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 # 87 (Summer 2015) Digital version now available. Print copies will mail the week of July 6th – Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.
Our Cover: Charlie Warren shot this image of Amateur Astronomy’s newest contributing editor; Dave Tosteson at the eyepiece of his 30″ telescope at the Texas Star Party. Dave is a Deep Sky observer who will be sharing his adventures at the eyepiece in the column “Deep Sky Hunting” each issue. Dave has two installment for us in this issue: “Farthest Lensed Quasar” and “Genesis”. If you like the thrill of deep sky and large apertures, you will love following Dave.
Robert Reeves visits with his old friend David Levy and he shares what Dave has been up to lately. Follow along and learn more about this famous author and comet hunter. In our new Product section, check out the stats on the newest offering from Mallincam. The SkyRaider is their first USB camera. Stephen Ramsden shares his experience as he records and shares a massive solar filament on Google Hangout. Robert Reeves does what he does best in Focus on the Moon: Tales of the Farside. While on the subject of the Moon; Harry Roberts shares his beautiful sketches and discusses “Kies and the mysterious valley”.
Our Star People this issue are Randy and Pamela Shivak. Randy and Pam have been solar enthusiasts for a long time. Randy is also a talented instrument maker and solar imager who recently had a stunning APOD and will be featured in an upcoming article in “Discover” magazine. You can catch up with the latest Star Parties and astronomical events with our Event calendar. Sample some Summer gems with “Deep Sky Treasures: Summer Delicacies“. For those who like to delve deeper, we have a terrific article on “Low Resolution Spectroscopy of Wolf-Rayet Stars” using inexpensive filters and software. Whether you decide to try your hand at spectroscopy or not, you will find this article gives a fascinating perspective on these intriguing stars. For our imagers we have another selection from Scott Rosen who instructs on how to effectively image and combine narrowband data with RGB data. We also have the solar observing feature “Sunspots” by Harry Roberts and Mike Lockwood of Lockwood Customer Optics visits Tom and Jeannie Clark, Amateur Astronomy’s founding editor at the New Mexico Astronomy Village. He delivers the 42″ mirror, which he refigured and helped install to put “The 42 inch Beast” back online.
“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