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 # 94 (Spring 2017) Digital version available 4/02. Print copies will be mailed the week of April 1st – Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery.
Our Cover: Thor’s Helmet (NGC 2359) imaged by Richard Wright This object contains WR7, a Wolf Rayet star tying into our feature article. One of our feature articles this month is “Spectroscopy of Wolf Rayet Stars” using modest amateur equipment by… Stephen Spears. We have an exciting issue packed with content for our observers, imagers and telescope makers. In addition to our lead article, we have: Build an inexpensive Solar Finder, Fun with Asterisms, Getting the Most out of your DSLR Using your Custom Mode Settings, Sketching NGC 7009, Deep Sky Hunting “Tears In Heaven”, A System of Binoviewing, Star Party and Astronomical Calendar for 2017, Focus on the Moon with Robert Reeves, Deep Sky Treasures – A Loop Around Leo, Star People Mike and Tara Krzywonski, Milky Way Chronicles, Building an Equatorial Mount, Image Processing – Enhancing Cosmic Dust, Sketching the Moon, Sunspots and a Gallery of images including stunning shots by Bill Williams, Barry Riu, Jeff Johnson, Steve Cooper, Dan Good and Bruce Pipes.
We have updated our 2017 Astronomical Event and Star Party Calendar for many notable events that have pinned down their dates at this point in time. Deep Sky Treasures takes a tour of the galaxy rich area surrounding the constellation Leo. You can test your knowledge of astronomical trivia with the Professor “Nervo Shatterini” Quiz, and find out a bit more about our “Star People” this issue – Mike & Tara Krzywonski of Celestial Teapot. Find out more about how this couple developed an interest in astronomy and also turned it into a business producing planispheres and other items for amateur astronomers.
Robert Reeves contributes some more phenomenal lunar imaging and inspects Lunar look-alikes in “Focus on the Moon”. Charlie Warren takes over for David Lane this issue and continues the series “Milky Way Chronicles” with a selection of our host galaxy rising over the Okie Tex observing field. Charlie addresses issues involved with capturing and processing night scapes. We also have the solar observing feature “Sunspots” with detailed solar sketches. For our imagers, we have “Processing Cosmic Dust”. The image to the left is a result of these processing steps. Are you getting the most out of your DSLR? Read about setting up your custom settings dial to facilitate capture and minimize errors. Harry Roberts contributes several observing sketching articles. Matt Sztanko has an article on “Building and Equatorial Mount and John Raymond presents “A System of Binviewing”. 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.
“23 Years of Amateur Astronomy Magazine“
Available as a 2 DVD set.
Volume I contains issues 1 – 54
Volume II contains issues 55 – 92
Also available as a complete set of the entire 84 quarterly issues spanning 23 years