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Astronomy Links

   

The Internet is full of resources on all aspects of the amateur astronomy hobby. The links below are some of the OAC's favorites. The topics are:

Links within a topic are organized alphabetically


Reference

Virtual Atlas of the Moon - This software, realized by Patrick Chevalley and Christian Legrand can visualize the Moon aspect for every date and hour. It permits also to study lunar formations with a unique database and pictures library compiled by Christian Legrand. It's conceived to be easily usable "in the field" according to observing session needs, but also to study "at home" the Moon and its relief.

Clear Sky Clock - This is a cool site which attempts to show at a glance when we might expect clear and dark skies for a particular observing site. It is specifically intended for amateur astronomers. The Michigan locations for these predictions can be found here. The Addison Oaks site can be found here.

SEDS - Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. An exhaustive reference of anything remotely related to astronomy or space science. One major highlight of this site is its comprehensive Messier catalog. Every amateur should have a bookmark to this site!

Weather Underground - weather forecasts for Rochester Hills, Michigan

Skymaps.com - check out "What's Up" by looking at the free monthly sky maps available on this web page!

Deepsky - Here is some very nice star charting software for the PC at a decent price.

Cartes du Ciel Sky Charts - Here is some very nice star charting software for the PC at an even more decent price, it's free! It also works in tangent with Deepsky 2002.

The Fournier Lunar Atlas - Here's a nice lunar atlas for you moon afficionados!

SkyWatch Astronomy Links - The SkyWatch service includes a number of astronomy information links on the web.


Equipment Information

The ATM Page - A WWW Resource for Amateur Telescope Making

Ed Ting's 'Scope Reviews - Ed is a collector of telescopes; he's has looked through a lot of them over the years and can be considered an authority on equipment evaluation. If you're in the market for optical equipment, his review site is an invaluable resource.

Todd Gross' Equipment Talk - Boston area meterologist Todd Gross has an extensive page with reviews of amateur products; telescopes, eyepieces, and many other types of equipment. Another place to stop before you buy!

Weasner's Mighty ETX Site - This is an EXCELLENT site for all of you Meade ETX users out there that need a comprehensive resource to keep those ETX scopes operating the way they were intended!

Orion Telescopes & Binoculars - Orion has some very nice scopes at very affordable prices, compared to many other scope manufacturers.
 
ScopeStuff - The place to find tube rings, dovetail plates, power supply plugs, adaptors and a wide variety of accessories and hardware.   Owner Jim Henson is very helpful in finding what you need.   FREE shipping too!

ScopeTronics - Here is a reputable telescope and equipment supplies dealer if you have some extra money just hanging around doing nothing!

Astronomics - Yet another reputable telescope and equipment supplies dealer that also has some very good reference information on many items you may be interested in purchasing.


General Information

Astronomy Magazine - the world's largest English-language magazine for Astronomy hobbyists. Produced by Kalmbach Publishing Co., it is read by over 300,000 persons each month.

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) - a new astronomy related picture posted each day, with explantory text and links to more info. A great addition to any stargazer's bookmarks!

Astronomy Throughout the Net - A Free Monthly E-Zine with Current Astronomy News, Product Review, and more.

Budget Astronomy - If you have kids (or you're a life-long learner yourself),  this site offers tips on getting started in backyard Astronomy..

Sky and Telescope Magazine - The other major astronomy magazine, it tends to be a little more technical than Astronomy magazine.

StarDate Online - Non-technical information about astronomy and space exploration, including stargazing tips, FAQs, sky almanac, solar system guide, StarDate magazine articles, and K-12 teacher resources. StarDate Online is the web companion to the popular syndicated radio program.

Universe Today - Space news from around the Internet, updated every weekday.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) - NASA's lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system.


Organizations and Individuals

Ford Amateur Astronomy Club - Astronomy club based in Dearborn, Michigan.

McMath-Hulbert Solar Observatory - This historic observatory is Oakland County's best kept secret. Located across from Great Lakes Crossing Mall, it is open to the public every Sunday from 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Northern Cross Observatory - NCO is located in Fenton, Michigan and is used by several area clubs as an observing site. The site is full of good info!

Warren Astronomical Society - Astronomical society based in Warren, Michigan.

University Lowbrow Astronomers - Astronomical Society based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with ties to the University of Michigan.




If you know of any astronomy related websites that should be in our list, please email this information to OAC Webmaster.


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