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 23 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 # 96 (Fall 2017) Digital version available 9/30. Print copies will be mailed the week of September 25 – Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery.
Our Cover: Jay Ballauer shot this beautiful total eclipse shot on August 21st from Hopkinsville, KY. It shows the full solar corona and some moon details revealed by earthshine. We have complete coverage of this amazing event from a number of perspectives in one of our feature articles as well as our subscribers gallery collection of images from experiences during the total solar eclipse. We have an exciting issue packed with content for our observers, imagers and telescope makers. In addition to our lead article, we have: Fun with Asterisms, Deep Sky Hunting, Deep Sky Treasures” – Leavitt, Shapley Globular Clusters Part II, an advanced ATM project, Star Party and Astronomical Calendar for 2017/2018, Focus on the Moon with Robert Reeves, Star Person Jeff Johnson, Milky Way Chronicles – fighting off dew, Astronomical Sketching, Image Processing techniques, Sunspots and a Gallery of images including stunning shots by a number of our subscribers.
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. You can test your knowledge of astronomical trivia with the Professor “Nervo Shatterini” Quiz, and find out a bit more about our “Star Person” this issue – Jeff Johnson who found his niche in the hobby imaging. Another of our feature articles deals with an “Easy Fix for Astigmatism”. We review the new SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Mini with its intuitive Phone/Tablet interface.
Robert Reeves contributes some more phenomenal lunar imaging and discusses and illustrates how familiar landmarks become fascinating targets. This issue he deals with Nectoris and the first of the Moon’s Surviving IMpact basins in the feature “Focus on the Moon”. David Lane hosts the series “Milky Way Chronicles” with a selection of our host galaxy rising over a beautiful Oregon coast (left). David also avoiding issues with dew, particularly when in a coastal location like this. We also have the solar observing feature “Sunspots“. Well known solar imager John ONeal covers the BoBfest solar event and Mike Foster discusses the “solar vector”. Bailee Clark visits “The Place Where the Stars Still Shine” and reminds us what skies look like absent urban light pollution. Finally we have our regular gallery of “Parting Shots”, which presents inspirational images from amateur astronomers around the globe. This issue we focus on our subscribers solar eclipse images as well as images from their outreach or group events.
“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