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 # 91 (Summer 2016) Digital version now available. Print copies will mail the week of June 27th – Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.
Our Cover: A shot of the observing field during the Tennessee Spring Star Party at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Our Star Party article in this issue covers several events, including TNSSP and TSP. Also in this issue, we evaluate the Sky-Watcher Mak/Cas coupled with a Skyris camera as a planetary/lunar imaging platform. Noted nightscape photographer Davdi Lane also compares two panoramic imaging platforms: the iPano and the Gigapan. We have more for the our observing enthusiasts with Dave Tosteson’s “Deep Sky Hunting”. Dave’s new installments “Voorwerpjes” and “Trebuchet”” dig deep into some targets and explores the realm of fascinating deep sky galactic phenomena. 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 “Seeing Dark (nebulae) in the Dark” this issue. These are some great targets to add your your next observing or imaging session list.
We have the second installments of two new regular features: “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, “Stray Light Suppression”. 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 drills down on Iconic Tycho 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 an instructional article for our imagers on creating a workflow in PixInsight. This is installment One with more to come. We cover the Mercury transit from May 19th and public outreach. Our “Star Person” this month is Mike Peoples and Dr. Jerry Galloway stimulates our grey matter with “Gravity Does Not Exist”. 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