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Posted 08 March 2007 - 02:25 PM

The determination of seeing, transparency, and darkness.

How to estimate seeing & transparency
 

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 07:38 AM

Learn about different telescopes types and why some scopes are better for different types of viewing: A Few Basics about Telescope Types for Beginners
 

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 07:42 AM

In these pages there a MANY Contractions and Acronyms that are used. Learn a bit about computer shorthand in this thread. Common CN Contractions and Acronyms
 

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 10:28 AM

A link to a site providing useful informations on the Messier objects. Helpful for planning an observing session:

Messier List
 

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 01:36 PM

Do you find yourself mixing the concepts of 'seeing' and 'transparency' while trying to describe your viewing conditions? Try this handy summary by Tony Flanders:

Seeing is Not Transparency
 

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 04:57 PM

How do you turn a link like this -

http://www.cloudynig...5/o/all/fpart/1

into a neater link like this?

Links in Posts

Click on either link for the answer. ;)
 

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 05:57 PM

Here is a thread containing a printable version of the Damian Peach animation of Pickering's scale for measuring seeing conditions:

The Pickering Scale
 

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 01:50 PM

If you live in the USA, the following thread may be relevant for you:
Get rid of street lamp light - LEGALLY!
 

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:10 AM

Safety issues involved with the use of green laser pointers near airports:

Green Laser Pointers and Airports
 

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:17 AM

Simple Home-made Equatorial Tracking Platform
 

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 11:29 PM

I found this telescope math calculator to be very helpful plus they have lots of useful info,
http://www.stargazin...a/scopemath.htm
thank you! naa
 

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 04:36 PM

Want an inexpensive and convenient way to roll out that dob? Check these threads!

8" Dob portability

8" Dob portability/Platform remodel w/ pictures

And most recently, a CN member putting the idea to use:

Carol's Dolly Mod
 

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 05:48 PM

Free Telrad Charts and More!

Carol's Picks
 

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 12:05 PM

The basics of the language of astronomy:

Astronomical Terminology
 

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 03:45 AM

CN Report: Cold Weather Observing

Tips to stay warm and enjoy those clear but cold winter nights.
 

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 05:16 PM

Using Setting Circles
 

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:40 PM

An entry from the General Observing forum:

Magnitude Math
 

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 11:00 AM

Tips for using the ever popular Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas..


Sky and Telescope Pocket Atlas
 

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 08:13 PM

Active Threads:

The Best FREE Astronomy Software

The Frugal Astronomer

Scope Buddies

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)
 

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 08:24 PM

Beginners tips to buying used gear

To Intelliscope or Not to Intelliscope - an excellent, in depth discussion on Dobs.
 

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 08:27 PM

Reference threads and links:

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

Posting images

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

Celestron's Knowledgebase

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.
 

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 08:32 PM

Old "Best of" thread, to be retained as a reference until links have been verified & copied.
 






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