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 # 90 (Spring 2016) Digital version now available. Print copies will mail the week of April 4th – Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.
Our Cover: Presents a drone’s view shot of Barry Riu’s incredible astronomy compound. We feature a comprehensive walk through his three observatories, cover their design features and equipment. We also have an article on building a backyard observatory on a more limited budget. This issue’s “Star People” article focuses on Paul Gardner. Paul (with his family at right) has a remarkable story which tells of his interest in astronomy turning into a career as an opto-mechanical engineer working on some of the worlds largest telescope installations. We have more for the our observing enthusiasts with Dave Tosteson’s “Deep Sky Hunting” each issue. Dave’s new installment “Crash of the Titans” digs deep into some targets and explores the realm of fascinating ultra-compact dwarf galaxies. If you like the thrill of deep sky and large apertures, you will love following Dave. Deep Sky Treasures highlights some observing classics focused on celestial “Spring Flowers” this issue.
We are introducing two new regular features in the Spring issue: “Adventures in ATM” and “Milky Way Chronicles”. The former article includes notes from Andre Hiejkoop’s ATM journal. The latter will preview one of David Lane’s stunning Milky Way panoramas along with the “story behind the picture” and some tips to help you improve your own “nightscape” creations. This issue includes a second entry for our ATM crowd, “The Definitive Newtonian Reflector”. Ed Turco details his thoughts on design and construction. We review the SkyRis line of cameras, and have articles on two amateur astronomer discoveries: a Supernova and a new galaxy. We got great feedback on our first run at “Building an Astronomical Library”, so followed up with a Part II and some more recommendations for building your collection. 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 drills down on Plato – The Great Black Lake 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 a instructional article for our imagers on creating a custom sky glow flat, which helps eliminate those pesky color gradients when imaging from the “burbs”. 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