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 # 89 (Winter 2016) Digital version now available. Print copies will mail the week of January 5th – Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.
Our Cover: Sara Wager shot our cover image of NGC 6820 this issue. Sara is an astrophotographer who is a British transplant living and imaging from Spain. You can see lots more of her beautiful work and get “her story” in the “Star People” article. We have more for the our observing enthusiasts with Dave Tosteson’s “Deep Sky Hunting” each issue. Dave’s new installment “Chimera” digs deep into some targets and explores their expanded reach into other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. If you like the thrill of deep sky and large apertures, you will love following Dave.
Those who know me, know I love star parties. In this issue I cover the recent Chiefland Star Party, with a return to their old venue on the front club observing field. Share some virtual time with me under dark skies with other enthusiasts. We have a couple of equipment reviews in this issue. One is specific (New Posi-Drive by Feather Touch) and the other more general discussing the importance of contrast in eyepieces. We also cover some of the most useful astronomy apps that we have come across. Jaspal Chadha reviews techniques for imaging under light polluted skies. He knows well as he images from his light polluted garden in London. 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”. Julian Grajewski opens his observing notebook and shares one of his more memorable observing sessions.
Robert Reeves contributes some more phenomenal lunar imaging and drills down on Theophilus, Cyrilus and Catharina in his regular feature article “Focus on the Moon”. Sample some Winter gems in Eridanus with “Deep Sky Treasures: Rollin on the River“. Dr. George Trimble brings out the geek in us as he walks us through the process of determining the length of a year using visual observations. We also have the solar observing feature “Sunspots” by Harry Roberts. Finally we have our regular gallery of “Parting Shots”, which presents inspirational images from amateur astronomers around the globe. For our DIY crowd we have plans for building a Foucault tester with basic tools that most everyone has and material easily purchased from a local hardware supply store.
“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