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 24 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 # 98 (Spring 2018) Digital version available 04/02/18. Print copies will be mailed the week of April 05 – Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery.
Our cover features a nightscape view of Stardust Ranch in Okeechobee Florida. It is home to an annual invitational, which combines the love of astronomy and gastronomy. In this issue, we review the site, the observatories, the people, the informal teaching sessions and of course we are obligated to mention the delicious food as well.
The image of the colorful area around NGC 2170 at right was shot during the 2018 Invitational by astrophotographer Jon Talbot, who also gave informative sessions on PixInsight workflows.
We have lots of great content for our observers, imagers and Amateur Telescope Makers in this issue.
In This Issue:
My Partial Eclipse: Thoughts about the 2017 event by someone who was unable to travel to an area of totality, but nonetheless made this an interesting and instructional event by turning to Hipparchus for instruction and inspiration.
Observing and Sketching the Moon: Pristine Proclus – Also well-known lunar imager Robert Reeves drills down on “The Colorful Aristarchus Plateau”
In Focus – A Hit and Run in Aries with NGC 772
Deep Sky Hunting – The Largest Object in the Universe covers the other end of the spectrum with a search for elusive objects using a large aperture telescope.
The 2018 Star Party Calendar has been updated.
Astronomical Sketching – we have two entries this issue with the authors using different approaches
Deep Sky Treasures – Galaxy Hunting At Virgo’s Feet
Remembering John Davis (author of Deep Sky Treasures)
Star People: Stephanie Anderson – co-owner of Cloud Break Optics
Milky Way Chronicles – Hunting Orion The Hunter
The Harlan Smith Telescope: The Telescope Too Tough to Die.
Photoshop Techniques: Using the High Pass filter and the Selective Color tool
Deep Sky Target – Stephen’s Quintet
Gallery of Images by our subscribers
We have updated our 2018 Astronomical Event and Star Party Calendar for many notable events that have pinned down their dates at this point in time, so you can start to plan your astronomical vacations early.
“24 Years of Amateur Astronomy Magazine“
Available as a 2 DVD set.
Volume I contains issues 1 – 54
Volume II contains issues 55 – 96
Also available as a complete set of the entire 96 quarterly issues spanning 24 years