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 # 95 (Summer 2017) Digital version available 6/30. Print copies will be mailed the week of July 1st – Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery.
Our Cover: Alan Dyer used a modest telephoto lens and a DSLR camera set to auto exposure and triggered the camera with an intervalometer to capture this cover scene of the eclipsed Sun over the South Pacific ocean on July 21, 2009. Alan’s article on how to capture an eclipse souvenir using a variety of methods from cell phones to sophisticated tracking is one of our feature articles. Alan covers everything from equipment to planning, testing and executing in preparation for the big eclipse in August. We have an exciting issue packed with content for our observers, imagers and telescope makers. In addition to our lead article, we have: several eclipse inspired writings, Fun with Asterisms, Deep Sky Hunting, an exclusive excerpt from “The Light-Hearted Astronomer Observes Again”, Deep Sky Treasures” – Leavitt, Shapley Globular Clusters, which includes an excellent “Glorious Globulars” observing list, an advanced ATM project, Star Party and Astronomical Calendar for 2017, Focus on the Moon with Robert Reeves, Star People Craig and Tammy Temple, Milky Way Chronicles – how to find critical focus, Astronomical Sketching, Image Processing techniques – Dealing with noise in PixInsight, 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 People” this issue – Craig and Tammy Temple who have found their niche in the hobby imaging. Another of our feature articles is an exclusive preview of Ken Fulton’s new book “The Light-Hearted Astronomer Observes Again”. Many found inspiration through his original book “The Light-Hearted Astronomer” in the 1980’s and 90’s.
Robert Reeves contributes some more phenomenal lunar imaging and discusses and illustrates how familiar landmarks becomes a zone of mystery during “Terminator Madness” 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 dinosaur – OK – you have to see this one. David also delves into finding critical focus with your DSLR. Andr Heijkoop delivers another excellent article on advanced ATM projects. This one focused on a 24″ f/3.7 GoTo dobsonian. We also have the solar observing feature “Sunspots“. Well known solar imager John ONeal covers the NEAF solar star party. For our image processors, Jon Talbot deals with noise abatement techniques using PixInsight tools. 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.
“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