Best of the Beginner's Forum & How-Tos
Posted 08 March 2007 - 02:25 PM
How to estimate seeing & transparency
Posted 18 September 2010 - 08:13 PM
The Best FREE Astronomy Software
The Frugal Astronomer
How and when did you get interested in astronomy? (the original Cloudy Nights "Wandering Thread")
Favorite Viewing Sites (link to thread in the General Observing Forum)
Posted 18 September 2010 - 08:27 PM
Largest true-color photograph of the night sky
Wondering why the views through your scope are "mushy", and everything looks like it's under running water? Check out the latest Jet Stream Analysis from the California Regional Weather Server.
Want to add your local CSC to your signature? Here's how.
Lists of common contractions, abbreviations, and acronyms
Determining your limiting magnitude
Safely observe the sun
Jay Reynolds Freeman's Glossary for Telescope Buyers and Users
Terms and Definitions from Solarviews.com
How to pick a telescope from Astronomics
Limiting Magnitude by Telescope Aperture
Amateur Telescope Making from Stellafane.org
The Bortle Scale from Sky and Telescope
Guide to Eyepieces
Ian's sketches of what various objects look like through 5" and 8" SCTs
Cleaning Optics from The Arkansas Sky Observatory
Damian Peach's Guide to Astronomical Seeing
Telrad finder charts for The Messier List
JPL/NASA Space Calendar
Massive list of links to amateur astro sites
Orion's DeepMap 600
Visible lunar features from Inconstant Moon
Tonight's Sky. A simply amazing site/program that allows you to customize an observing list for your specific location and time. If you're wondering what to look at tonight, or any night, give this site a try.
Great collection of articles and how to's, from Andy's Shot Glass.
HNsky - Excellent free planetarium program.
Cartes du Ciel - Free sky charts program
Stellarium - One of the best planetarium programs - and it's free!
Virtual Moon Atlas
Polar align your scope in the Southern Hemisphere
Another site with Southern hemisphere polar alignment info
Heavens Above - Easy to use for beginners; has basic charts, satellite and minor planet location info.
Info for owners of SCTs
The Evening Sky Map - download a free 2-page monthly guide to the night sky.
Telescope/EP Field of View Calculator
Custom Sunrise/Sunset Calculator
Good discussion about how to estimate degrees. Make sure to take a look at Measuring the Night Sky from the Fort Worth Astronomical Society.