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 # 88 (Fall 2015) Digital version now available. Print copies will mail the week of October 5th – Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.
Our Cover: Richard Wright shot this image at the Black Forest Star Party. Richard covered both Black Forest and the Nebraska Star Party in his article “Summer Star Parties”. We have more for the our observing enthusiasts with Dave Tosteson’s “Deep Sky Hunting” each issue. Dave’s new installment “Even Glory” tracks some interesting Planetary Nebulae and Dwarf Starburst galaxies. If you like the thrill of deep sky and large apertures, you will love following Dave.
Dave was also my neighbor on the upper field at the Texas Star Party this year. Dave writes about his perspective on this classic star party. Charlie Warren acted as his staff photographer. TSP is always a great time for astronomers and astrophotographers. In a separate article, we have pictorial coverage of the TSP amateur telescope making contest. Also on the ATM front, we have an article from the annual event “ScopeX”. Author Michael Moller writes about his “Journey Building His First Telescope”. We have science shorts on life on Mars, iPhone Science, Star Cluster aging, Orreries, Black Holes and Space Debris. 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”. Glen Ward shares his observing notebook in recording an Aurora.
Our Star Person this issue is Alan Dyer. Alan is a ball of astronomical energy with a passion for imaging the night sky through timelapse and nightscapes using a DSLR. Alan travels around the globe sharing his techniques at star parties and workshops as well as in his new iBook “How to Photograph and Process Nightscapes and Timelapses”. Get a behind the scenes look at Alan in this issue along with numerous samples of his gorgeous work. Alan wrote a terrific piece for us on creating time lapses in the Spring issue (#86). Sample some Fall gems with “Deep Sky Treasures: Sailing the Heavenly Sea“. Robert Reeves presents an up close look at the Straight Wall in his regular feature “Focus on the Moon”, which showcases some of his stunning lunar images. Vincent Foster weighs in on what books should be included on your shelf in his piece entitled “Building an Astronomical Library”. Jodi McCullough does a sensational job covering the Svalbard Eclipse. She and her husband traveled to Svalbard and brought home a life enduring memory and some remarkable images. 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.
“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