One of the most interesting aspects of AA is the opportunity to learn more about other amateur astronomers. Robert Reeves has written Star People, a column providing behind the scenes looks at what makes astronomers tick. Featured are not only well known astronomers, but many feature columns about regular everyday observers who have contributed to the hobby as well as those who manufacture products for astronomy.
If you have ever entertained the idea of your own observatory, then these articles will fill you full of ideas! Jack Newton’s first observatory was visited by AA, and later we visited his new Astronomy Bed and Breakfast in Canada, as well as his CCD Imaging school in Florida. In The House of Obsessions, Dave Kriege wrote an excellent article on building a very large roll-off roof building. Al George’s 15″ refractor was featured in one article, and Dick Aduci wrote about building, and then rebuilding the Eagle Observatory. Ron Parmentier’s 30″ cassegrain was featured also, and Tim Hunter wrote an excellent two-part article called Your Own Observatory – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. We have more on automating observatories and observatory design.
AA has run hundreds of timeless, observing articles. Susan French has written a couple of great articles, including Gems of the Camel-Leopard and Autumn’s Number One Deep Sky Objects. Steve Coe wrote a regular column called What’s Up for many years and John Davis has taken over with Deep Sky Treasures. We have covered The Abell Clusters, the Caldwell catalogue and many other selections. Everyone loves observing lists, and we have had quite a few. Three of the largest were Vic Menard’s excellent works, The Southern Sky Challenge and The Best of the Herschel 400, and The Menard 400 (The 400 Finest Deep Sky Objects in the Night Sky.) Every issue is chock full of new observing articles and techniques for Lunar, planetary, deep sky, large and small aperture – we cover it all.
Amateur Astronomy has run many articles on imaging. Webcams, DSLRs, CCDs, Video, photometry, and spectroscopy – you name it, we have tips on how to get started and get the most out of your chosen venue for capturing your favorite targets and events. Noted astrophotographers Jack Newton, Bill Williams, Tony Hallas and Robert Reeves and many others have contributed articles on gathering photons as well as processing your data.
This was our genesis. We have run hundreds of articles on building, collimating, modifying and improving you telescope and some unique contributions on design specifications.