We are a printed forum of the activities relating to Amateur Astronomers around the world. Our magazine is written by amateur astronomers, for amateur astronomers.
Over the course of the past 21 years, we have covered telescopes, large and small, amateur telescope making (ATM), mirror grinding, collimating tips, observing techniques, astronomical equipment reviews, home observatories, professional observatories, observing lists, profiles of amateur astronomers, star parties, dark sites, imaging tips and techniques, observing logs, astronomical travel logs, astronomy businesses and their owners, DIY astronomical projects, cosmology, science and astronomy outreach. In short, we are about all the things and people that make this hobby special.
In The Current Issue # 92 (Fall 2016) Digital version now available. Print copies mailed the week of October 3rd – Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.
Our Cover: David Lane with one of his beautiful Milky Way Nightscape creations. David is the subject of our “Star Person” profile this issue, as well as the author of the regular feature “Milky Way Chronicles”. In this feature David details some of the issues involved with shooting these types of images and covers some tips to improve your own results. We present an overview of the Bro Database, a new resource for amateur astronomers. Julian Grajewski recounts an observing experience from south of the border, and I offer a new series entitled “Less Conspicuous Gems”, featuring NGC 2362. Dave Tosteson’s “Deep Sky Hunting” delves into the land of the “Forsaken” of unattached globular clusters. Dave also happens to be a physician and discusses means of maximizing your observing by “Managing Your Observing Health”. Deep Sky Treasures highlights some observing classics in Scutum and we also feature NGC 6397 as an observing / sketching target. These are some great targets to add your your next observing or imaging session list.
Our feature article this issue is written by master optical designer Mike Lockwood. Mike goes in depth in his “Modern Guide to Mirror Support. Mike leaves no stone unturned in handling this topic. William Rust does an excellent job in the article “Drift Method Analysis”. If sketching is your thing, or you would like to try your hand, we have three selections based on lunar and deep sky objects. You can test your knowledge of astronomical trivia with the Professor “Nervo Shatterini” Quiz, and update your calendar for upcoming star parties and astronomical events with our “Event Calendar”.
Robert Reeves contributes some more phenomenal lunar imaging and reviews non-round craters in his regular feature article “Focus on the Moon”. We also have the solar observing feature “Sunspots” and some astronomy news and science “shorts. We have the second installment of an instructional article for our imagers on creating a workflow in PixInsight. This is installment Two with more to come. Finally we have our regular gallery of “Parting Shots”, which presents inspirational images from amateur astronomers around the globe. I am constantly amazed at the quality of images produced by our subscribers.
“21 Years of Amateur Astronomy Magazine“
Available as a 2 DVD set.
Volume I contains issues 1 – 54
Volume II contains issues 55 – 84
Also available as a complete set of the entire 84 quarterly issues spanning 21 years