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 # 93 (Winter 2017) Digital version available 12/30. Print copies will be mailed the week of January 1st – Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.
Our Cover: We have different images on the cover of the digital and print versions this issue, but both originate from my time at the Okie Tex Star Party. This is one of my favorite star parties and in my article I detail many of the reasons why. To summarize; great skies, great people, great location and lots of world class telescopes. What more can an amateur astronomer ask for. We open this issue with a number of “shorts” covering the latest in astronomical discoveries. Our first feature article is a continuation of a series on Amateur Telescope Making by Andre Hejikoop (one sketch is located below). This one delves into Advanced ATM. Harry Roberts reviews NGC 55 and presents a gorgeous eyepiece sketch of this notable galaxy. Dave Tosteson’s “Deep Sky Hunting” pays a visit to the land of “Black Widow Pulsars”. These complex objects are interesting and worthy “challenge” targets for our large aperture crowd. Don Pensack presents his Fabulous 500 list for small and medium sized telescopes. This list of 502 of his favorites has been distilled down over the decades from some 11,200 objects he has logged.
We have updated our 2017 Astronomical Event and Star Party Calendar for many notable events that have pinned down their dates at this early juncture. Deep Sky Treasures takes a slightly different angle this issue tracking down some fun asterisms in the area of Orion in an article titled “Orion’s Orrery”. Many of these selections are best spotted with binoculars, others a small, wide field telescope. 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 – Bob Moore. Bob is probably best known for his stewardship of NEAIC (Northeast Astronomical Imaging Conference). Bob and his daughter jumped in with both feet back in 2004 and have had some remarkable experiences.
Robert Reeves contributes some more phenomenal lunar imaging and inspects Mare Orientale, an Eastern Sea on the Western side of the moon in “Focus on the Moon”. David Lane continues his series “Milky Way Chronicles with another beautiful selection of our host galaxy arching over Bridal Falls. David addresses the challenges nightscape photographers face with distortion in large panoramic images and how he solves it. We also have the solar observing feature “Sunspots” with detailed solar sketches. This issue has the third installment of an instructional article for our imagers on creating a workflow in PixInsight by Jon Talbot. This article covers “Stretching, Combining to LRGB and Enhancing”. One of the results of Jon’s work is the image of M33 below. Harry Roberts uses the LMC as the subject for his “Sketching in the South” article. I think you will enjoy identifying the individual components of this target as well as Harry’s sketching techniques. 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