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Resources in Astronomy

A compilation of astronomy related resources to educate, to participate in, or to just enjoy.

Professional and quasi-professional organizations -
Amateur Observers' Program - Project to locate asteroids and comets: http://dawn-aop.astro.umd.edu/index.shtml
APOD - Astronomy Picture of the Day: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
APOD - Jupiter movie: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070329.html
Arizona State University - Space Exploration Resources: http://ser.sese.asu.edu/
Astronomy Magazine - See also Sky & Telescope Magazine below http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx
Atlas of the Universe - The Universe within 100 million lightyears: http://www.atlasoftheuniverse.com/virgo.html
Cornell University - Ask an Astronomer: http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/
D.A.T.A. - Demonstrations and Animations for Teaching Astronomy: http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/projects/data/
Galaxy Zoo - Project to classify galaxies; open to the public: http://galaxyzoo.org/Default.aspx
Galaxy Zoo - Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_Zoo
Google Earth - Sky: http://earth.google.com/sky/index.html
Heavens Above - Includes ISS Position: http://www.heavens-above.com/
Hubble Site - All things related to the Hubble telescope: http://hubblesite.org/
International Dark Sky Association - The Light Pollution Authority: http://www.darksky.org/
Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope - Software: http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/
NASA Satellite Sighting Information - Identifies ISS sightings for Arizona: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/region.cgi?country=United_States®ion=Arizona
NASA Television - Watch NASA TV on your PC: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
NASA/JPL - Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn & Titan: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm
NASA/JPL - Saturn Observation Campaign: http://soc.jpl.nasa.gov/viewing.cfm
NASA/JPL Home page - NASA/JPL News and links to NASA missions: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/
NASA/JPL Night Sky Network - Resource for Astronomy Clubs: http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/
NASA World Book - Index of World Book @ NASA Articles: http://www.nasa.gov/worldbook/index.html
Project HiRise - High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment: http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/
Resources for Teaching Astronomy: http://www.csun.edu/science/geoscience/astronomy/
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Explore the Universe: http://www.rasc.ca/eu/
Science at Nasa - Headline News: http://science.nasa.gov/default.htm
SEDS - Students for the Exploration and Development of Space: http://www.seds.org/
SEDS.Org - List of Common Deep Sky Catalogs: http://www.seds.org/Messier/xtra/supp/cats.html/
Sky & Telescope Interactive Star Chart: http://skychart.skytonight.com/observing/skychart/skychart.asp
Sky & Telescope Magazine - The venerable astronomy publication: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/
Sky-Map.org - Amazing on-line sky map software: http://www.sky-map.org/
Skymaps.com - Simple but effective sky charts: http://www.skymaps.com/
Space.com - A veritable space channel: http://www.space.com/
Spaceweather.com - Daily space digest: http://spaceweather.com/
Stellarium - Free Planetarium Software: http://www.stellarium.org/
STSci - Space Telescope Science Institute (note the Education Toolbox): http://oposite.stsci.edu/
Universe Awareness - an inspirational program for young children: http://www.unawe.org/
University of Arizona - Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter: http://skycenter.arizona.edu/
US Naval Observatory - Data Services: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/
US Naval Observatory - Home page: http://www.usno.navy.mil/

Below are vendors/suppliers of astronomy products and services -
Anacortes Telescope & Wild Bird: http://www.buytelescopes.com/
Astromart - website provided by Anacortes; includes classified ads of previously owned equipment: http://www.astromart.com/
Astronomics - Telescopes & Telescope Accessories: http://www.astronomics.com/main/Telescopes_and_Telescope_Accessories.asp/catalog_name/Astronomics/category_name/Home
Exploradome - A home observatory: http://www.explora-dome.com/
Global Rent-a-Scope - rent time on a telescope: http://www.global-rent-a-scope.com/
LifePixel - Infrared camera conversion services: Life Pixel
Oceanside Photo & Telescope: http://www.optcorp.com/
Seasonal Star Charts - Waterproof, colorful star charts: http://www.24hours7days.com/Astro/Seasonal_Star_Chart.html
SLOOH - Control a telescope over the internet: http://www.slooh.com/
Software Bisque - TheSkyX, TheSky6, among others: http://www.bisque.com/
Starizona - Adventures in Astronomy & Nature, located in Tucson, AZ: http://starizona.com/acb/
Woodland Hills Camera and Telescopes - Woodland Hills, CA: http://www.telescopes.net/doc/0

Places to visit/stay (astronomy Bed & Breakfasts) -
Arizona Sky Village - Portal, Arizona: http://www.arizonaskyvillage.com/
The Astronomer's Inn (defunct) - Benson, Arizona: http://www.astronomersinn.com/
New Mexico Skies - Mayhill, New Mexico: http://www.nmskies.com/

Internationally known amateur astronomers and astrophotographers ("today's heroes") -
Anthony Ayiomamitis - Astrophotography and exoplanet research: http://www.perseus.gr/
Bernard Hubl - Astrophotography: http://astrophoton.com/index.html
Christopher Go - NASA Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/02mar_redjr.htm
Christopher Go's Jupiter site: http://jupiter.cstoneind.com/
Ginger Mayfield - Sample tripod photo - good for students interested in photography: http://gallery.gmayfield.com/
Jerry Lodriguss - Catching the Light - Astrophotography by Jerry Lodriguss: http://www.astropix.com/INDEX.HTM
Johannes Schedler - Panther Observatory: http://panther-observatory.com/
Nicholas Outters - Astrophotography from France: http://www.astrosurf.com/nico-outters/astro/index.html
Robert Gendler - Whose many photos are featured on APOD: http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/
Russell Croman - Astrophotography: http://www.rc-astro.com/
(And, many more)

Astronomy Clubs -
Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of Pittsburgh: http://3ap.org/
East Valley Astronomy Club (EVAC) - Gilbert, AZ: http://www.eastvalleyastronomy.org/
Saguaro Astronomy Club - Phoenix, AZ: http://www.saguaroastro.org/
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League - Gold Canyon/Apache Junction, AZ: http://www.pbase.com/wjshaheen/superstition_mountain_astronomical_league
Tacoma Astronomical Society: http://www.tas-online.org/
(The list is still growing.)

The Teapot - A comparison of 2 images taken from Queen Valley Road (12 miles to the east) and from Peralta Trails, Gold Canyon, AZ, to illustrate the effect of light pollution. Combination of 2 images - DSC_606 and DSC_614.

Exposure data: Nikon D50, 18-70mm lens set to 18mm, f/3.5, 30 sec. @ ISO 800. Each photo is a single frame exposure.
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The Teapot - A comparison of 2 images taken from Queen Valley Road (12 miles to the east) and from Peralta Trails, Gold Canyon, AZ, to illustrate the effect of light pollution. Combination of 2 images - DSC_606 and DSC_614.

Exposure data: Nikon D50, 18-70mm lens set to 18mm, f/3.5, 30 sec. @ ISO 800. Each photo is a single frame exposure.