Resources

This is the resources page for everything an amateur astronomer needs to either get started or get better at loving the night sky.

You can see it is under construction, but I'd love to hear from you with any ideas of what else should be included on here - email me at: adam@LovetheNightSky.com with your thoughts, and don't forget to check back as I grow this list.​


Astronomy Blogs

This is a list of my favourite bloggers on the subject of astronomy, and a little bit of info about what their site focuses on:

Astronomy-Links.net is an incredibly comprehensive guide to the best astronomy blogs and resources on the Internet.​ You will not be lost for answers with this guide.

Amateur Astrophotography​ - An Ezine is published here every month that contains some of the most spectacular pictures, like the ones I post on the Love the Night Sky Facebook page.

Astroblog​ - Ian Musgrave is an amateur astronomer based in Adelaide, Australia. He writes on his blog several times a week and is a great source of detailed information for the southern night sky.

Bad Astronomy - A massive blog from Slate writes every day about astronomy, space and (as they say in their tagline) the entire universe.​

The Space Writer​ - This site is written on most days by Carolyn Collins Peterson, an acclaimed space science and astronomy writer. Her posts do a great job of capturing the awe of our solar system and universe with an almost poetic writing style.

Sky Lights​ - Is a blog written weekly for over ten years(!) by Dan Heim. He covers the whole sky, including meteorology, but his posts on astronomy are insightful and thought-provoking.


Astronomy Books

I'm really enjoying this book by Carolyn Collins Peterson (of The Space Writer, above). In it she simply takes apart everything an astronomer could be interested in, from planets to galaxies and nebulae to the Sun, and describes in simple but beautiful writing exactly what's going on, why and how we learned about it.

Turn Left at Orion is a 'must have' for the backyard astronomer. It not only shows you the best sights in the night sky, but also exactly what they'll look like in a small and medium telescope and how to star-hop your way to finding them!


Astronomy Clubs

In my experience, there is no better way of finding your way around the a telescope and the night sky than with the help of other amateurs.

You can click on this link to get to the clickable map for every astronomy club in the USA.


Astronomical League

The Astronomical League is an umbrella organisation which promotes amateur astronomy to the general public of America (you can become a member-at-large if you're outside the USA). 

Over 200 of the astronomy clubs  mentioned above are affiliated to the Astronomical League, and we heartily recommend you join through your club or, if  you're not a club member at this time, through this link.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

The ASP has a mission to connect scientific advances with the general public. Specifically to astronomy, they are a nonprofit organisation over 100 years old.

They work closely with NASA and help schools, astronomy clubs, etc with toolkits, guides and so on. Click this link to go to their homepage and sign up for membership.


Magazine Subscritions for Astronomers

My personal favourite is Sky & Telescope Magazine (you can read my review here) but these three are all great.

Sky & Telescope
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Moon Observations

These websites will help plan your moon observing activities:

To get the most out of observing the moon, I strongly recommend spending less than $10 on a moon map, click here to buy the one that I use from Philips.

Read my detailed guide to observing the moon by clicking here, or on the image.

How to Observe the Moon

Stellarium - FREE 3D Skymap

Stellarium is a 'must have' piece of software for planning a night's viewing.

It is absolutely FREE to download, and can be grabbed by clicking on this link for both PC and Mac.

Below are the three tutorial videos (each is about 6 minutes long) that I found on YouTube that were a great help in getting me started with it.​


Sky Atlas and Astronomy Flashlight

When you're outside at the scope star-hopping to tonight's NGC object of desire... you will need a sky atlas and a red light to see it with.

There is only one choice for me, which is the Pocket Sky Atlas by Roger W. Sinnot and this Rigel Systems Starlight Red Flashlight ​(recommended on the Cloudy Nights astronomy forum) so you can see it without ruining your dark-adjusted eyes.


The Night Sky Today and This Week

Can't decide what to look at in the night sky if it's clear?

Fortunately for all of us, EarthSky provides a daily note of interest for today's night sky.​

But, for some slightly longer term planning, there is no beating Sky & Telescope Magazine's 'This Week's Sky at a Glance' section.


Please email me with resources you think should be on here: adam@LovetheNightSky.com

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