog of Bright Planetary Nebulae
Messier Catalog, ordered by Season
The Jack Bennett Catalog
Southern Sky Binocular Club
Binocular Deep Sky observing beyond Messier

Estimating Limiting Magnitude

found this nice website

WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.

Worldwide telescope from Jesse Pickard on Vimeo.


Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

Free Beginners Star Atlas in PDF mag 4

intended to beginners for binocular observations, sky reviews, and wide field astrophotography
Format: A4
Charts number: 6
Stars: < 6 - 6,15m
Objects: < 8,75 - 9m
Dec. range: +90° - -90°
Software used: Cartes Du Ciel, Inkscape, Open Office, CutePDF (all freeware)

Download: (184kb) (184kb) (188kb) (182kb) (173kb) (204kb) (65kb)

FREE* Sky Maps Each Month

download latest issue

Monday, May 18, 2009

Some nice handbooks

Observing Challenges
all should download this

TriAtlas free


one word "nice"

free logs

Deep Sky Observation Form
Observing Log
Log and Sketch Template
Camera log
Telescope Checklist
Observation sheet 1
Observation sheet 2
Observation sheet 3
Caldwell Object Log
The Simple Observing Log
The Ultimate Messier Object Log

The Overlooked Objects Log

The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project

free star atlas

StarHopping 101

StarHopping 101

30 minute video describes how to

Star Hopping Guide to the Messier Marathon

Star Hopping Guide to the Messier Marathon

this is a good guide

Free star Charts

Free PDF Star Charts for the SFA Observatory

Download SFA Star Charts [PDF]

Online tools for astronomy

If you know of some more tool that would help this list post a comment

Moon's Phase
Astronomical Sky Calender
Daily Almanac
Hourly Airmass Tables
Object Seasonal Observability
Planetary Positions
Hartmann mask gen

This is the start

I would like this blog to be all about telescope big and small. Let me know if you would like to publish on this blog by sending me your email.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Night Sky This Week

This is a simple but very useful site which gives clear information on planetary cycles and notable sky events, including details on the most important asteroids, comets, and meteor showers.
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