Jump to content

Toggle Announcements and News Announcements and News

  Forum Stats Last Post Info

Cloudy Nights Announcements

News from the Cloudy Nights team pertaining to the website and forums

  • 632 topics
  • 539 replies
Here's wishing all of y... - last post by Tom T

Discussion of CN Articles, Reviews, and Reports

A place to discuss the articles posted on Cloudy Nights

Forum moderators: droid
  • 2168 topics
  • 24122 replies
Thoughts about the new Mead... - last post by Bill Steen

Celestial Events

Welcome to Celestial Events, a bulletin board for announcements about currently or soon to be observable astronomical events. Need a finder chart for that bright comet? Want to know when the next meteor shower will peak? Looking for suggestions on what to observe? Visit regularly for answers to all your questions about what's happening now in the celestial show.If folks want to discuss these events, the staff of Cloudy Nights invites you to start or join a thread in the appropriate observing forum. Celestial Events is for announcements only.

Forum moderators: Dave Mitsky
  • 188 topics
  • 26 replies
First 100 Minor Planets at... - last post by edosaurusrex

Toggle General Astronomy General Astronomy

  Forum Stats Last Post Info

Beginners Forum

A place for people new to the hobby to ask their questions and receive some helpful answers. We're here to help you.

Forum moderators: Chuck Hards, kkokkolis, WOBentley
  • 23485 topics
  • 343343 replies
Focuser or mount? - last post by Ed D

General Observing and Astronomy

General Observing and Amateur Astronomy topics and questions that do not fit into our other forums. This includes unaided eye observing (satellites, weather, auroras etc) and non equipment topics (LASIK, observing sites, dressing for the cold/hot etc)

Forum moderators: cildarith, panhard, tecmage
  • 5853 topics
  • 82213 replies
Neptune with 12" dob - last post by lamplight

Outreach

The official forum for the Astronomy Outreach Network. Post questions about Outreach, suggestions or even just publicize your Outreach events. If it has to do with promoting our great hobby, it goes here!

Forum moderators: nitegeezer, tecmage
  • 401 topics
  • 3873 replies
Quasi-Field Trip to View th... - last post by core

Light Pollution

While CN does not typically allow politics, this is one forum in which the discussion of legislation dealing with this matter is permitted. This is a problem that will eventually affect all of us to one degree or another.

Forum moderators: nitegeezer, PatHolland, richard7
  • 1052 topics
  • 11997 replies
Has everyone here installed... - last post by Ahab

Toggle Equipment Discussions Equipment Discussions

  Forum Stats Last Post Info

ATM, Optics and DIY Forum

Amateur Telescope Making (ATM) and any do it yourself related activities. Ask questions, discuss and post pictures of telescope related projects, optics, telescopes, observing chairs, etc.

Forum moderators: ausastronomer, richard7, Starman81
  • 14280 topics
  • 199938 replies
Edge Bevels - last post by Pinbout

Binoculars

"Best Of Binocular" Library, How to Choose, Equipment Minireviews, Observation Reports, Testing Aspects, Aberrations and Deficiencies, Books, Binocular Mounts, Observing Lists, Exit Pupil vs Eye Pupil, Binocular Vision and more

Forum moderators: Greyhaven, Knuklhdastrnmr, WOBentley
  • 12188 topics
  • 168047 replies
Making two ETX 90

Binoviewers

Binoviewer discussion forum

Forum moderators: Geo557, Joe C, TG
  • 3758 topics
  • 37062 replies
Denk to Baader T2 Prism? - last post by Lada

Cats & Casses

A forum for discussing Cassegrain (Classic Cassegrain, Ritchey-Chrétien, Dall–Kirkham, etc) and Catadioptric telescopes (Schmidt and Maksutov Cassegrains, ACF, Edge HD, etc).

Forum moderators: cbwerner, kkokkolis, Starman27
  • 12557 topics
  • 176832 replies
8" SCT  versus 5"APO - last post by Asbytec

Classic Telescopes

Telescopes from an era gone by. The place to discuss older telescopes. Antiques, flea market finds, and scopes from grandpa's attic. From the 1780's to the 1980's - refractors, reflectors, and early SCT's. Discussing all aspects of restoring, collecting, and observing with older scopes.

  • 9661 topics
  • 179789 replies
Glue for felt - last post by terraclarke

Equipment

A forum for any general equipment discussion, accessories and a great starting point if you are not sure where to post that burning question about equipment.

Forum moderators: cbwerner, rflinn68, tecmage
  • 20444 topics
  • 237955 replies
Ronchi worth buying? - last post by Eddgie

Eyepieces

A place to discuss our favorite eyepieces and eyepiece accessories, barlows, filters, etc.

Forum moderators: ausastronomer, cbwerner, droid, kkokkolis
  • 23911 topics
  • 384774 replies
Food for 3 weeks, or a Pent... - last post by sonny.barile

Mounts

A Forum to discuss all types of mounts and mount accessories - including computerized, manual, GEM, fork mount, parallactic, alt-az, DSCs, PushTo and GoTo systems.

Forum moderators: bilgebay, Dave M, richard7
  • 19849 topics
  • 210298 replies
PHD "deleting socket" - last post by Hbeing

Observatories

A forum for discussing the ins and outs of current observatories as well as sharing designs, and ideas. Manufacturers and Vendors are invited to attend.

  • 4015 topics
  • 82798 replies
Remote Temperature device - last post by james7ca

Reflectors

A forum for discussing Newtonian type reflecting telescopes (including Schmidt and Maksutov designs as well as Herschelian, Off-Axis, etc).

  • 16496 topics
  • 257216 replies
10" f/5 Portaball (olde... - last post by John O'Hara

Refractors

A forum for discussing refractor telescopes.

Forum moderators: dr.who, FirstSight, panhard, star drop
  • 20160 topics
  • 383305 replies
Converting from an SCT to a... - last post by Swedpat

Electronically Assisted Astronomy

A meeting place for people that use or wish to discuss Electronically Assisted Astronomy and the equipment used. Electronically Assisted Astronomy is the use of a digital image capturing device in lieu of an eyepiece at the telescope.

Forum moderators: cbwerner, FirstSight, Starman27
  • 3026 topics
  • 36658 replies
Einstein's Cross - got... - last post by nytecam

Celestron SkyScout and Meade mySky

A dedicated forum for the Celestron SkyScout and Meade mySky hand held planetariums. (archive)

  • 384 topics
  • 2907 replies
New moderator - last post by Moondoggy

Toggle Astrophotography and Sketching Astrophotography and Sketching

  Forum Stats Last Post Info

Beginning and Intermediate Imaging

This forum is mainly intended for beginners getting started imaging as well as intermediate imagers looking to improve their technique. Typical beginning imaging equipment will include webcams, the Meade DSI and other low cost imagers. Please read the image posting guidelines before you post!

Forum moderators: dr.who, nitegeezer, rflinn68, WOBentley
  • 21092 topics
  • 169388 replies
Creating World Class DSLR A... - last post by terry59

Film Astrophotography

Discussions about astrophotography using film.

Forum moderators: 1965healy, WOBentley
  • 2238 topics
  • 15532 replies
Large format astrophotography - last post by Kona

DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing

This forum is for DSLR & Digital Camera Astro imaging. Those folks with regular digital cameras are welcome to post here. Discuss equipment, techniques, software; and of course, post your photos! Please read the forum guidelines inside the forum for more info.

Forum moderators: Dave M, tecmage, WOBentley
  • 30324 topics
  • 248176 replies
Canon 60 Da - last post by minneola

CCD Imaging & Processing

A forum about CCD Imaging to include posting images, taken with CCD camera, discuss techniques, software and engage in friendly conversations.

Forum moderators: bilgebay, dr.who, Oldfield, WOBentley
  • 28240 topics
  • 237356 replies
IC443 - Jellyfish nebula -... - last post by terry59

Solar System Imaging & Processing

A forum to post images of the Sun, Moon, Planets and other objects winging through the Solar System. All Camera types are invited to post images and discuss techniques, software and engage in friendly competition. Please read the image posting guidelines before you post!

Forum moderators: bilgebay, Starman81, TG, WOBentley
  • 26024 topics
  • 190779 replies
Jupiter Oct 31st from Bangkok - last post by Tizianobkk

Sketching

A forum for the discussion of sketching stellar objects, and displaying user drawings.

Forum moderators: cildarith, Greyhaven, WOBentley
  • 7156 topics
  • 70568 replies
NGC 6934 - last post by Asbytec

Astro Imaging/Sketching Contest

This forum is to be used to submit photos for the Astro Imaging/Sketching Contest.

Forum moderators: WOBentley
  • 420 topics
  • 2874 replies
Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spr... - last post by entity62

Toggle Observing Observing

  Forum Stats Last Post Info

Solar System Observing

A friendly place to discuss planetary & solar system object observing.

Forum moderators: dr.who, Rich (RLTYS), star drop
  • 6050 topics
  • 58600 replies
Uranus and Neptune Observat... - last post by Asbytec

Lunar Observing

A forum dedicated to the observation and appreciation of our Moon. Join us in the Lunie Bin and learn about the only world other than the Earth to bear the imprint of human feet. Images and sketches are most welcome. (Please limit the size of image files to 100K.)

Forum moderators: Dave Mitsky, star drop, Starman81
  • 4503 topics
  • 37231 replies
"Black Lips" feature - last post by A6Q6

Deep Sky Observing

A dark place to discuss deep sky observing and observations

  • 6827 topics
  • 76624 replies
image intensified eyepiece... - last post by nytecam

Double Star Observing

Double Stars, Rayleigh Limit and Dawes Limit; a place for observers with split personalities.

Forum moderators: PJ Anway, rflinn68, Rich (RLTYS)
  • 2249 topics
  • 25135 replies
Separation Gamma Equ - last post by WRAK

Solar Observing and Imaging

Hot place to discuss solar observing and imaging topics

Forum moderators: nitegeezer, Phillip Creed
  • 23854 topics
  • 193817 replies
DS options for LS100Tha. - last post by GUS.K

Variable Star Observing and Radio Astronomy

This is a forum for variable star observers and radio astronomy discussion.

Forum moderators: Rich (RLTYS)
  • 907 topics
  • 6325 replies
Radio astronomy antenna - last post by astroMakemake42

Toggle Telescope Specific Forums Telescope Specific Forums

  Forum Stats Last Post Info

Celestron NexStar

Discussion forum for Celestron computerized telescopes and mounts using NexStar technology (NexStar, NexStar GPS, CPC, etc).

Forum moderators: Brian Risley, mayidunk, panhard
  • 10768 topics
  • 135043 replies
Show off your NexStar - last post by hopskipson

Questar Forum

A forum for discussing Questar and Quantum telescopes

Forum moderators: Brian Risley, cbwerner
  • 806 topics
  • 7248 replies
testing of Questar optics - last post by 93711dude

Meade Computerized Telescopes

A forum to discuss advanced Meade scopes. Among them the ETX, LX90, LX200, LX200 GPS, RCX, and the LX200 ACF series.

  • 7793 topics
  • 68748 replies
Meade micro-focuser part - last post by Ham Radio

Toggle Speciality Forums Speciality Forums

  Forum Stats Last Post Info

Astronomy Shows & Conferences

A place to discuss, learn about and make plans for NEAF, Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo, imaging conferences and more.

Forum moderators: WOBentley
  • 219 topics
  • 5352 replies
2014 Arizona Science and As... - last post by seryddwr

Astro Art, Books, Websites & Other Media

A place to share your astronomy artwork (non-photographic) and *non* commercial astronomy websites and discuss astro related books, magazines, charts, movies and TV shows.

Forum moderators: Geo557, kkokkolis
  • 3159 topics
  • 31429 replies
my oil painting<jing yi... - last post by John Gauvreau

Astronomy Clubs and Star Parties

For discussion and announcements of astronomy club meetings, star parties and other events.

Forum moderators: darklighteditor, Joe C
  • 2417 topics
  • 71976 replies
Staunton River Star Party F... - last post by moonworm

Astronomy Software & Computers

This is the place to discuss all things associated with computers & gadgets, both hardware and software (including PDAs, smartphones, tablets, laptops, astronomy programs and apps, Celestron SkyScout and Meade MySky devices, etc.) -- as they relate to astronomy.

Forum moderators: kkokkolis, richard7
  • 4854 topics
  • 41255 replies
Sky Safari 4 - last post by firstmagnitude

Science! Astronomy & Space Exploration, and Others

Discuss all science topics, particularly the sciences relating to Astronomy and Space Exploration. This includes all the natural sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Geology, and Biology. They can include applied sciences such as engineering and construction as well. Wherever the scientific method is used, you can discuss it here. As always, no politics, pseudo-science, crack-pottery, or anti-science.

Forum moderators: FirstSight, LivingNDixie
  • 4064 topics
  • 56835 replies
Elon Musk believes colonizi... - last post by Rick Woods

Space Rocks

This is the place to discuss meteorites and related subjects - including tektites, impact theories, and parent bodies. Got a question about collecting or caring for your meteorites? Ask it here.

Forum moderators: darklighteditor, Dave M
  • 951 topics
  • 8968 replies
Newbie asks: Which meteorit... - last post by mark8888

Toggle Other Other

  Forum Stats Last Post Info

Cloudy Days & Microscopes

This forum is to discuss birding and other daytime or indoor terrestrial usage of optics, and related equipment; e.g. microscopes.

Forum moderators: mayidunk
  • 1242 topics
  • 20580 replies
Is a Zeiss OPMI eyepiece an... - last post by gatorengineer

Toggle CN Feedback and Vendor Announcements CN Feedback and Vendor Announcements

  Forum Stats Last Post Info

Vendor and Group Announcements

A place for vendors and non-CN related organizations to post announcements.

Forum moderators: bilgebay, Brian Risley
  • 3478 topics
  • 24489 replies
Moonraker Refractors needs... - last post by markdturner1

Recent Topics

Upcoming Calendar Events

There are no forthcoming calendar events


CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


 

  • 6252677 Total Posts
  • 79611 Total Members
  • gourldk1 Newest Member
  • 1465 Most Online


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics